The University of Chicago Medicine - Comer Children's Hospital

Department of Pediatrics 2018 Annual Report

Education

 2018 Pediatrics Research Day Poster Symposium 

Trainees Present Research at Symposium

Kohta Ikegami, PhD, presents research to colleagues

As part of the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital Pediatric Research Day 2018, 100 trainees — seven of whom received best poster awards — presented their scholarly work at a Poster Symposium attended by Department of Pediatrics faculty.  

Kohta Ikegami, PhD, winner of the Best Poster for Basic Science Research in the junior faculty category, says, “The symposium is a great opportunity to get feedback from physicians in multiple disciplines and from a broad perspective.” 

Ikegami hopes his study of how the cell cycle is regulated will be helpful someday in understanding tumorigenesis. His research also examined the role of nuclear lamin A/C (LMNA), whose gene mutations cause various human diseases, including Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, a child-onset premature aging disorder. A paper featuring his results has been published in bioRxiv.  

Elevating Scholarly Work in Training Programs

Alisa McQueen, MD

The Department of Pediatrics launched the Fellows Research Symposium, a new scholarly endeavor to showcase the accomplishments of graduating senior fellows to the entire Department of Pediatrics.

“This is part of a broader initiative to cultivate a scholarly environment in all our training programs, inspire future projects with junior fellows, and spark collaborations between various sections,” says Alisa McQueen, MD, associate chair for education and director of both the Pediatric Residency Training Program and Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. 

At the first Fellows Research Symposium, 14 fellows shared the results of their studies in 15-minute presentations to faculty members and junior fellows. The projects ran the spectrum from bench science and classic lab-based research to clinical research and epidemiologic work. Sections represented included: neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric endocrinology, pediatric gastroenterology, infectious diseases, pediatric critical care, pediatric emergency medicine, pediatric hematology/oncology, and pediatric pulmonology.

Scholarship is fundamental to our curriculum.

Alisa McQueen, MD

“The symposium demonstrated that no matter what your career goal or scholarly area of focus, scholarship is fundamental to our curriculum at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital,” McQueen says. “We aspire to offer opportunities for all trainees to present their work in similar types of symposia.”

There is an expectation that every junior faculty member, resident and fellow will engage in some type of scholarly endeavor to enhance the rigor of scholarship across the education continuum, according to McQueen.

Honors and Publications

Education

  • Barrett Fromme, MD, MHPE, is the 2019 recipient of the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award from the Gold Foundation.
  • Nicole Hamp, MD, received the Anne E. Dyson Child Advocacy Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Alisa McQueen, MD, and S. Margaret Paik, MD, published “Illustrated Clinical Cases” in the 2019 Pediatric Emergency Medicine (2nd Edition).
  • Nicola Orlov, MD, was the 2018 Association of American Medical Colleges Humanism in Medicine Award nominee, and was selected to join the Association of Pediatric Program Directors 2018-2019 Leadership in Educational Academic Development Cohort.
  • Thea Stranger-Najjar was selected to the Coordinator Advisory Group of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
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Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    Resident Advisor, Neonatology

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    Resident Advisor, Neonatology

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    Director, Benign Hematology Program
    Associate Director, 
    Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program

  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    Director, Endocrinology Fellowship Program

  • Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
    Associate Director, Rheumatology Fellowship Program

  • Clinical Associate of Pediatrics
    Resident Advisor, Academic Pediatrics

  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    Associate Director, Pediatric Residency Training Program

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    Resident Advisor, Critical Care

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    Medical Director, Pediatric Respiratory Therapy
    Director, Pulmonology Fellowship Program
    Resident Advisor, Pulmonology

  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    Associate Director of the Pediatric IBD Center
    Director, Gastroenterology Fellowship Program

  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    Associate Director, Pediatric Residency Training Program

  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    Director, Leukemia and Lymphoma Program
    Director, Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program

  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    Associate Chair, Education
    Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship
    Director, Pediatric Residency Training Program

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    Director, Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program

  • Professor of Pediatrics
    Chief, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
    Director, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship Program

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    Associate Director, Pediatric Residency Training Program

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    Associate Director, Pediatric Residency Training Program

  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    Course Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Elective
    Pediatric Site Director, Emergency Medicine Clerkship
    Resident Advisor, Emergency Medicine

  • Clinical Associate of Pediatrics
    ​Resident Advisor, Hospitalist Medicine

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    Director, Ketogenic Diet Program
    ​Director, Child Neurology Fellowship Program
    Director, Child Neurology Residency Training Program

  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    Director, Pediatric Critical Care Research
    Resident Advisor, Critical Care

  • Clinical Associate of Pediatrics
    Resident Advisor, Academic Pediatrics

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    Medical Director, Care2Prevent Pediatric/Adolescent HIV Program
    Director, Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program
    Resident Advisor, Infectious Diseases

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    Director, Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Program

  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
    Associate Director, Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Fellowship Program

  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics
    Director, Rheumatology Fellowship Program

  • Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
    Resident Advisor, Allergy/Immunology

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