Resident Research

poster session

The Department of Pediatrics has substantial on-going research activities in General and Community Pediatrics, Neonatology, Critical Care, and all of the subspecialties. A variety of faculty research role models are available for the House Staff within the Department of Pediatrics and in other Health Science Center Departments. We actively encourage and support residents to participate in the production of scholarly work that enhances their professional development.

All residents are supported in their participation in team-based Quality Improvement (QI) projects every year through their QI curriculum. Projects are expected to be submitted to at least one venue each year.

All residents have the opportunity to participate in basic and clinical research during their three years of training. Residents following an Individualized Resident Track for future subspecialty training are required to complete scholarly projects in addition to QI during their three years in the program. Selected QI teams present their work annually at a Department wide Grand Rounds. A listing of all faculty and their research interests are provided to residents along with a longitudinal curriculum on the research process. On average in any given year nearly 50% of our residents have produced a scholarly project which has been published, presented in a poster format, or presented at a national conference including the following:

    • Pediatric Academic Societies
    • SSPR – Southern Society of Pediatrics Research
    • APPD
    • ACGME
    • PEEAC
    • Pediatric Hospital Medicine
    • AAP Legislative conference
    • ASPHO
    • 10th Annual Texas Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Conference
    • AMA Research Symposium
    • ACR/ARP Annual Meeting
    • American College of Gastroenterology Annual Scientific Meeting
    • AAP Annual Conference
    • North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Annual Meeting

Residents also have the opportunity to attend the annual departmental research day, institutional research, and QI day as well as a number of regional educational conferences. For those residents pursing a general pediatric practice or a hospitalist position, additional quality improvement projects or community advocacy project opportunities prevail. All House Staff are required to complete the IHI “open school” modules on these topics.

Erika Zerda

“This residency is special because the commitment to health equity, patient advocacy, and evidence-based patient care is woven throughout each level of training and subspecialty. Embedded within our postgraduate education is the intentional creation of an environment that fosters wellness and incorporates the importance of diversity and inclusion. Furthermore, our program encourages scientific inquiry with research opportunities that coincide with supportive mentorship.”
Erika Zerda, MD
Class of 2022