Residency

Resident Scholarly Work and Research Opportunities

  • Ample elective time in the curriculum allows residents to select month-long blocks during which they can develop and implement research projects.
  • Residents have access to a database of faculty interested in mentoring residents in a wide range of scholarly activities to help identify projects and mentors based on the resident’s individual interests and goals.
  • There is a “Research in Your Career” conference as part of our noon conference lecture series when faculty from a wide range of backgrounds and fields talk about their path to scholarly work and help support residents interested in all forms of scholarship.
  • 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 is a yearly conference for residents to present any and all research which they have performed.
  • Annual Resident Quality Improvement Day is a yearly conference for residents to present their quality improvement projects 

Resident Research/QI Highlights

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2020 Resident QI Day Presentations

Decreasing Length of Stay in Infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome in the Newborn Nursery - Emily Callan, Rohini Chakravarthy, Catherine Groden, Madeline O’Keefe, Puja Singh

Coaching the Pass: A Resident QI Initiative for Improving Patient Handoffs - Emma Austenfeld, Melissa Chiu, Tom DuBois, Emily Hause, Yitong Liu

Shock and Awe: Improving House Staff Recognition and Management of Sepsis - Lauren Titus, Merritt Tuttle, Errin Mitchell, Jaimee Hall

Improving Influenza Vaccination Rate at Midtown Clinic - Gabriel De Vela, Andrea Jimenez, Veronica Korthals, Abby Engen-Schimek, John Schimek

Reducing Hypokalemia in Adult Congenital Heart Disease Patients within a Pediatric Hospital - Michael Kim, Leann Madion, Timothy Rogers

 
2020 Resident Research Day Presentations

Melissa Chiu
Cultural Sensitivity Education when Working with the Refugee Population in Milwaukee

Catherin Groden
Code Blue Events in the NICU as compared to the PICU 

Jaimee Hall
Blastomycosis in Children: A Retrospective Analysis of Epidemiologic Factors and Clinical Features of Disease

Emily Hause
Faster, Higher, Stronger… Weller?: An Innovative Olympics to Improve Resident Wellness 

Michael Kim
“How Did I Do Coach?” – Impact of Parent Rounds Coach on Learner Performance

Liu Yitong
Tolvaptan Induces Renal Expression of Pro-fibrotic miR-382-5p in ADPKD

Errin Mitchell
Capnocytophaga Sputigenia Epiglottis: A Case Report in a 16-month-old with Neutropenia 

Timothy Rogers
Gestational Diabetes Mellitus Results in Remodeling of Cerebral Vasculature in the Developing Brain of Offspring

John Schimek
Suicide Prevention Through Firearm Safety

Puja Singh
Improving Rates of Monitoring for Type 2 Diabetes Complications

Lauren Titus
Intent, Substance, and Care: Characteristics of Adolescent Ingestions Hospitalizations 

Krista Tuomela
The Rounds Efficiency Index: A novel physics-based construct for patient- and family-centered rounds

 
2019 Resident QI Day Presentations

Improving VTE Prophylaxis Compliance in Post-operative Cardiac Patients - Sarah Blonsky, Claire Christian 

Improving Inpatient Vaccination Rates Through EMR Interventions - Aaron Hanson, Brandon Palmer, Amanda Scheuermann 

Improving Communication Breakdown Between Delivery Room and Newborn Nursery - Katherine Carlton, Samuel Dillman, Brittney Krueger, Nicole Liberio 

Improving Junior Medical Student Education by MCW Pediatric Residents - Grace Muganda, Adam Langenfeld 

Improving Resident Wellness - Priya Agrawal, Karen Chao, Jessica DeValk, Sonia Mehta 

Improving Smoking Cessation Interventions in the Hospitalized Asthma Population - Andrea Sattler, Allison Blonski 

Baseline Assessment: Improving the Emergency Department Admission Process Presenters - Elizabeth Ciaravino, Kerri Houser, Sarah Zuk, Mentor: Amy Drendel 

 
2019 Resident Research Day Presentations

Emily Callan
5’ AMP-Activated Protein Kinase (AMPK) Regulates Angiogenesis Function of PAECs through Modulation of PGC-1α Expression

Katherine Carlton, MD
Using QI Methodology to Decrease Utilization Drift of Therapeutic Hypothermia

C. Groden
Comparison of Code Events between Emergency Department (ED) and Intensive Care Units (ICUs) at a Tertiary Care Children’s Hospital

Michael Kim 
EEG Monitoring as a Biomarker for Anti-Epileptic Drug Use in Patients with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy
Parent Coaches: A Novel Approach to Trainee Feedback

Adam D. Langenfeld
Reading as a tool to decrease parental distress following hospitalization in the neonatal intensive care unit

Nicole Liberio
Impact of corticosteroid use on the development of obesity and metabolic syndrome in survivors of pediatric hematopoietic cell transplant

2018 Resident QI Day Presentations
Increasing Use of EHR-Based Asthma Tools in Children's Medical Group Clinics– Mark Meuer, Steve Proper, Priya Dokken, Nicole Fortuna

Improving Recommended Pediatric Screening Lab Compliance in an Urban Pediatric Practice–Kaitlin McKenna, Lauren Castaneda, Tamar Atzenhoefer, Joey Resch, Madhuri Dave

Improving Compliance with CDC Guidelines for Secondary Prevention of Early Onset GBS in Newborns—Abby Smolcich, Erin Rholl

NICU Hand-off Improvement Project—Monti Sharma, Katie Gradecki, Gina Dalla Riva, Cassy ZumMallen

Improving Pediatric Resident Leadership Skills as Code Team Leaders—Kelly Bailey, Clare O’Hare, Emily Backes, Davietta Butty

Using the Low Risk Ankle Rule to Decrease Imaging Rates After Ankle Injury in the Outpatient Setting– Lauren Brockman
2018 Resident Research Day Presentations
Ashley Brunmeier
Self-Reported Neurocognitive Deficits in the Adult with Congenital Heart Disease Using a Simple Screening Tool

Lindsay Hoogenboom
A Quality Improvement Project to Address Oncofertility in Children and Adolescents with Cancer: Development of an Oncofertility Roadmap

Kerri Houser
A standardized algorithm and educational approach to nutrition support in patients undergoing treatment for cancer: A QI project.

Besma Jaber
Venovenous versus Venoarterial Extracorporeal Membranous Oxygenation in Inotrope Dependent Pediatric Patients

Proper, Steven
Loss of Hypoxia-Inducible Factor (HIF)-1α in Pulmonary Endothelium of Mice Using Tie2-CRE and Effects on Mitochondrial Regulation in Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn. IN

Katherine Carlton
Utilization Drift of Therapeutic Hypothermia for Neonatal Encephalopathy

Michael Kim, Clare O’Hare
Gestational Diabetes Results in Cerebral Vascular Remodeling in Adolescent Rats

Liberio, Nicole
Investigating the Role of Cellular Content and GVHD in Donor Lymphocyte Infusions to Treat Pediatric Hematologic Malignancies: A Single-Center Long-Term Study

Joseph Resch, Abby Smolcich
Pediatric Resident Self-Confidence, Not Past Experience, is Correlated with Their Ability to Perform Bag-Mask Ventilation and Endotracheal Intubation

Abby Smolcich, Joseph Resch
The Use of Direct Observation and an Individualized Simulation Workshop is Associated with Improved Pediatric Resident Confidence in Bag Mask Ventilation and Intubation Skills
Resident Presentations at Regional, National, and International Meetings

John Gutzeit 
An Unexpected Case of Chronic Cough, Best Practices in Pediatrics Conference, 2020

Jamie Collins
Hypoglycemic Seizure in a Healthy Teen, Society of Hospital Medicine Conference 2020

Catherine Groden
Code Blue Events in the NICU compared to the PICU, PAS 2020

Gabe Devala, Jaime Hall
The Effect of a Mock Medical Visit on Refugee Health Self-Efficacy and Medical Trainee Communication Apprehension, APPD 2020

Laura Goeser
An Infant With Multiple Hemangiomas: Case Report and Clinical Guidelines, Best Practices in Pediatrics Conference, 2020 

Merritt Tuttle, Lauren Titus, Jaime Hall
Shock and Awe: Improving House Staff Recognition and Resuscitation of Sepsis and Shock, Guidelines, Best Practices in Pediatrics Conference, 2020

Albert Liu
Case Report: HCT as Treatment for CVID in a patient with inflammatory neurological lesions and seizure disorder, Pediatric Immunodeficiency Treatment Consortium Meeting, 2020

Billy McElroy
Intracranial Mycotic Aneurysm Complicating Streptococcus pneumoniae Infection, Best Practices in Pediatrics Conference, 2020

Emily Hause
Faster, Higher, Stronger... Weller?: An Innovative Olympics to Improve Resident Wellness, PAS 2020

Kelsey Kenaan
Management Approaches and Outcomes for Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) closure, PAS 2020

Matthew Molenaar 
Early Feeding in PICU bronchiolitis patients is associated with favorable clinical outcomes, SCCM 2020
Neuro-functional morbidity in pediatric patients admitted for bronchiolitis, SCCM 2020

Robert Trevino 
Men of Color in Medicine (Workshop), Pathways to Physician Diversity: A National Summit 2020

Annica Alwine
Assigning Fetal Level of Concern, WAPC Annual Conference, 2020

Michael Kim
Parent Coaching: A Novel Approach to Trainee Feedback, APPD 2020, PAS 2020, PHM 2019 

Catherine Groden
Comparison of Code Events between Intensive Care Units and the Emergency Department in a Tertiary Care Children's Hospital, PAS, 4/2019

Violeta Tregoning
ACUTE CHEST SYNDROME AND AN INFILTRATE THAT WOULD NOT ABATE, AAP Conference 2019

Jaime Hall
Giving SIRS a Boost: An Unusual Case Deduced, Pediatric Hospital Medicine Conference, 2019 Jaime Hall

Emily Callan
5' AMP-Activated Protein Kinase (AMPK) Regulates Angiogenesis Function Of PAECs Through Modulation Of PGC-1α Expression, Faster, Higher, Stronger... Weller?: An Innovative Olympics to Improve Resident Wellness PAS 2019 

Madhuri Dave, Lauren Castaneda 
Improving Screening Lab Compliance in an Urban Pediatric Practice, APPD 2019

Michael Kim
Overcoming Institutional Barriers while Implementing ACHD dosing protocols, AAP Conference, 2019
Reducing Hypokalemia in ACHD patients in Children's Hospital, AAP Conference, 2019
EEG Monitoring as a Biomarker for Anti-Epileptic Drug Use in Patients with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy. 2019 PAS

Katie Carlton
Using QI Methodology to Decrease Utilization Drift of Therapeutic Hypothermia, PAS 2019

Priya Agrawal 
PVCs in Parechovirus: when the tachycardia doesn't tally up, SHM 2019
COMPETENCIES IN GLOBAL HEALTH RESIDENCY EDUCATION, APPD 2019

Adam Langenfeld
Reading as a tool to decrease parental distress following hospitalization in the neonatal intensive care unit, PAS 2019

Sonia Mehta
Snap This: Utilizing Social Media as a Tool for Reproductive Health Awareness in the Hospital Setting, PAS 2019 and Society of Hospital Medicine Conference 2019
Addressing Reproductive Health in Hospitalized Adolescents—A Missed Opportunity, Society of Hospital Medicine Conference 2019

Abby Smolcich, Joey Resch, Robert Treat, Amanda Rogers
The Use of Direct Observation and an Individualized Simulation Workshop is Associated with Improved Resident Confidence in Bad Mask Ventilation and Intubation Skills. Presented at the 2018 Annual Spring Meeting. Atlanta, GA

Abby Smolcich, Joey Resch, Robert Treat, Amanda Rogers
Pediatric Resident Self-Confidence, Not Past Experience, is Correlated with Their Ability to Perform Bag-Mag Ventilation and Endotracheal Intubation. Presented at the 2018 Annual Spring Meeting. Atlanta, GA.

Anna Schmitz, Sonia Mehta, Jessica DeValk, Kaitlin McKenna, Cassandra Ferguson, Michael Weisgerber
Soothing the Burn: A Comprehensive Wellness Program for Pediatric Residents. Presented at the 2018 Annual Spring Meeting. Atlanta, GA.

Brandon Palmer, Sandra Gage, Sarah Bauer
A Gut Feeling: An Unusual Case of Altered Gait. Presented at the 2018 Annual Society of Hospital Medicine Clinical Vignette Poster Presentation. Orlando, FL.

Melissa Chiu, Nicole Fortuna, Alina Burek,
My Brain Hurts - A Bowhunter's Story. Presented at the 2018 Annual Society of Hospital Medicine Clinical Vignette Poster Presentation. Orlando, FL.

Cassandra ZumMallen, Erica Chou, Sandra Gage, Joseph Bartoletti, Carla Settimi, Steven Finkenbinder
Improving the use of bedside medication delivery service in asthma patients Presented at the Annual Spring 2018 PAS. Toronto, CA.

Anna Schmitz, Sonia Mehta, Kaitlin McKenna, Jessica DeValk, Catherine Ferguson, Michael Weisgerber
Soothing the Burn: A Comprehensive Wellness Program for Pediatric Residents. Presented at the Annual Spring 2018 PAS. Toronto, CA.

Katherine Carlton, Kelly Staricha, Erwin Cabacungan, Susan Cohen,
Utilization Drift of Therapeutic Hypothermia for Neonatal Encephalopathy. Presented at the Annual Spring 2018 PAS. Toronto, CA.

Michael Kim et al, ..., Susan Cohen
Gestational Diabetes Results in Cerebral Vascular Remodeling in Fetal Origins of Adult Disease 2. Presented at the Annual Spring 2018 PAS. Toronto, CA.

Michael Uhing, Scott Welak, Kathryn Berlin
Decreasing Serum Sodium Levels are a Predictor of Disease Severity in Necrotizing Enterocolitis. Presented at the Annual Spring 2018 PAS. Toronto, CA.

Vanessa McFadden, Anna Schmitz, Rachel Weigert, Sonia Mehta, Priya Dokken, Alyssa Stephany, and Michelle Pickett
Addressing Reproductive Health in Hospitalized Adolescents – A Missed Opportunity
Adolescent Medicine - Reproductive Health. Presented at the Annual Spring 2018 PAS. Toronto, CA.

Karen Chao
Monotherapy treatment with cytarabine for ALK-positive histiocytosis in an infant. Presented at the Annual 2018 ASPHO conference. Pittsburgh, PA.

Nicole Liberio
Long-Term Single Center DLI Outcomes Suggest a Role for Durable Response in High-Risk Pediatric Lymphoid Malignancies. Presented at the Annual 2018 ASPHO conference. Pittsburgh, PA.

Brandon Palmer
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 the 2018 USC Innovations in Medical Education Conference. Los Angeles, CA

Resident Research Awards

Emily Hause
MCWAH Research Award 2020 Faster, Higher, Stronger... Weller?: An Innovative Olympics to Improve Resident Wellness

Brittany Lehrer
Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society Travel Scholarship 2020 

Robert Trevino
New Century Scholar Award 2020
National Hispanic Medical Association Resident of the Year 2020

Emily Hause, Albert Liu, Lauren Titus, John Gutzeit, Michelle Hwang, Michael Wedoff 
MCW Teaching Pin Award 2020

Leann Arcori
MCWAH Research Awards 2020

Jaime Hall 
MCWAH Research Awards 2020

Emily A. Callan
MCWAH Research and Quality Award 2019 - 5’ AMP-Activated Protein Kinase (AMPK) Regulates Angiogenesis Function of PAECs through Modulation of PGC-1α Expression    
Society of Pediatric Research’s Outstanding Trainee Research Award  2019 - 5’ AMP-Activated Protein Kinase (AMPK) Regulates Angiogenesis Function of PAECs through Modulation of PGC-1α Expression    

Michael Kim
Ray E. Helfer Award for Innovation in Pediatric Education 2019 Parent Coaching: A Novel Approach to Trainee Feedback 
MCWAH Research and Quality Award 2019 - Parent Coaching: A Novel Approach to Trainee Feedback  

Michelle Hwang, Albert Liu, Jonathon Gutzeit 
MCW Outstanding Teacher of Medical Students Among Residents, 2019

Nicole Liberio
Best Clinical Research

Steven Proper
Best Basic Research

Joey Resch and Abby Smolcich
Best Medical Education Research

Michael Kim
Best Young Investigator

Kelly Bailey, Emily Backes, Clare O’Hare, Davietta Butty
Most Outstanding Quality Improvement Project

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

Resident Publications

 Henning RE, Hu KY, Rein LE, et al. Alvimopan is associated with decreased length of stay for both open and laparoscopic segmental colectomy. Surgery. 2019;166(4):483-488. doi:10.1016/j.surg.2019.04.035

Olsen GM, Hansen LM, Stefanko NS, et al. Evaluating the Safety of Oral Propranolol Therapy in Patients With PHACE Syndrome [published online ahead of print, 2019 Dec 11]. JAMA Dermatol. 2019;156(2):186-190. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2019.3839

Kron M, Roenius M, Alqortasi MAM, et al. Academic Medicine and Science Diplomacy: Medical Education in Iraq. Acad Med. 2019;94(12):1884-1890. doi:10.1097/ACM.0000000000002918

Rana U, Callan E, Entringer B, et al. AMP-Kinase Dysfunction Alters Notch Ligands to Impair Angiogenesis in Neonatal Pulmonary Hypertension. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2020;62(6):719-731. doi:10.1165/rcmb.2019-0275OC

Carroll BJ, Kim M, Hemyari A, et al. Impaired lung function following e-cigarette or vaping product use associated lung injury in the first cohort of hospitalized adolescents. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2020;55(7):1712-1718. doi:10.1002/ppul.24787

Stefanko NS, Davies OMT, Beato MJ, et al. Hamartomas and midline anomalies in association with infantile hemangiomas, PHACE, and LUMBAR syndromes. Pediatr Dermatol. 2020;37(1):78-85. doi:10.1111/pde.14006

Yale S, Stefanko N, McCarthy P, McFadden V, McCarthy J. Severe methemoglobinemia due to topical dapsone misuse in a teenage girl. Pediatr Dermatol. 2020;37(2):377-378. doi:10.1111/pde.14080

Amanda Scheuermann. Development of Secondary Osteosarcoma after TBI and Allogeneic Bone Marrow Transplant: A case series of 3 patients. Journal of Pediatric Hematology Oncology. May 2018.

Amanda Scheuermann. Early Recurrence of Ganglioglioma in a Survivor of Infantile Glioblastoma. Journal of Pediatric Hematology Oncology. May 2018.

Abhineet Sharma. Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging Findings for Dilated Cardiomyopathy Caused by Pathogenic. Annals of Pediatric Research. October 2017.

Kerri Houser. Epigenetic therapy in a patient with Down syndrome and refractory acute myeloid leukemia. Journal of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. March 2018.

Grace Muganda. Eosinophilic Meningoencephalitis in a Toddler with Baylisascaris procyonis (Raccoon Roundworm) Infection: Rapid Therapeutic Response. Wisconsin Medical Journal. March 2018.

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

Resident Grants

KERN Grant Cultural Humility Curriculum For Pediatric Residents, 2020 Michelle Hwang

AAP CATCH Grant 2020, Adolescent-Derived Interventions for Vaping Cessation, Violeta Tregoning, Robert Trevino  

Kern Institute Transformational Ideas Initiative Advancing Cultural Humility in Pediatric Medical Training 2020, Robert Trevino 

AAP Catch Grant Suicide Prevention through Firearm Safety 2020 John Shimek, Abby Engen Schimek 

AAP Catch Grant 2019 Gabe Devala, Sonia Mehta 

 

Pediatric Physician Scientist Development Program

This 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.