News at Medicine - June 2020 - Pediatric Resident Research Day 2020

Pediatric Resident Research Day 2020
June 2, 2020
On May 21, the Division of Pediatrics held its 2020 Pediatric Residents Research Day. Held by videoconference, it featured many examples of research projects by residents.
Organized and chaired by Drs. Paul Moorehead and Leigh Anne Newhook, the day started with a keynote presentation by Dr. Kathleen Hodgkinson regarding her award-winning research studying genetic disease in Newfoundland and Labrador. She also shared some interesting stories about her early days in the province and gave some guidance on starting a research career.
Nine presentations followed from second, third and fourth year pediatric residents. Topics included:
  • Examining the outcomes for a new clinic focused on children and youth who are in protective care;
  • Examining the correlation between adrenal suppression and quality of life in pediatric oncology patients;
  • The development and evaluation of an on-line module to help pediatric, family medicine, and psychiatry residents learn how to diagnose ADHD;
  • Identifying new ways to assess psychological distress in long term survivors of childhood cancer;
  • An examination of the impact of transition from pediatric into adult care on a cohort of patients with diabetes to determine the factors involved in a successful transition;
  • A Choosing Wisely project to reduce the rate of prescriptions for infants with gastroesophageal reflux;
  • And an evaluation of a clinical pathway for improving the treatment of patients with asthma in the Janeway Emergency Department.   

Dr. Sarah Spénard
 (left) was awarded the prize for the best project by a second year resident for investigating the rate of vertebral compression fractures in children with cerebral palsy in Newfoundland and Labrador. Her supervisors are Drs. Jennifer O’Dea and Heather Power. 

Dr. Camila Carneiro de Lima (right) was awarded the prize for the best fourth year project where she examined if there is a correlation between tTG-IgA level and Marsh scores that can be used to help in the diagnosis of celiac disease. Her supervisor is Dr. Pushpa Sathya. 
“The range of topics studied reflects the diversity of issues impacting children’s health and pediatric training. It is great to see that many of the projects focus directly on improving how care is provided to children and youth in our province,” said Dr. Roger Chafe, associate professor of pediatrics.

Judges for the day were Dr. Weldon Bonnell, Dr. Hodgkinson and Dr. Farah McCrate (Eastern Health).   
Dr. Paul Dancey, chair of the Discipline of Pediatrics, commented that the organizing team are were to be commended for adapting to a virtual format that ran very smoothly. “From the opening address by Dr. Hodgkinson, to the excellent research presentations that followed, this was a fantastic afternoon to showcase all the hard work the residents have been doing on their projects. Congratulations to everyone involved.”