Scholarly Work and Research

Resident Research Opportunities

MCW pediatric residents presenting at the Annual Resident Research Day

Research Elective

  • Ample elective time in the curriculum allows residents to select month-long blocks during which they can develop and implement research projects.
     
  • Residents can choose the subspecialty/research track which can be tailored to provide mentorship and elective experiences aimed at research goals and the opportunity to perform research as a scholarly project.
     
  • All physician-scientists of the CRI are available to serve as research mentors for residents.
     
  • Stipends provide funding for residents to travel to and present research at national meetings.
     
  • Annual Resident Research Day. Yearly conference for residents to present any and all research which they have performed.
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  2017 Resident QI Day Presentations

Improving resident education in trauma-informed care
Members: Susie Light, Julia Richards, Vanessa McFadden, Anna Schmitz, Rachel Weigert
Mentors: Lynn Sheets, Kelly Hodges
 
Improving immunization rates among inpatient pediatric patients
Members: Rachel Sullivan, Amanda Wenzel, Rose Doolittle, Danielle DuMez, Prurabi Sonowal, Karlo Kovacic, Corinne Swearingen
Mentor: Sandra Gage
 
Project POPCORN: Improving caregiver knowledge of patient care team using photos with roles and names
Members: Daniel Beacher, Brian Carroll, Keli Coleman, Maja Katusic, Kent Rosenwald
Mentor: Amanda Rogers
 
Improving patient safety through standardized paging practices
Members: Rachel Weigert, Anna Schmitz, Jennifer Lhost, Eric Velazquez, Lea Steffes
Mentors: Mike Weisgerber, Paula Soung
 
Improving resident-nurse communication in the NICU
Members: Ali Coren, Kate Rubey, Corinne Swearingen
Mentor: Mike Uhing
 
Improving junior medical student teaching by pediatric residents
Members: Alina Burek
Mentor: Kris Saudek

  2017 Resident Research Day Presentations

Brian Carroll
The Impact of BMI on Diagnostic Testing for Bronchospasm: Rates of Positive Exercise Challenge Tests

Karlo Kovacic
Health care utilization associated with comorbidities in children with anorectal malformations across the United States

Hema Krishna
Six-Minute Walk Distance Under 200 Meters Predicts 30-day Heart Failure Readmission

Hema Krishna
Management of Heart Failure Patients Bades on Pulmonary Artery Pressure Measurements Using CardioMEMS - Single Center Experience

Clare O'Hare
In Utero Hyperglycemia Results in Cerebral Vascular Remodeling in Newborn Rat Pups

Erin Rholl
Reducing Unnecessary Laboratory Evaluations in Gastroschisis Infants

Kathryn Rubey
Fatty Acids Found in Expressed Breast Milk are Associated with NOX1 Activity in Intestinal Epithelial Cell Culture

Abhineet Sharma
Risk Factors for Aortic Root Dilation in Ehlers-Danlos type III and Intervals for Follow-up echocardiogram

Anna Schmitz and Rachel Weigert
Improving Patient Safety through Standardized Paging Practices

Rachel Sullivan
Earlier Pulmonary Valve Replacement in Down Syndrome Patients Following Tetralogy of Fallot Repair

Corinne Swearingen
Reading as a tool for language development and increased parental bonding among preterm infants in the neonatal intensive care unit

Amanda Wenzel
Index of Suspicion: One Pediatric Tertiary Care Center’s Experience Diagnosing Acute Pancreatitis in the Emergency Room

  2016 Resident Research Day Presentations

Sarah Bauer, MD
Ischemic Tubular Epithelium Plays a Key Role in Interstitial Fibrosis in ADPKD

Jessica Lake, MD, MPH
E - Evaluation of a Standardized Approach to the Diagnosis of Mild Platelet Function Defects: Recommendation for a Target Approach to the Diagnosis of Mild Platelet Function Defects and Identification of a Subset of Children with a "Developmental" Form

Matthew Moehlmann, DO
Safety and Efficacy of Catheter Ablation in Children <15kg

Callie Nguyen, MD
Multidisciplinary Efforts to Reducing Time to Phototherapy in Jaundiced Neonates: A Quality Improvement Study

Kathryn Rubey, MD
Expressed Breast Milk Fatty Acids are Associated with NOX1 Activity in Intestinal Epithelial Cell Cultures

Abhineet Sharma, MD
Bile Acid Treatment of Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) Infused Animals Induces Divergence in Gut Microbial Flora

  Resident Presentations at Regional, National, and International Meetings

Brandon Palmer, MD, Erica Chou, Sara Lauck, Robert Treat.
It’s Time to Play…Respiratory Feud!: Using a Family Feud Game Show Format as an Innovative Approach to Teach Medical Students About Common Pediatric Respiratory Disorders. Presented at Innovations in Medical Education. April 2017. Milwaukee, WI.

Brandon Palmer, MD
Time for Respiratory feud! Acquiring Knowledge Through Game Based Learning. Presented at Pediatric Hospital Medicine 2017. Nashville, TN.

Clare O’Hare, MD with Virginia Kaperick MD
Poster Presentation: Think Pink for Ingested Radiopaque Material. Presented at CHW Best Practices Conference March 2017. Wisconsin Dells, WI.

Clare O'Hare, MD, Jodi Garvin, Qiuli Liu, Robert Ryan, Michelle Baack, Kevin Rarick, David Harder, Susan Cohen. In Utero Hyperglycemia Results in Cerebral Vascular Remolding in Newborn Rat Pups. Presented at PAS 2017. San Francisco, CA

Sarah Bauer, MD
Ischemic Tubular Epithelium Plays a Key Role in Interstitial Fibrosis in ADPKD. Presented at PAS 2016, Baltimore, MD.

Daniel Beacher, MD
Late Outcomes After Surgical Repair for Tetralogy of Fallot with Absent Pulmonary Valve. Presented at 2015 Midwest Pediatric Cardiology Society Meeting, Peoria, IL.

Mallory Cohen, MD
An Emergency Room Presentation of a Six-Year-Old Male with Acute Altered Mental Status. Presented at Best Practices in Pediatrics Winter 2014 CME Conference, Wisconsin Dells, WI.

James Daly, MD
Maternal Stress and High-Fat Diet Increase mRNA Levels of Hepatic Toll-like Receptors. Presented at 2015 Pediatric Academic Society.

James Daly, MD
Maternal Environment Affects Methylation Enzyme Expression in Hepatic Tissue of Offspring. Presented at 2015 Pediatric Academic Society.

James Daly, MD
Practice Variations in Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) Guidelines Among Providers in Different Practice Environments Across the US. Presented at 2015 AAP conference.

Katie Fritz, MD, MPH
Development and Validation of Prism: A Survey Tool to Identify Diabetes Self-Management Barriers. Presented at PAS 2013 and Pediatric Endocrine Society Presidential Poster Session.

James Hahn, MD
Acute Pelvic Pain in the Adolescent Athlete. Presented at the Winter 2013 CHW Best Practices in Pediatrics.

Jessica Lake, MD, MPH
Evaluation of a Standardized Approach to the Diagnosis of Mild Platelet Function Defects: Recommendation for a Targeted Approach to the Diagnosis of Mild Platelet Function Defects and Identification of a Subset of Children with a "Developmental" Form. Presented at 2016 Best Practices in Pediatrics, Wisconsin Dells, WI.

Jessica Lake, MD, MPH
Evaluation of a Standardized Approach to the Diagnosis of Mild Platelet Function Defects: Recommendation for a Targeted Approach to the Diagnosis of Mild Platelet Function Defects and Identification of a Subset of Children with a "Developmental" Form. Presented at 2015 American Society of Hematology, Orlando, FL.

Jessica Lake, MD, MPH
A Case of Necrotizing Epiglottitis due to Non-Toxigenic Corynebacterium Diphtheria. Presented at 2014 American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Chicago, IL.

Patrick Lehman, MD
Case Report: Diagnosis and Management of Pediatric Sport-Related Concussion. Presented at 2015 Best Practices Conference.

Tristan Levey, MD
Hyaluronidase Injection for Extravasation of Calcium. Presented at 2016 Midwest Anesthesia Resident Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Rohit Loomba, MD
Ventricular Morphology or Fenestration Status Does Not Impact Exercise Capacity or Regional Blood Flow in Fontan Patients: A Study Utilizing Near Infrared Spectroscopy. Presented at 2013 American College of Cardiology Scientific Session.

Rohit Loomba, MD
Ten-Year Trends of Prediabetes and Prehypertension Among Healthy Women. Presented at 2013 American College of Cardiology Scientific Session.

Rachel Lucas, DO
Vaccine Error in an Urban Resident Clinics. Poster Presentation at 2015 AAP Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Kathryn Rubey, MD
Expressed Breast Milk Fatty Acids are Associated with NOX1 Activity in Intestinal Epithelial Cell Cultures. Presented at PAS 2016, Baltimore, MD.

Eric Schauberger, DO, PhD
Maternal Environment Alters Adiposity in Offspring. Presented at 2015 Pediatric Academic Society.

Eric Schauberger, DO, PhD
Maternal Environment Affects Methylation Enzyme Expression in Hepatic Tissue of Offspring. Presented at 2015 Pediatric Academic Society.

Eric Schauberger, DO, PhD
Maternal Stress and High-Fat Diet Increase mRNA Levels of Hepatic Toll-like Receptors. Presented at 2015 Pediatric Academic Society.

Anna Schmitz, MD
Improving Paging Communication. Presented at the APPD 2016 Annual Spring Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Anna Schmitz, MD
Tachycardia: Going beyond the Usual Suspects. Presented at CHW Best Practices Conference March 2017. Wisconsin Dells, WI

Rachel Weigert, MD, Anna Schmitz, MD, Michael Weisgerber, MD, Paula Soung, MD
Poster Presentation: Improving Patient Safety through Standardized Paging Practices. Presented at APPD National Meeting 2017. Anaheim, CA.

Anna Schmitz, MD
Case Presentation: Tachycardia - Going Beyond the Usual Suspects. Presented at Pediatric Hospital Medicine Meeting. Nashville, TN. July 2017.

Abhineet Sharma, MD
Bile Acid Treatment of Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) Infused Animals Induces Divergence in Gut Microbial Flora. Presented at NASPGHAN, Washington, DC.

Abhineet Sharma, MD
Preserved Gut Microbial Diversity Accompanies Upregulation of TGR5 and Hepatobiliary Transporters in Bile Acid-Treated Animals Receiving Parenteral Nutrition. Presented at Clinical Nutrition Week, Austin, Texas. January 2016.

Chris Sumski, MD
Resource Utilization at Pediatric and Adult Cardiac Centers for Pulmonary Valve Replacements in Adolescents and Young Adults. Presented at the 2015 Midwest Pediatric Cardiology Society Conference.

Chris Sumski, MD
Pulmonary Valve Replacements at Pediatric and Adult Institutions. Presented at 2015 Midwest Pediatric Cardiology Society Meeting, Peoria, IL.

Justinn Tanem, MD
Workforce Survey of Pediatric Interfacility Transport Systems in the United States. Presented at 2014 MARC (Midwest Anesthesia Resident Conference).

Justinn Tanem, MD
Workforce Survey of Pediatric Interfacility Transport Systems. Presented at 2013 AAP National Conference and Exhibition.

Sarah Vepraskas, MD
The SO-PEACH (Suspected Observable Presenter Empowerment Action Checklist), a Novel Instrument for Evaluating Presenter Empowerment During Patient and Family-Centered Rounds. Presented at PAS 2013.

Sarah Vepraskas, MD
Involvement of Community Organizations in Combating Childhood Obesity. Presented at 2013 and 2013 WIAAP Resident Advocacy Day.

Alaina Vidmar, MD
Effects of Clinical Surveillance on BME Trends in Pediatric Patients. Presented at 2014 AAP conference.

Alaina Vidmar, MD
Effects of Riboflavin for Migraine Prophylaxis. Presented at 2014 AAP conference.

Alaina Vidmar, MD
Is it Polio? MR Imaging of Pediatric Spinal Cord Infections. Presented at 2015 American Society of Neuroradiology.

Alina Burek, MD
How Can I Help You?...Improving a Residents as Educators Curriculum Using Medical Student Feedback. Presented at Innovations in Medical Education. Milwaukee, WI. April 2017.

Rachel Weigert, MD
Improving Paging Communication. Presented at the APPD 2016 Annual Spring Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Rachel Weigert, MD, Anna Schmitz, MD, Michael Weisgerber, MD, Paula Soung, MD
Poster Presentation: Improving Patient Safety through Standardized Paging Practices. Presented at APPD National Meeting 2017. Anaheim, CA.

Bailey Hutchinson, Rachel Weigert, Alyssa Stephany
Headache with a Hint of Lyme: a Juicy case of Pediatric Meningitis. Presented at Society of Hospital Medicine Clinical Vignette Poster Presentation. May 2017. Las Vegas, NV.

Kris Saudek, Peter Bartz, Robert Treat, Rachel Weigert, David Saudek, Michael Weisgerber
Dear Program Director...Understanding Letters of Recommendation. Presented at PAS 2017. San Francisco CA.

Rachel Weigert, MD with Alyssa Stephany, MD
Poster Presentation: Pain in the Rear: An Atypical Presentation of Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia. Presented at CHW Bes Practices Conference March 2017. Wisconsin Dells, WI.

Kris Saudek, Peter Bartz, Robert Treat, Rachel Weigert, David Saudek, Michael Weisgerber
Dear Program Director...Understanding Letters of Recommendation. Presented at APPD 2017. Anaheim, CA.

Kris Saudek, Peter Bartz, Robert Treat, Rachel Weigert, David Saudek, Michael Weisgerber
Dear Program Director...Understanding Letters of Recommendation. Presented at Innovations in Medical Education. April 2017. Milwaukee, WI.

Bethany Weinert, MD
The Seventh Generation Project. Presented at the 2013 International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health, Winter 2013 CHW Best Practices in Pediatrics, and 2013 WIAAP Resident Advocacy Day.

Vanessa McFadden MD, PhD, Alyssa Stephany, MD
Asthmatic with Respiratory Distress: Analyzing Beyond Asthma. Presented at Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) conference 2017. Nashville, TN. July 2017.

Vanessa McFadden MD, PhD, Alyssa Stephany, MD, Danita Hahn, MD
Ending a Resident’s Perception: Edification by Enterovirus. Presented at Pediatric Hospital Medicine (PHM) conference 2017. Nashville, TN. July 2017.

Vanessa McFadden, MD, PhD
Project PRIME (psychological response to international medical electives) oral presentation. Presented at the Global Health Symposium at University of WI, Madison. Madison, WI. April 2016.

Vanessa McFadden, MD, PhD
Project PRIME (psychological response to international medical electives) poster presentation. Presented at PAS 2016. Baltimore, MD.

Vanessa McFadden, MD, PhD
Reliability of a tool to measure culture shock in medical trainees. Presented at PAS 2016. Baltimore, MD.

Erin Birmingham, MD, Christina Diaz, MD
Case Report on Anesthetic and Airway Management with a Trisomy 18 6 Month Female Patient. Presented at Midwest Anesthesia Residents Conference. Chicago, IL. April 2017.

Karlo Kovacic, MD
Health Care Utilization and Congenital Anomalies Associated With Anorectal Malformations: A Study from a Large Nationally Representative Sample. Presented at PAS 2016. Baltimore, MD.

  Resident Research Awards

James Daly, MD
2015 MCWAH Resident Research Day Basic Science Research Award

Joel Hartl, MD
AAP Resident Research Grant for VWFpp/VWF Ratio Before and During DDAVP Challenge

Mallory Cohen, MD
Best Resident Presentation Poster Award (2014)

Jessica Lake, MD, MPH
American Society of Hematology Abstract Achievement Award (2015)
2016 MCWAH Research Award

Kathryn Rubey, MD
2016 MCWAH Research Award
Most Outstanding Resident Research (2016)

Eric Schauberger, DO, PhD
2015 MCWAH Resident Research Day Award
AAAI Chrysalis Project Scholarship

Sarah Vepraskas, MD
2013 MCWAH Research Award for The SO-PEACH (Suspected Observable Presenter Empowerment Action CHecklist), a Novel Instrument for Evaluating Presenter Empowerment During Patient and Family-Centered Rounds

Bethany Weinert, MD
AAP CATCH Grant and Global Health Program Scholarship for The Seventh Generation Project

Rachel Sullivan, MD
Best Oral Abstract Presentation by a Resident, 2016 Midwest Pediatric Cardiology Society Meeting
MCWAH Research and Quality Award, 2017
Pediatric Resident Research Award, Best Clinical Research, 2017 Department of Pediatrics

Clare O’Hare, MD
Pediatric Resident Research Award, Best Basic Research, 2017 Department of Pediatrics

Rachel Weigert, MD
Pediatric Resident Research Award, Best QI Research, 2017 Department of Pediatrics

Hema Krishna, MD
Pediatric Resident Research Award, Best Med-Peds Research, 2017 Department of Pediatrics

Karlo Kovacic, MD
Pediatric Resident Research Award, Outstanding Pediatric Research: Honorable Mention, 2017 Department of Pediatrics

Vanessa McFadden, MD
AAP resident research grant for Project PRIME (psychological response to international medical electives). July 2016.

  Resident Publications

Rachel Weigert, MD. Maternal pregnancy weight gain and cord blood iron status are associated with eosinophilia in infancy. Journal of Perinatology. April 2015.

Rachel Weigert, MD. Abdominal Pain Chapter. On Call Pediatrics. March 2017.

Anna Schmitz, MD. Textbook Chapters on Hematuria and Rashes. On-Call Pediatrics. May 2017.

Alina Burek, MD. Vomiting Chapter. OnCall Pediatrics. January 2017.

Vanessa McFadden, MD. Outcomes of Children and Adolescents with AML treated with Zinecard. Published February 2017.

Vanessa McFadden, MD. Hepatitis B transcription and FoxA. PLOS pathogens. March 2017.

Erin E. Birmingham, MD; Abhineet M. Sharma, MD; Salil Ginde, MD; and Randy R. Richardson, MD. Surgical-Relevant Coronary Artery Anomalies Diagnosed by Cardiac Computed Computed Tomographic Angiography in Infants and Children with Right Ventricular Outflow Tract Obstruction. Congenital Cardiology Today. September 2016.

Monti Sharma. Preserved Gut Microbial Diversity Accompanies Upregulation of TGR5 and Hepatobiliary Transporters in Bile Acid-Treated Animals Receiving Parenteral Nutrition. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. August 2016.

Kelly Bailey, MD. Seatbelt Sign. Atlas of Clinical Emergency Medicine. October 2015.

Saini Y, Proper SP, Dornbos P, Greenwood KK, Kopec AK, Lynn SG, et al. (2015) Loss ofHif-2aRescues theHif-1aDeletion Phenotype of Neonatal Respiratory Distress In Mice. PLoS ONE 10(9):e0139270. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0139270.

Kraninger K, Jelenchick l, Eickhoff J, Kraninger K, Zhang C, Christakis D, Moreno M. Screening for Adolescent Problematic and Risky Internet Use Screening Scale (PRUISS). Academic Pediatrics. Nov 2015; 15(6); 658-665.

Lake JA, Ehyhardt MJ, Suchi M, Chun RH, Willoughby RE. A case of necrotizing epiglottitis due to nontoxigenic Corynebacterium diphtheriae. Pediatrics. peds.2014-3157; published ahead of print June 8, 2015, doi:10.1542/peds.2014-3157

Schloemer NJ, Lincoln AH, Mikhailov TA, Collins CL, Di Rocco JR, Kehl SC, Chusid MJ. Fatal disseminated Pythium insidiosum infection in a child with Diamond-Blackfan Anemia. Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice. [Epub ahead of print]. 2013.

Nadeem RA, Loomba RS, Aggarwal S. Serum inflammatory markers in obstructive sleep apnea. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. 2013. (Accepted and awaiting publication).

Loomba RS, Shah PH, Aggarwal S, Arora RR. N-Acetylcysteine to prevent contrast induced nephropathy. American Journal of Therapeutics. 2013. (Accepted and awaiting publication).

Patel CB, Schauberger EM, Nguyen FT. Toward a better understanding of the retention of physician-scientists in the career pipeline. Academic Medicine. 2012 April; 87(4): 390-1.

Soto-Ramirez N, Arshad SH, Holloway JW, Zhang H, Schauberger E, Ewart S, Patil V, Karmaus W. The interaction of genetic variants and DNA methylation of the interleukin-4 receptor gene increase the risk of asthma at age 18 years. Clinical Epigenetics. 2013; 5(1): 1.

Ziyab AH, Davies GA, Ewart SL, Hopkin JM, Schauberger EM, Willis-Karp M, Holloway JW, Arshad SH, Karmaus W. Interactive effect of STAT6 and IL13 gene polymorphisms on eczema status: Results from a longitudinal and a cross-sectional study. BMC Medical Genetics. Accepted for publication December 2012.

Ziyab AH, Karmaus W, Yousefi M, Ewart S, Schauberger E, Holloway JW, Zhang H, Arshad SH. Interplay of filaggrin loss-of-function variants, allergic sensitization, and eczema in a longitudinal study covering infancy to 18 years of age. PLoS One. 2012; 7(3): e32721. Epub 2012 March 5. PMID: 22403702.

Pediatric Physician Scientist Development Program

Pediatrics Physician Scientist Development ProgramThis program utilizes the special training pathways approved by the American Board of Pediatrics to allow individual residents to pursue academic subspecialty careers in a non-traditional sequence. For eligible and interested residents, the Accelerated Research Pathway allows residents to complete general pediatric training in two years, and then enter subspecialty fellowship training, which will last four years. This pathway gives the resident and fellow the opportunity for an additional year of subspecialty research training. For MD/PhD residents, the Integrated Research Pathway allows residents to alter their schedules to permit concentrated blocks of research time to be integrated into their resident clinical experiences.

We support and encourage the participation of our residents with a strong interest in academic subspecialty careers in these programs. These programs combine the assets of our residency and fellowship programs with the strengths and resources of the CRI to cultivate the careers of subspecialty-trained pediatric physician-scientists who will assume academic leadership positions throughout the country.

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