Scholarly Activity

All fellows are required to engage in a hypothesis driven research project in the areas of clinical, basic science or translational research.  Fellows work closely with a research mentor and actively participate in all aspects of the project including development of the research question, development of the hypothesis and methodology, data collection, statistical analysis, and presentations at research meetings.  Our fellows are required to provide quarterly updates on their projects including the progress of their patient recruitment, data collection, and data analysis.  Fellows are also involved directly in the presentation of their projects at monthly research conferences to our Divisional Research Director, their Research Mentor, Associate Program Director, and to the Program Director to assure timely completion of their project.

Pediatric Research Day
Laura presenting her research


Scholarship Oversight Committee 

The overall responsibilities of the Scholarship Oversight Committee are to provide guidance, support, ongoing evaluations, and recommendations for each fellow’s research project.  Each committee is created to meet the specific needs of each fellow based upon their Scholarly Activity. 

Each fellow has a minimum of 3 SOC members: one Pediatric SOC member, one faculty outside of the division and one neonatal faculty member.  The committee meets twice a year to review the progress of each fellow project and to actively provide feedback. 

Shanthy Sridhar

By the end of fellowship, each fellow submits a work product to meet the graduation requirements for the American Board of Pediatrics.  Our program also encourages each fellow to complete their manuscript in preparation for publication in an academic journal.

Quality Improvement

All fellows participate in Quality Improvement (QI) projects throughout their fellowship. Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) modules are available for fellows to complete to promote education on how to improve healthcare appropriately. Fellows learn QI methodology, participate in PDSA cycles, provide updates at monthly conferences, collect and analyze data along with their QI mentors and present their projects at conferences. Some of our QI initiatives include work on Antibiotic Stewardship, Chronic Lung Disease Prevention, and Intraventricular Hemorrhage Prevention.

Fellow Scholarly Projects:

Project: Assessing the Feasibility of Less Invasive Surfactant Administration in an Academic Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit 
Fellow: Dionne Donald, MD
Mentor: Surabhi Aggarwal, MD

Project: Impact of Non-Invasive Mechanical Ventilation and Renal function in Premature Neonates During First Week of Life 
Fellow: Uzoamaka Ezeanya, MD
Mentor: Shanthy Sridhar, MD

Project: The Utility of Early Bilirubin in Predicting Functional Neurologic Outcome in Neonates with Moderate to Severe HIE
Fellow: Lale Akaydin, MD
Mentor: Echezona Maduekwe, MD and Jennifer Pynn, MD

Project: The Effects of Maternal Magnesium Sulfate Administration on the Time of First Stool Passage and Initiation of Internal Feeds in Late & Preterm Newborns 
Fellow: Sarah Mardanlou, MD
Mentor: Echezona Maduekwe, MD