Department of Pediatrics

Resident Scholarship

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Dr. Meagan-Vacek

Dr. Meagan-Vacek, (Class-of-2021) presenting her scholarly work at CHofSA Research Symposium 2019.

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Dr. Nathalie Tiberio (Class-of-2020), presenting her scholarly work at the CHofSA Research Symposium 2019.


Resident Scholarship Curriculum


Residents are each expected to complete a scholarly project during their residency at BCM-CHofSA. The resident scholarship curriculum is a longitudinal curriculum that spans multiple years of training and includes a minimum of four weeks protected time to conduct scholarly projects. Core content includes education in appraisal of literature, qualities of effective scholarship, survey design, effective presentation skills, quality improvement methodology, human subjects protections, and scholarly writing.

Individualized resident scholarship may take the form of research studies, quality improvement/patient safety initiatives, advocacy projects, and educational interventions. Each resident selects a domain of scholarship, project idea, and mentor based on individual goals and interests. Our faculty provide guidance in topic selection and encourage projects to be completed and disseminated in the form of local, regional, and national abstract presentations, as well as in the form of published products.

Our residents and chief residents have published many of their studies and case reports in the peer-reviewed literature. Publications to date, with resident and chief resident authors bolded, include:


Clinical Research


Ahmad KA, Banales J, Henderson CL, Ramos SE, Brandt KM, Powers GC. Intravenous epoprostenol improves oxygenation index in patients with persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn refractory to nitric oxide. J Perinatol. 2018;38(9):1212-1219.

Gorelik M, Elizalde A, Wong Williams K, Gonzalez E, Cole JL. Immunogenicity of sequential 13-valent conjugated and 23-valent unconjugated pneumococcal vaccines in a population of children with lupus. Lupus. 2018;27(14):2228-2235.

Sabroske EM, Payne DH, Stine CN, Kathen CM, Sollohub HM, Kohlleppel KL, Lorbieski PL, Carney JE, Motta CL, Pierce MR, Ahmad KA. Effect on metabolic bone disease markers in the neonatal intensive care unit with implementation of a practice guideline. J Perinatol. 2020 Aug;40(8):1267-1272.

Stewart J, McCallin T, Martinez J, Chacko S, Yusuf S. Hyperlipidemia. Pediatr Rev. 2020;41(8):393-402.

Stone KC, Cuellar CR, Miller-Loncar CL, LaGasse LL, Lester BM. Poor actigraphic and self-reported sleep patterns predict delinquency and daytime impairment among at-risk adolescents. Sleep Health. 2015;1(3):177-183.


Basic and Translational Research


El Demellawy D, Cundiff CA, Nasr A, Ozolek JA, Elawabdeh N, Caltharp SA, Masoudian P, Sullivan KJ, de Nanassy J, Shehata BM (2016). Congenital mesoblastic nephroma: a study of 19 cases using immunohistochemistry and ETV6-NTRK3 fusion gene rearrangement. Pathology, 48(1), 47–50.

Gutierrez-Murgas YM, Skar G, Ramirez D, Beaver M, Snowden JN. IL-10 plays an important role in the control of inflammation but not in the bacterial burden in S. epidermidis CNS catheter infection. J Neuroinflammation. 2016;13(1):271. Published 2016 Oct 13. 

Hossain A, Gumin J, Gao F, Figueroa J, Shinojima N, Takezaki T, Priebe W, Villarreal D, Kang SG, Joyce C, Sulman E, Wang Q, Marini FC, Andreeff M, Colman H, Lang FF. Mesenchymal Stem Cells Isolated From Human Gliomas Increase Proliferation and Maintain Stemness of Glioma Stem Cells Through the IL-6/gp130/STAT3 Pathway. Stem Cells. 2015 Aug;33(8):2400-15.

Sinha S, Li F, Villarreal D, Shim JH, Yoon S, Myung K, Shim EY, Lee SE. Microhomology-mediated end joining induces hypermutagenesis at breakpoint junctions. PLoS Genet. 2017 Apr 18;13(4):e1006714.

Sinha S, Villarreal D, Shim EY, Lee SE. Risky business: Microhomology-mediated end joining. Mutat Res. 2016;788:17-24.




Blumberg JS, Barajaz M, Roberts D, Clary C, Kumar S. Call Me Maybe… A Simulation Based Curriculum for Telephone Triage Education in a Pediatric Residency. Front Pediatr. 2020;8:283. Published 2020 Jun 23.

Clary C, Lambarth L, Kaushik R. Locked and (Un)-Loaded Discussions: A Pediatric Resident Safe Firearm Storage Counseling Curriculum. MedEdPORTAL: The Journal of Teaching and Learning Resources. 2020; accepted for publication.

Moresco BL, Banales J, Harline M, Phan A, Ramirez D, Sadovsky L, Villarreal D, Barajaz MD, Denniston SF, Wolfe AD. Reflections on year one of a new residency program: Lessons for future leaders from residents and educators. MedEdPublish 2020. “Recommended” status based on favorable peer review.

Wolfe AD, Hoang KB, Denniston SF. Teaching conflict resolution in medicine: lessons from business, diplomacy, and theatre. MedEdPORTAL: The Journal of Teaching and Learning Resources. 2018;14:10672.


Quality Improvement/Patient Safety


Moresco BL, Woosley C, Sauter M, Bhalala U. Poor Compliance with Sepsis Guidelines in a Tertiary Care Children's Hospital Emergency Room. Front Pediatr. 2018;6:53. Published 2018 Apr 5.

Rubenstein J, Kaplow J, Moresco B, Kang TI. Impact of Natural Disasters on Children Receiving Palliative Care Lessons Learned from Hurricane Harvey. Curr Pediatr Rep 6, 158–165 (2018).


Case Report


Gellman SR, Milera A, DeNapoli TS, Buckmiller LM, Castagnini LA. Actinomyces Mastoiditis in a 5-Year-Old Male. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2019;58(14):1534-1537.

Gellman SR, Ng YT. Transient Corpus Callosal Lesion Presenting with Alien Hand Syndrome. Pediatr Neurol. 2018;89:66-67.

Lambarth L, Stahl M. Refractory Nasal Polyposis Treated with Omalizumab in a Child. Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (2018);121(5):S129.

Mojica AM, Elizalde A. GATA2 Deficiency in a Pediatric Patient. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2019;7(6):2021-2022. 

Mojica AM, Wolfe AD. A Case of Myelofibrosis and Myelodysplasia Identified Following Exposure to Isotretinoin [published online ahead of print, 2019 Nov 27]. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2019;10.1097/MPH.0000000000001691.

Moresco BL, Svoboda MD, Ng YT. A Quiet Disease With Loud Manifestations. Semin Pediatr Neurol. 2018;26:88-91.

Phan A, Castagnini LA. Corticosteroid Treatment for Prolonged Fever in Hepatosplenic Cat-Scratch Disease: A Case Study. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2017;56(14):1291-1292.

Sabroske E, Svoboda MD, Ng YT. Passing the Newborn Hearing Screen Does Not Always Exclude Acquired Hearing Loss Due to Congenital Infection. Pediatr Neurol. 2018;83:60-61.

Sagar M, Marshall AS, Clary CW, Qureshi. Paediatric case of ductal origin of right pulmonary artery presenting with exertional dyspnoea and mimicking asthma and primary ciliary dyskinesia. BMJ Case Rep. 2017;2017:bcr2016218885. Published 2017 Oct 10.

Smith M, Crews JD, Cheek N, Srivastava R, Appachi E. Hyperammonemic Encephalopathy due to Ureaplasma parvum Infection in an Immunocompromised Child. Pediatrics. 2019;144(2):e20190601.