Research Opportunities During Residency

Many of our residents engage in research during training, with experiences ranging from case reports to mentored projects with extramural funding. The academic strengths of our diverse faculty, the flexibility of our curriculum, and an incredibly supportive institutional environment provide ample opportunities to succeed in research during residency. With 6 months of elective time, residents can choose to schedule dedicated research elective months or may also apply for the Integrated Research Pathway or the Accelerated Research Pathway through the American Board of Pediatrics.

Record of Excellence

  • Number of residents presenting posters/abstracts at national meetings 2022-23: 32
  • Number of publications involving residents during the academic year July 2022 to June 2023: 19
  • Pratt Resident Research Symposium submissions in 2023: 45
  • American Academy of Pediatrics CATCH grants: 2
    • Saige Camara, Kristen Peterson and Elizabeth Lendrum: Reinforcing Health Equity Around Childhood Homelessness – Mentors Anita Shah, DO, MMS, MPH & Nick DeBlasio, MD
    • Nicole Damari: Utilizing digital screening questionnaires to generate automated community referrals – Mentor Amy Rule, MD
  • Multiple recent American Board of Pediatrics Accelerated Research Pathway and Integrated Research Pathway residents

Research Innovation in Support of Excellence (RISE) Award Recipients

  • Valentina Bonnefil, DO
    Linking PARa Genotype and Patient Endotype to Drive Precision Medicine in Pediatric Sepsis
    Mentors: Mihir Atreya, MD and Basilia Zingarelli. MD. PhD
  • Kristin Lambert, MD, PhD
    Insult During Infancy: Early Life Antibiotics Disrupt Lung Repair Following Inflenza-A Infection and Injury
    Mentor: Hitesh Deshmukh, MD, PhD

  • Tal Marshanski, MD
    Defining Pro-fibrotic Mechanisms in Linking NCF2 Gene Variants to Stricturing Disease Complications in Pediatric Crohn's Disease
    Mentor: Ted Denson, MD

  • Aimée Vester, MD, PhD
    Assessing the Relationships Between Early Lead, Tobacco Smoke, and Folate Exposures and School-Age Child IQ in the HOME Study
    Mentors: Kimberly Yolton, PhD and Nicholas Newman, DO

Global Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) Award Recipients

  • Laura Rangel Rodriguez, MD
    Assessment of Renal Angina Index for Prediction of Severe Acute Kidney Injury Requiring Renal Replacement Therapy in Critically IlI Pediatric Patients Admitted to the Intensive Care Unit in the Dominican Republic
    Mentor; Stuart Goldstein, MD

  • Aynara Wulsin, MD, PhD
    Genotype-Phenotype Retrospective Analysis of a Mexican Tuberous Sclerosis Cohort
    Mentors: Darcy Krueger, MD, PhD and Rosalba Sevilla Montoya, MD, MEd

Recent Resident Research projects

  • Aimé Vester, MD, PhD | Categorical Pediatrics, PGY-2
    Prenatal Lead, Smoking, and Folate: Examining Their Associations with Child IQ in the HOME (Health Outcomes and Measurements of the Environment) Study
  • Katherine Melink, MD | Categorical Pediatrics, PGY-2
    Use of Urine Neutrophil Gelatinase-Associated Lipocalin for Prediction of Severe and Persistent Acute Kidney Injury in Children after Cardiac Surgery
  • Emily Sullivan, MD | Categorical Pediatrics, PGY-2
    Use of a Furosemide Challenge with a Urinary Biomarker for Prediction of Acute Kidney Injury in Children After Cardiac Surgery
  • Michelle Recto, MD | Categorical Pediatrics, PGY-3
    Higher Presenting BMI Associated with Lower Odds of Medical Admission for Anorexia Nervosa in Adolescents, Independent of Physiologic Parameters
  • Molly Ahye, MD, PhD | Categorical Pediatrics, PGY-3
    Macrophages from Pediatric TNFα-resistant Crohn’s Disease Patients Display Differential NLRP3 Inflammasome Activation

Watch a video of their presentations