Scholarly Activities

Many residents at the University of Connecticut Pediatric Residency Program choose to participate in research during their training.

We offer several research rotations for our residents:

  • A four week rotation is available for residents with little or no research experience. The purpose of this block is to teach residents the basic research process. Residents have a faculty mentor and participate in a series of workshops that guide residents through searching the literature, identifying a gap in the literature, writing a good research question, and presenting results. Residents have a completed research protocol by the end of the block.
  • Residents with more experience can use one of their discretionary blocks to work on a project under the mentorship of a faculty member. Some residents elect to use two of their pathway blocks, one to develop their project and one to work on their project.
  • Residents with well-developed research skills may have a mentored longitudinal experience that allows a half day per week of time for research during their six pathways rotations.

A wide variety of research opportunities are available to residents both in the Department of Pediatrics and elsewhere in the medical school and community. These include basic science research, translational research, clinical research, policy research, and community-based projects.

We are very proud of our residents’ academic achievements.



American Academy of Pediatrics Resident Research Grant
Recipient: Sarah Kollar, D.O.

Children’s Fund of Connecticut
Recipients: Margret Blondal, Lauren Weaver, Nancy Presnick, Brooke Bohn, Gabriella Chibbaro


Solborg Ingvarsdottir. Stone recurrence among childhood kidney stone formers: results of a nationwide study in Iceland. Urolithiasis.

Amritha Patel. Greed hampers treatment of lead poisoning in children. Connecticut Mirror.

Paul Tomlinson The Evaluation and Treatment of Metabolic Acidosis. Pediatric Nephrology - Current Treatment Options in Pediatrics


Paul Tomlinson. Survival and Kidney Outcomes of Children with an Early Diagnosis of Posterior Urethral Valves, CJASN

Scott Treece. Rapid Progression to Lyme Carditis in a Pediatric Patient: A Case of Disease Dissemination Before Seroconversion. Cureus.

Blog Posts

Lenora Codrington. Not So Novel: COVID-19 Exposes Inequities in Vulnerable Communities. Advancing Kids Blog.

Erin Pastor. We must address basic needs during and after COVID-19. Advancing Kids Blog.

Jonathan Uhl. Camp Medicine. AAP SOPT News and Views Blog

Poster Presentations

Erin Pastor, Lauren Iacono, Nicholas Robles, Viven Solomon. Decreasing Inappropriate Use of Continuous Pulse Oximetry Monitoring in Patients with Bronchiolitis. PAS 2020.

Rachel Buck. The Diagnosis and Treatment of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease in a Pediatric Emergency Department. Eastern ESPR

Jenna Schermerhorn. Zero Fluoroscopy in Patients with Congenital Heart Disease. Cardiology 2020.


Alexa Goldfarb. Adverse Effect of Obesity on Outcomes of Children Newly Diagnosed with IBD. NASPGHAN.

Andres Moreno. Zero Fluoroscopy Radiofrequency Ablation of Atrioventricular Node Reentry Tachycardia in the Pediatric Age Group. AAP National Conference and Exhibition and Cardiology 2020.

Carolyn Ranten. The Use of High Flow Nasal Cannula for Bronchiolitis Associated with Earlier Institution of Enteral Feeds. World Federation of Pediatric Intensive and Critical Care Societies

Esther Son. To Stop or Wean Intravenous Fluids? Improving the Time to Discharge for Children Admitted with AGE. Pediatric Hospital Medicine National Conference.



NPPD Research Grant
"Ultrasound-guided Peripheral IV Education Study"
Recipient: Owen Kahn, M.D.


Fennell, Jessica. "Bilateral pseudomamma in a neonate" Consultant for Pediatrics. September 2018.

Forero, Laura. "Cardiac Rhabdomyomas in Tuberous Sclerosis Complex" Journal of Pediatrics.

Forero, Laura. "Newborn with esophageal atresia and tracheoesophageal fistula" New England Journal of Medicine.

Goode, Rtin. "The Critical Role of Mentorship in the ACGME Back to Bedside Initiative: Lessons Learned From the First Cycle of Awards" Journal Graduate Medical Education.

Hallett, Brooke. "Letter to the Editor: Pelvic Exams Critical to Diagnosing PID" Emergency Medicine News.

Invgasdottir, Solborg. "Incidence of kidney stone disease in Icelandic children and adolescents from 1985 to 2013: results of a nationwide study". Pediatric Nephrology.

Klima, Danielle. "A blue-colored mass near the eye of a 3 day old" Consultant for Pediatrics. August 2018.

Poster Presentations

Nicole Fersa
Building Meaning in the Work of Residents Through Enhanced Communication: A Pilot Project
ESRP 2019

Laura Forero
Biochemical and temporal profiling of chemotherapy associated hypoglycemia
PAS 2019

Joshua Goldman
The Impact of an Institutional-Treatment Algorithm to Improve the Control of Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting (CINV)
ASPHO - Pittsburgh

Improving the care of patients with sickle cell disease through the use of individualized pain plans
ASPHO - New Orelans

Erin Goode
Adverse Event Rate for Botulism Toxin Infection in Patients with spasticity

Building Meaning in the Work of Residents Through Enhanced Communication: A Pilot Project

Brooke Hallett
Family Perspectives on Accessing Community Resources to Mitigate Toxic Stress

Rash in a neonate with Ebstein’s anomaly and SVT
Pediatric Hospital Medicine Conference

Kaitlin Keenan
Improving Time to Administration of Systemic Corticosteroids to Patients with Moderate to Severe Asthma Exacerbations in the Pediatric Emergency Department

Sarah Kollar
Widespread Infection Seeding Multiple Systems, Abnormally Prolonged Course of Fever with a Year of Sequelae

Use of Segmental Displacement in the Assessment of Volume and Pressure Overload by Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Patients with Repaired Tetralogy of Fallot
SCMR - Washington

Kasia Saar
Are we speaking the same language? A Family survey about asthma inhalers



“Growing gardens and healthy children”
Recipient: Chelsea Lepus, D.O.

Helping connect refugees to medical homes
Recipients: Noah Buncher, D.O. and Divya Vangala, M.D.

ACGME Back to Bedside Grant
Recipients: Owen Kahn, M.D., Erin Goode, D.O., Sarah Kollar, D.O.


Chen, Peggy. "Utility of rapid whole exome sequencing in the diagnosis of Niemann-Pick disease type C presenting with fetal hydrops and acute liver failure" Molecular Case Studies. 2017.

Fennell, Jessica. "Bilateral pseudomamma in a neonate" Consultant for Pediatrics. September 2018.

Forero, Laura, Moreno, Andres. "Cardiac Rhabdomyomas in Tuberous Sclerosis Complex." Journal of Pediatrics. 2018. 192: 264.

Klima, Danielle. "A blue-colored mass near the eye of a 3 day old" Consultant for Pediatrics. August 2018.

Nezon, D. “Screening for lead poisoning in the 21st century: lessons learned at an academic urban primary care center.” Connecticut Medicine. March 2018.

Platform Presentations

"An Objective Approach to Identifying Opportunities for Preventing Ingestions Among Youth in Connecticut"
Presenter: Kyle Mudd, D.O.
Conference: Eastern Society of Pediatric Research. March 2018.

Poster Presentations

"Impact of an institutional treatment algorithm to improve the control of chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting"
Presenter: Joshua Goldman, M.D.
Conference: American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. May 2018.

"Building meaning in the work of residents through enhanced communication"
Presenter: Owen Kahn, M.D., and Erin Goode, D.O.
Conference: ACGME Back to Bedside Project Collaborative. October 2017.

"Effects of histrelin and leuprolide on BMI in children with idiopathic central precocious puberty"
Presenter: Nisha Patel, M.D.
Conference: International Meeting of Pediatric Endocrinology. September 2017.

"Clinical aspects of dietary therapy in children with eosinophilic esophagitis."
Presenter: Jonathan Wong, D.O.
Conference: NASPGHAN 2017

"Age Influences Choice of Initial Therapy in Children with Inflammatory Bowel Disease"
Presenters: Jonathan Wong, D.O., and Roxanne Cheung, M.D.
Conference: NASPGHAN 2018

"Adverse Event Rate for Botulism Toxin Injection in Patients with Spasticity"
Presenter: Erin Goode, D.O.
Conference: Society of Pediatric Sedation Conference

"A case of dysphagia that’s difficult to swallow"
Presenter: Sarah Mackey, D.O.
Conference: Pediatric Hospital Medicine, July 2018



“Parents Priorities to Mitigate Toxic Stress”
Recipient: Brooke Hallett, M.D.


Clouthier, K. “Management of a posterior mediastinal Gardner fibroma causing critical airway stenosis in a resource limited setting.” Journal of Pediatric Surgery. May 2017.

Poster Presentations

“Adherence to the international consensus quality indicators for longitudinal health maintenance and preventive care in a pediatric rheumatology clinic”
Presenter: Abigail Bosk, D.O.
Conference: American College of Rheumatology annual meeting, November 2017

“RANTES haplotype and risk of severe bronchiolitis in children”
Presenter: Katie Clouthier, D.O.
Conference: Society of Critical Care Medicine, January 2017

“Correlation between transthoracic echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging in the assessment of left ventricular function in patients with repaired Tetralogy of Fallot”
Presenter: Tam Doan, M.D.
Conference: International Symposium on Adult Congenital Heart Disease, September 2017

“Pregnancy and adult congenital heart disease: status in a newly developed high risk pregnancy and adult congenital heart disease program”
Presenter: Tam Doan, M.D.
Conference: International Symposium on Adult Congenital Heart Disease, September 2017

“Miniaturized implantable loop recorder in children and patients with congenital heart disease”
Presenter: Tam Doan, M.D.
Conference: Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Cardiology, April 2016

“Acute kidney injury in children admitted to the medical and surgical floor at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center”
Presenters: Tam Doan, M.D., and Anjali Gupta, M.D.
Conference: Illuminations Conference, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, May 2017

“Metabolic and acquired heart disease risk factors in Fontan palliated single ventricle patients”
Presenter: Anjali Gupta, M.D.
Conference: International Symposium on Adult Congenital Heart Disease, September 2017

“An evaluation of humoral immunodeficiency and IVIG usage in patients with DiGeorge syndrome”
Presenter: Tuhina Joseph, D.O., and Sara Soshnick, D.O.
Conference: Pediatric Academic Societies, May 2017

“Professional resiliency and burnout in pediatric palliative care clinicians”
Presenter: Rebecca Kohlberg-Davis, M.D.
Conference: American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference, 2017

Presenter: Rebecca Kohlberg-Davis, M.D.
Conference: American Thoracic Society, May 2017

“Three arrhythmias in two teenagers: non-fluoroscopic ablation of ventricular ectopy originating from the non coronary cusp”
Presenter: Sarah Kollar, D.O.
Conference: The Cardiac Electrophysiology Society, October 2016

“A rare case of symptomatic hereditary hemochromatosis in a 5 year old male”
Presenter: Katrina Loh, D.O.
Conference: World Congress of Pediatric Gastroenterology

“Does resident boot-camp increase primary care pediatric knowledge?”
Presenter: Jonah Mandell, D.O.
Conference: American Pediatric Program Directors Annual Meeting, April 2017

“Improving bronchiolitis across the continuum of care”
Presenter: Justine Mrosak, M.D.
Conference: Illuminations, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, May 2017

“COPA syndrome in a young infant”
Presenter: Carolina Quintana, M.D.
Conference: American Thoracic Society, May 2017

“Fast and sensitive: automated point of care urine dips”
Presenter: Kaitlin Strumph, D.O.
Conference: American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference, 2017

“Determinants of sepsis evaluation for hypothermic infants in the emergency department”
Presenter: Carolina Vega, M.D.
Conference: Pediatric Academic Societies, May 2017

“Efficacy of dietary therapy in children with eosinophilic esophagitis”
Presenter: Jonathan Wong, M.D.
Conference: Eastern Society for Pediatric Research, March 2017