Research and QI

research1UAB and Children's of Alabama are leading research institutions in the country, raking in the top 20 in NIH funding. There are various opportunities for research available - from bench to simulation to advocacy. We have a research conference every July to present faculty opportunities to residents. If residents present at a national meeting, the department will reimburse for the conference and conference fees. We also have $1000 Founder's Fund grants available every May for new innovative educational endeavors in curriculum or outcome research that focus on Residency Education and Advocacy. Below is a sampling of research and publications from residents over the last 3 years:

2012-current
  • Tori Anderson: “Are all Purpuric Rashes Worrisome?” Case Presentation: Southern Society for Pediatric Research, New Orleans, February 2013
  • Hugh Cheek:The Use of Intranasal Lidocaine prior to Intranasal Versed- Is It Necessary?
  • Clay Cohen: Time to Antibiotic Treatment of Febrile Neutropenic Patients in the ER and Hematology-Oncology Clinic. Southern Society for Pediatric Research, New Orleans, February 2013.
  • Kristin Dietiker and Nicki Sims: Impact of Computer Physician Orders on Diagnosis and Management of Bronchiolitis.
  • Kristin Dietiker and Katy Hines: "Case Report: Occult Poly-Ingestion."
  • Kristin Dietiker and Nicki Sims: Importance of Hypocalcemia in Management of Hyperkalemia in patients with Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Meghan Dishong: “Refractory Status Epilepticus in a Previously Healthy Child” Poster Presentation: Southern Society for Pediatric Research, New Orleans, February 2013
  • Elizabeth Irons:   Teen Driving Behaviors in a Rural Southern State. Southern Society for Pediatric Research, New Orleans, February 2013.
  • Wesley Jackson: The Use of Sedation Medications in Non-Emergent Intubations in Neonates
  • Adam Johnson: “Acute Eosinophilic Pneumonia” Poster Presentation: Southern Society for Pediatric Research, New Orleans, February 2013
  • Adam Scott: Acute Kidney in Cystic Fibrosis - Pediatric Nephrology; Injury Preventive Research in Pediatric Emergency Medicine.
  • Sam Strachan: The Development of Interactive Simulation Video Cases for Medical Students in the Large Group Setting
  • Rachael Tindell: Using Neurally Adjusted Ventilatory Assist (NAVA) to Help Wean Sedative Medications in Chronically Ventilated Infants

2011-2012

  • Christine Campbell: Prevention of child injuries during tornadoes: A case series from the 2011 tornado outbreak in Alabama. Pediatric Emergency Care [accepted].
  • Bill Covington: “Why Be Early, When You Can Be Late?” Case Presentation: Southern Society for Pediatric Research, New Orleans, February 2012.
  • Jacque Covington: “Don’t skip a beat.” Case Presentation: Southern Society for Pediatric Research, New Orleans, February 2012.
  • Chris Dodd: A comparison of traditional vs Canadian tailored prophylaxis dosing of prophylactic factor infusion in children with Hemophilia A and B in a single hemophilia treatment. American Society of Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology, Baltimore, MD, April 2011.
  • Chris Dodd: A comparison of traditional vs Canadian tailored prophylaxis dosing of prophylactic factor infusion in children with Hemophilia A and B in a single hemophilia treatment. Hemophilia 2012:18(4):561-567.
  • John Kelleher: Concurrent Administration of Enteral Nutrition and Prophylactic Indomethacin Is Not Associated with Spontaneous Intestinal Perforation in Extremely Low Birth Weight Infants. Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, Boston, April 2012.
  • John Kelleher: A Randomized Controlled Equivalency Trial of Oronasopharyngeal Suctioning Versus Wiping the Mouth and Nose at Birth. Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting, Boston, April 2012.
  • Diego Lara, Mary Olive: The systemic effects of intracoronary nitroglycerin in pediatric heart transplant patients.
  • Shawna Reshard: A Novel Teen Community Health Advisor Program to Reduce Sexual Risk Behaviors. Society of Adolescent Medicine Annual meeting, New Orleans, March 2012.
  • Katherine Rochelle, Catherine Hough-Telford: Educational impacts of changing resident work hours. Southern Society for Pediatric Research. New Orleans, February 2012.
  • Kelli Stringer: Cough and cold medicine ingestions: Has there been a culture change? Southern Society for Pediatric Research, New Orleans, February 2012.
  • Erika Vogel: Liver histology, liver iron concentration, and serum ferritin in a large cohort of chronically transfused children with sickle cell anemia: Limitations of LIC alone as a marker for hepatic injury and ferritin as an indicator for chelation initiation. American Society of Hematology, San Diego, CA, December 2011.
  • Martha Woodrum: “Not all that is yellow is mellow: Fulminant myocarditis presenting as abdominal pain and jaundice.” Case Presentation: Southern Society for Pediatric Research, New Orleans, February 2012.

Quality Improvement Projects and Research endeavors over the last 12 months include:
  • Tori Anderson: Improving hospital discharge summaries
  • Holley Beam: Improving resident knowledge and discussion of dental health with PCC patients
  • Nick CaJacob: Intern IT orientation
  • Meghan Dishong: improving paging/voalte usage
  • Christina Fettig: improving the management of obesity in PCC
  • Matt Halliday: RNICU handbook Update
  • Miles Harmon: vascular access and severe hypoglycemia in VLBW infants within the 1st hr of delivery
  • Catherine Hough-Telfod: improving the paging/voalte system
  • Elizabeth Irons: Developmental screening in the PCC
  • Adam Johnson: Childrens of Alabama Tobacco Cessation Welcome card and the Tobacco Task Force
  • John Kelleher: how to reduce the number of phlebotomy procedures in the NICU
  • Brandon Kirkland: improvement in paging communication
  • Matt Kreth: Advanced Medical Spanish for Residents
  • Mary Allyson Lowry: Constipation management and treatment
  • Ginger Menendez: Physician/nurse communication
  • Cassandra Nosser: Cost Effective practice
  • Kathleen Richard, Katy Hines, Ashley Brown: Inpatient Exercise Program
  • Brett Turner: Hyperbilirubinemia and Phototherapy