Pediatrics Residency Program

  • Research

    We believe that learning is a lifelong effort and that the learner in medicine starts by understanding the principles that drive changes in clinical care. In most cases, clinical care is rooted in evidence. As defined by D. L. Sackett in a 1992 edition of the British Medical Journal, Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) is the “conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients.” While there are other considerations, such as access and availability of treatments and patient preference that one must account for when caring for patients, EBM has emerged as the foundation of excellent patient care. Through their clinical experience and with support from the EBM curriculum, ALL residents are required to 1. Create a scientific question, 2. Develop an approach to answer the question, 3. Collect and analyze the data, 4. Interpret the data, and 5. Present the data (oral abstract, poster abstract, or manuscript). Of course, no research would be complete without training in the protection of “Human Subject Research”; hence all residents complete a course in this as well. We are very fortunate to have several dual degree faculty members (Masters of Science or Public Health) within the MSM Department of Pediatrics who can serve as mentors for resident research projects.

    All PGY 3 residents must complete and present a research project and they must complete a QI project, with an option to present.

    June 2013, marked the 2nd Annual William E. Booth Resident Research day which included over 20 participants from all seven residency program. Residents from pediatrics submitted the following presentations:

    • Correlation of Hematologic Screening Parameters to Positive Blood Cultures Neonates - Gerren Ector, M.D. & Kenice Ferguson-Paul, M.D.
    • Pediatric Residents Knowledge of Child Safety Seat Use According to AAP Guidelines - Neha Arora Vaitha, M.D. & Richelle Gonzalez-Brown, M.D.
    • Parental Stress of Down Syndrome Families: Net Support vs. Playgroup - Lori Shaw, M.D. & Dipika Sharma, M.D.

    For the 1st Annual William E. Booth Resident Research Day residents from pediatrics submitted the following presentations:

    • Evaluation of Asthma Knowledge in the Emergency Room Setting – Constance Enmon, M.D. & Pallavi Ghuge, M.D. – Awarded Second Place
    • Parental Perceptions of the Influenza Vaccine – Lindsey Mangham, M.D. & Ima Payton, M.D.
    • Assessment of Bullying from a Student and Parental Viewpoint – LaKimberly Pearson, M.D. & Jason Thomas, M.D.

    In addition, other scholarly activities included:

    • GA AAP Pediatrics on the Parkway – 2011 Fall Meeting Jeopardy winners by Richelle Gonzalez-Brown, M.D. & Dipika Sharma, M.D.
    • Midwest Pediatric Hospital Medicine Conference case and poster presentation by Jessica Daigle, M.D.
    • 2011 NMA Pediatric Section Billie Wright Adams Scholars – Monique Cunningham-Lindsey, DO, Lori Shaw, M.D., Lindsey Mangham, M.D., Ima Paton, M.D., and LaKimberly Pearson, M.D.
    • 2012 AMSPDC Frontiers in Science Program Conference attendee Tisha Spence, M.D.
    • NIH Travel Award granted to Lori Shaw, M.D.
    • Pediatric Hospital Medicine 2012 Conference case and posters accepted for: Monique Cunningham-Lindsey, DO, Dipika Sharma, M.D., Kenice Ferguson-Paul, M.D., Richelle Gonzalez-Brown, M.D., Gerren Ector, Tisha Spence, M.D., and Jessica Daigle, M.D.

    Resident Spotlight

    “If I could give advice to a residency applicant I would say go to a program where you can be happy, learn, and grow both personally and professionally”
    - Lillianne Lewis
    Pediatric Resident
    Class of 2015