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Pediatric Resident Research Day 2021

On April 29th, we held our 2021 Pediatric Residents Research Day.  The day began with a keynote presentation by Dr. Farah McCrate, the Director of Research and Innovation at Eastern Health.  Dr. McCrate talked about the contributions her department makes towards the goal of fostering health research and the type of partnerships Eastern Health can undertake with researchers at Memorial.
 
There were then 8 presentations from 2nd, 3rd and 4th year pediatric residents.  Topics this year included examining the potential of video education for pediatric asthma patients; developing an asthma registry for Newfoundland and Labrador; evaluating whether teaching learning theory to learners can improve medical education; exploring patient perspectives on having inflammatory bowel disease and its impact on daily living; determining the effect of maintaining a strict gluten free diet on pediatric patients and families in our province; and measuring antibiotic usage in a neonata intensive care unit before and after the introductin of an antibiotic stewardship intervention. Abstracts were also presented for projects focused on creating an outcome-based curriculum map for a pediatric residency program and examining the correlation between adrenal suppression and quality of life for pediatric oncology patients.
 
The range of topics studied reflects the diversity of issues impacting children’s health and pediatric training, with many of the projects focus directly on improving how care is provided to children in our province.
 
Dr. Jennifer Mooney was awarded the prize for the best research proposal.  Jennifer is investigating the educational needs of older adolescents with eating disorders as they prepare to leave pediatric care and transfer into the adult system.  Based on this first phase of her study, she will develop locally appropriate educational resources to better support our patients with eating disorders.  Her supervisors are Dr. Anna Dominic and Dr. Roger Chafe. 
 
Dr. Allison Lamond was awarded the prize for the best completed project.  Allison developed and evaluated an on-line module to help pediatric, family medicine, and psychiatry residents learn how to better diagnose ADHD.   Her supervisors are Dr. Sandra Luscombe and Dr. Tyna Doyle.  Allison will now represent our program at the National Pediatric Resident Research Competition and compete against the winners of research days at other pediatric residency programs across the country.
 
The judges for research day were Dr. Weldon Bonnell (Memorial / Eastern Health), Dr. Kathleen Hodgkinson (Memorial), and Dr. Rana Aslanova (Memorial).   
 
Thank you to everyone involved in helping with the residents’ research projects and with making our resident research day another successful event.