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In addition to teaching and clinical activities, faculty, fellows and residents are involved in basic clinical research . Examples of some of the many projects in the department include: pediatric HIV disease, nephrotic syndrome, developmental follow-up of premature infants, control of neonatal respiration, necrotizing enterocolitis, transdermal drug administration, autism, Tourette’s syndrome, childhood rheumatological diseases, learning and motivation in the infant, sexual abuse in children, new treatments of childhood cancer, respiratory mechanics in children with lung disease, molecular genetics, emergency room utilization, and screening for language delay. This academic atmosphere is crucial in keeping residents aware of and involved in the constantly evolving knowledge base of pediatrics.

All residents complete a scholarly activity prior to graduation. Many choose to take advantage of the different research opportunities provided. The pediatric clinical research center at the Child Health Institute is available to residents. Projects involving quality improvement and community advocacy have also been completed to fulfill this requirement. Examples of resident scholarly activities include:

  • Parental knowledge of anticipatory guidance to prevent obesity
  • Use of a simulator to improve resident LP technique
  • Effectiveness of a standard empiric antibiotic regimen for fever and neutropenia
  • Utilization of a DKA protocol in pediatric emergency rooms