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 2019-2020: 25
  • Pratt Resident Research Symposium submissions in 2020: 38
  • During the 2018-19 and 2019-2020 academic years:
    • 9 RISE awards
    • 5 GROW awards
    • 2 Pediatric Scientist Development Program participants
    • 2 American Academy of Pediatrics CATCH grants
    • 3 American Board of Pediatrics accelerated research pathway
    • 3 American Board of Pediatrics integrated research pathway residents

Opportunities for presenting your research

  • Pratt Resident Research Symposium: Poster session and separate oral presentations at annual resident research day, 4 best oral presentations selected to be presented at institutional Grand Rounds at a later date
  • Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting
  • American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition
  • Sub-specialty Society meetings: Pediatric Hospital Medicine, American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, etc

Resident-only research awards

  • RISE (Research Innovation in Support of Excellence) Award: Merit-based award for mentored research proposals for up to 5 pediatric (combined or categorical) residents per year. Four months dedicated to research in the 2nd or 3rd year. Award includes funds for research supplies, travel and additional stipend. 2020 RISE award recipients’ projects include:
    • The protective effects of the IL-33-ILC2-IL-13 paracrine circuit on cholangiocyte function in biliary atresia - Abigail Russi, MD, PhD
    • Food as Medicine: impact of a Primary Care embedded pantry on pediatric outcomes - Michelle March, MD, MPH
    • Innate immune cell trafficking and cytokine signaling in lung organoids - Shelby Steinmeyer, MD, PhD
    • The role of ultrasound-derived liver stiffness in predicting Fontan hemodynamics and outcomes - Faizeen Zafar, MBBS
  • GROW (Global Research Opportunities Worldwide) Award: Merit-based award similar to RISE award, but for Global Health-related research, includes extra money for international travel. 2020 GROW award recipients’ projects include:
    • Detection of critical congenital heart disease at high altitudes: Evaluating the utility of newborn pulse oximetry screening in El Alto, Bolivia - Erin McCann, MD, MPH
    • Pain Assessment In Native Languages: Evaluation of a Swahili-specific Scale (PAINLESS) - Stephen Rineer, MD
    • Simultaneous Point-of-Care Assessment of Sickle Cell Disease, Anemia, and Malaria in Mwanza, Tanzania - Jodie Odame, MB ChB

Recent resident research projects

  • AAP CATCH Grant 2020: Improving Immunization Rates in Underserved Neighborhoods - Erin McCann, MD, MPH and Elizabeth Lendrum, MD
  • AAP CATCH Grant 2020: Utilizing digital screening questionnaires to generate automated community referrals - Scott Call, MD, and Tony Casillas, MD
  • Clinical Outcomes Among Children with Bronchiolitis Requiring High-flow Nasal Cannula Therapy - Matthew Gillen, MD
  • Pre-conceptual Priming Protects Against Pregnancy-Induced E. coli Susceptibility in Mice - Nina Prasanphanich, MD, PhD