At University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, we have a longitudinal research curriculum that provides residents with both didactic education on clinical research skills and ample time and flexibility to complete meaningful scholarly work. Residents work on their projects throughout their residency and may use elective time in their final years of training to complete their work.

All residents produce and present a scholarly project before the end of residency. These projects include all types of scholarly work, including hypothesis-driven research, robust quality improvement projects, and educational scholarship. To ensure the success of our residents, we provide an annual didactic curriculum that includes topics from all facets of scholarly activity so that residents can take advantage of the information to build their research skills as their projects progress.


  • Introduction to Scholarly Activities
  • Searching the Literature
  • Research Study Design
  • Institutional Review Board Preparation
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Scholarship Dissemination – Where and How

In addition to didactic sessions, each resident chooses a faculty research mentor from our large, accomplished faculty.

Our curriculum culminates each year with our annual Science Day. This day-long research symposium gives our graduating residents the opportunity to present their work to their faculty and peers. In addition, many of our residents have had the opportunity to share their work at regional and national meetings.

Research Track

For those residents who seek to do robust research with the goal of national dissemination, we have put together our Research Track. In addition to the research curriculum, Research Track participants have semi-annual meetings with Dr. Ross Myers, the track leader, to help with finding a research mentor, arranging schedules to maximize protected time for research, and being successful in your project. Participants also meet as a group every other month to discuss various aspects of the scholarly process at a higher level than the regular curriculum including the current projects being done by track members, preparing an IRB submission, how to prepare an abstract for submission to national meetings, among others.

To receive a certificate of completion of the Research Track, residents must have a resident-as-first-author original research project that is disseminated by being presented at a regional, national, or international meeting and/or having a manuscript accepted.

We are proud to share a list of our 2021 Research Track graduates:

Dayle Bondarev
Presentation Title: Low Serum Alkaline Phosphatase Level and Acute Kidney Injury in Children with Severe Sepsis.
Location Presented: Society of Critical Care Medicine's (SCCM) 50th Critical Care Congress.

Sonia Gera
Title: Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Youth with Diabetes Mellitus
Location Presented: American Diabetes Association meeting 2021

Alex Houck
Presentation Title: Variability in the Management of Constipation in a Pediatric Emergency Department
Location Presented: Pediatric Academic Societies, Virtual, May 2021

Michelle Pintea
Presentation Title: Emergency Preparedness: Is it being Discussed in Primary Care Practices?
Location Presented: Preparedness Summit, Atlanta, GA (Virtual), April 2021

Megan Scruggs
Presentation Title: Risk Factors Associated with a Positive Blood Culture in Non-Neutropenic Febrile Patients with a Central Line.
Location Presented: Pediatric Academic Societies, Virtual, May 2021

Supraja Swamy
Presentation Title: Safety and Efficacy of Supratherapeutic Serum Infliximab Levels in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Location Presented: Digestive Diseases Week, Washington DC. May 2020 and NASPGHAN, San Diego, CA Nov 2020

Saloni Sheth
Manuscript Citation: Sheth S, Fares M, Kikano S, Snyder C, Dodgen A, Wilhelm C (2020). Appropriate Use of Echocardiography for Palpitations in Pediatric Cardiology Clinics. Cardiol Young. Oct, 2020.