Scholarly Activity

At Stony Brook Children's, we as pediatricians are committed to advancing our field through the pursuit of scholarship.  We are extremely proud of the research accomplishments of our residents during their training and beyond.  Our graduates are poised to enter their careers as fantastic clinicians, scholars, and advocates for children's health!


Introduction to Scholarly Activity at Stony Brook Children's

Residents are required to complete a scholarly project during their training.  Scholarly projects run the gamut from basic science to translational and clinical projects, from retrospective to prospective studies, and from chart reviews and survey analyses to observational cohort studies. The most important aspect of a project is that it engages the resident's curiosity, interests, and critical thinking skills!


Scholarly Activity Timeline

PGY-1 residents are introduced to the wide breadth of research opportunities at Stony Brook Children's at the annual October Research Fair.  Faculty members from various divisions throughout the department submit projects based on their own research interests for which they would like a resident mentee.  Residents have the opportunity to speak with potential mentors and learn more about how their interests align.  From there, residents choose a mentor and work closely with him or her to refine their project and make their ideas a reality, from IRB submission to publication.  Our residents consistently rave about their mentors and the special bond they form through the research process.


In addition to a resident's project mentor, he or she is also given a Resident Scholarly Oversight Committee (RSOC) Liaison.  This faculty mentor works with the resident to assess yearly progress, provide effective feedback, and oversee and assist in the presentation of scholarly projects.  The RSOC is comprised of faculty volunteers from diverse disciplines in the Department with a penchant for research and mentoring. 


Research lectures are an integral part of the residents' Wednesday didactics curriculum.  Our PGY-1 residents receive instruction in the process of completing CITI Training requirements, search strategies for a successful literature review, and an introduction to the IRB process to name a few.  Our senior residents refine their research skills through faculty lectures on meetings and presentation opportunities, academic writing, and biostatistics. 


As PGY-2s, residents complete a four-week Research Rotation.  While residents work on their projects longitudinally, this four-week period allows the resident to focus solely on his or her project and enhance his or her ability to formulate and undertake research endeavors.  Residents focus their time on whichever phase of the research process is the project's current state, whether designing and analyzing questionnaires, performing statistical analyses, or preparing an abstract or article.  Our Research Rotation Director, Dr. Bianchi, works closely with residents as they create a calendar for their four weeks of effort and an overall timeline for completion of their project. 


Each academic year culminates in a spring Resident Research Day where trainees present platforms and posters.

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Presentations and Beyond

Stony Brook Children's residents are encouraged to think beyond the research requirements and share their work with the broader pediatric community.  This past academic year alone, our residents were accepted to give platform and poster presentations at prestigious international, national, regional, and local meetings in virtual and in-person formats, such as:

-Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS)
-ID week 
-NASPGHAN-- North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition conference
-Annual Harvey Aiges Memorial Pediatric Residents' Night Presentation
-Joint Eastern Society for Pediatric Research (ESPR)/American Federation for Medical Research (AFMR) 1st Annual Eastern Medical Research -Conference
-APA Regional (regions 2/3) Conference
-Stony Brook Women in Medicine Conference 




Speaking of outside the box, our residents in recent years have published a case report in Pediatrics, attended the Harvard Macy Institute's Program for Post-Graduate Trainees: Future Academic Clinician-Educators, been awarded an American Academy of Pediatrics Resident Research Grant, and joined Pediatrics manuscript phone calls.  Several residents each year also attend the AAP National Educational Conference. 


AAP      Harvard Macy



We look forward to welcoming you into our community of scholars at Stony Brook Children's!


Scholarly Activity Photos