To foster scholarship within the UNC Pediatrics Residency Program, each resident will be required to complete a Scholarly Project during their residency. The purpose of this requirement is to equip residents with the skills necessary to research a specific topic, to organize the latest data on this subject and to present this information to ones colleagues. Faculty members welcome you to consider participating in research under their mentorship during your residency training.

Since 1985, the intellectual highlight of the Department of Pediatrics has been the annual Day of Scholarship. This idea was conceived by Dr. Boat, a former Chair of the Department, as a venue in which pediatric residents and fellows could present the results of their work to peers and faculty members. The goal of the evening is to encourage each of our learners to engage in some sort of scholarly activity beyond their usual ward and clinic assignments. Such activities might range from a case report and review of the literature about some disease to a sophisticated laboratory or epidemiologic study.

In addition to our Day of Scholarship, our residents present at local, regional and national conferences. This academic year alone, our residents have presented at:

2017 Pediatric Hospital Medicine Conference

11 22 33 66
  • Laura Cannon, MD: “Gang”ing up on the skin: An 11-month-old with ulcerative skin lesions
  • Adriana Cline, MD: “Heartbroken” Pre-Teen Gets Weak in the Knees
  • Sara Duffus, MD: Be Wary of the Blueberry: an Infant with Rash and Hepatosplenomegaly
  • Sara Duffus, MD: When Bones Cause Diagnostic Groans: An Infant with Bony Abnormalities
  • Joanna Hales, MD: TARHEELS: The Attending-Resident Handoff Evidence-basEd piLot Study
  • Joanna Hales, MD and Mary Terrell, MD: Altered Mental Status in a Health Child: The Cat’s Out of the Bag!
  • Ketan Nadkarni, MD: Measuring the Accuracy of Thermometry Modalities in Health Neonates
  • Sara Sanders, MD and Alyssa Tilly, MD: Recollections of the Past: Recurrent Anti-NMDAr Encephalitis
  • Ali Rittenberg, MD: STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH MU-CIN: A 5-YEAR-OLD MALE WITH OPTHALMOPLEGIA AND FEVER
  • Lola Owolabi, MD: A Mind Numbing Sensation
  • Lauren Bradford, MD and Paige Darnell, MD: Reducing the Power of Empiric Acyclovir in Low Risk Neonates Admitted for Sepsis Evaluation
  • Alex Florence, MD: Pain to the Bone: Refractory Thigh Pain in an Active Young Man
44 55 77 88

2017 North Carolina Pediatrics Society Annual Meeting

Paige Darnell, MD Christian Lawrence, MD and Jeffrey Okonye, MD Marley Lawrence, MD Ali Rittenberg, MD
  • Endya Frye, MD: HYPOTONIA IN THE INFANT: WHEN THE SOURCE IS UNKNOWN
  • Paige Darnell, MD: WHEN A SIX-MONTH-OLD ISN’T SWEET
  • Krishna Aluri, MD; Lauren Frazer, MD; Alana Painter, MD; Nikkan Das, MD; Ashley Hilzendager, MD; and Laura Parente, MD: SECONDARY HLH AS AN INITIAL MANIFESTATION OF SLE IN A MALE CHILD
  • Marley Lawrence, MD: 3q29 CHROMOSOMAL DUPLICATION IN A NEONATE WITH ASSOCIATED MYELOMENINGOCELE AND MIDLINE CRANIAL DEFECTS
  • Ali Rittenberg, MD: STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH MU-CIN: A 5-YEAR-OLD MALE WITH OPTHALMOPLEGIA AND FEVER
  • Lauren Frazer, MD and Alex Florence, MD: WHY THE LONG FACE? A CASE OF NEONATAL HYPOTONIA
  • Alex Florence, MD: THE “GOLD” STANDARD? A 4-YEAR-OLD BOY WITH SOMNOLENCE AND FOCAL WEAKNESS
  • Akilah Grimes, MD: A SIMPLE DVT? A CONGENITAL CAUSE FOR A HYPERCOAGUABLE STATE
  • Laura Cannon, MD: “GANG”ING UP ON THE SKIN: AN 11-MONTH-OLD WITH ULCERATIVE SKIN LESIONS
  • Bianca Verma, MD: TRAPPED: INTRACTABLE RIGHT ABDOMINAL PAIN IN AN ADOLESCENT SOFTBALL PLAYER
  • Adriana Cline, MD and Roman Melvin, MD: RESPIRATORY DISTRESS IN A NEWBORN CONFOUNDED BY MATERNAL MAGNESIUM: A CASE OF POSTNATALLY DIAGNOSED CONGENITAL DIAPHRAGMATIC EVENTRATION (CDE)
  • Adriana Cline, MD: AND THIS LITTLE PIGGY…PROGRESSED TO STREPTOCOCCAL TOXIC SHOCK SYNDROME
  • Sara Duffus, MD: MENTAL HEALTH AND BEHAVIORAL SCREENING IN CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS WITH TYPE 1 DIABETES
  • Sara Duffus, MD: WHEN BONES CAUSE DIAGNOSTIC GROANS: AN INFANT WITH BONY ABNORMALITIES
  • Sara Duffus, MD: BE WARY OF THE BLUEBERRY: A NEWBORN INFANT WITH RASH AND HEPATOSPLENOMEGALY
  • Alex Florence, MD: NOT JUST A CONCUSSION: A CASE OF A COLLEGIATE FOOTBALL PLAYER
  • Steven Hochman, MD and Ketan Nadkarni, MD: A MIND NUMBING SENSATION
  • Laura Cannon, MD; Ketan Nadkarni, MD; and Alyssa Tilly, MD: SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER: TYPHOID IN A 4-YEAR-OLD FEMALE
  • Joanna Hales, MD and Mary Terrell, MD: ALTERED MENTAL STATUS IN A HEALTHY CHILD: THE CAT’S OUT OF THE BAG!
  • Jess Guidici, MD and Brandon Hammond, MD: THINKING OUTSIDE THE THORAX: A CASE OF EMPYEMA NECESSITANS
  • Christian Lawrence, MD: THE GREAT MIMICKER KNOWN AS CAVERNOUS SINUS THROMBOSIS
  • Christian Lawrence, MD and Jeffrey Okonye, MD: IMPLEMENTATION OF FOOD INSECURITY SCREENING IN THE PRIMARY CARE CLINIC
  • Steven Hochman, MD and Hannah Hochman-Segal, MD: AXILLARY LYMPHADENOPATHY IN A WELL-APPEARING NEONATE
  • Ellen Maher, MD: DIAGNOSTIC AGEISM: WHEN NOT TO MISS TOXIC MEGACOLON
  • Jess Guidici, MD: WHEN LISTENING TO YOUR HEART IS NOT ENOUGH: A SURPRISE DIAGNOSIS OF EISENMENGER SYNDROME
5 1 3 4

2017 Pediatric Endocrine Society Meeting

  • Sara Duffus, MD: Clinical Outcomes With Early Initiation of Treatment in a Patient with Incidentally Diagnosed Infantile Hypophosphatasia
  • Sara Duffus, MD: Mental Health and Behavioral Screening in Pediatric Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus