A female pediatric resident smiling while standing in front of a research poster that she is presenting.

Integral to the mission of the OHSU Department of Pediatrics is to improve child health through multiple avenues of inquiry, including research and quality improvement.  The residency program has chosen to emphasize scholarly work on childhood disease as a priority for its residents.

Residents participate in longitudinal curriculum that introduces them to the many domains and logistics of scholarship, including data collection and processing, grant writing, database management, project planning, evidence review, and manuscript preparation. With increased exposure and opportunities to network with a variety of mentors, our aim is that over the course of three years residents will complete meaningful projects that have a lasting impact on child health and align with a resident’s professional goals.

Presentations at local and national meetings is encouraged. Local opportunities to disseminate scholarly work include small group workshops, institutional conferences, and a departmental research night. Residents are supported to attend national meetings with individual travel funds and department-wide travel grants.

Selection of recent projects completed by residents


Virk K, Foster BA, Orwoll B, Schelonka R, Balaji S. Can point of care ultrasound accurately identify pre- vs post-pyloric feeding tube placement in children? Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Meeting; May 2020 (cancelled due to COVID).

Mamidi R, Huynh T, Lapcharoensap W. Impact of repeated simulated neonatal resuscitation training on NRP algorithm adherence in a community hospital. AAP National Conference and Exhibition, Section on Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine Program; October 2019; New Orleans, LA.

Beaver M, Phelps K, Garg S. Suboptimal pain control in post-operative Glenn patients leads to increased afterload on the single ventricle. 30th Annual Meeting of the Western Society of Pediatric Cardiology (WSoPC); May 2019; Las Vegas, NV.

O’Neill A, Seideman C, Connelly K. Standardizing urology follow up and patient education for girls with classical congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Meeting. April 2019; Baltimore, MD.

Saladik M, Gilmore B, Fisher C, Waagmeester L, Bailey B, Aylor M. Increased exposure to procedural training in residency. Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD) Annual Spring Meeting; March 2019; New Orleans, LA.

Gilmore B, Fisher C, Saladik M, Weddle M, Aylor M. Early exposure to behavioral, mental and adolescent health in general pediatrics. Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD) Annual Spring Meeting; March 2019; New Orleans, LA.

Gardiner H, Wilcox (Lanocha) N, et al. Reducing unnecessary testing of viral respiratory pathogens in pediatric patients. Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD) Annual Spring Meeting; March 2019; New Orleans, LA.

Lanocha, N. Reassessing the role for dialysis in a neonate with progressive illness. American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Annual Conference; March 2019; Orlando, FL.

Mamidi R. Impact of repeat simulated neonatal resuscitation training on NRP algorithm adherence in a community hospital. Western Medical Research Conference; January 2019; Carmel, CA. 


Mamidi RR, Austin JP, Roberts C. Recurrent episodes of hypotonia, encephalopathy, and quadriparesis in a 3-year-old female. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2020 Feb;59(2):211-215. doi:10.1177/0009922819886872.

Dror AD, Virk K, Lee K, Gerston A, Prakash A, Abbott MJ, Jaque SV, Sumida KD. Resistance training threshold for elevating bone mineral density in growing female rats. Int J Sports Med. 2018 May;39(5):382-389. doi:10.1055/s-0043-125447.

Desjardins L, Thigpen JC, Kobritz M, Bettis AH, Gruhn MA, Ichinose M, Hoskinson K, Fraley C, Vreeland A, McNally C, Compas BE. Parent reports of children's working memory, coping, and emotional/behavioral adjustment in pediatric brain tumor patients: A pilot study. Child Neuropsychol. 2018 Oct;24(7):959-974. doi:10.1080/09297049.2017.1365828.

Bircher JS, Dukhovny D. Does Erythropoietin monotherapy reduce mortality or moderate/severe disability in neonates with hypoxic ischaemic encephalopathy? Acta Paediatr. 2018 Apr;107(4):722. doi:10.1111/apa.14195.

Ondusko DS, Nolt D. Staphylococcus aureus. Pediatr Rev. 2018 Jun;39(6):287-298. doi:10.1542/pir.2017-0224.

Sinclair EM, McCleery EJ, Koepsell L, Zuckerman KE, Stevenson EB. Home literacy environment and shared reading in the newborn period. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2018 Jan;39(1):66-71. doi:10.1097/DBP.0000000000000521.