Scholarly Activity

Residency is an opportune time to explore all facets of medical education, further intellectual curiosity and establish a basis upon which to build adult learning skills.

Amy Stepp seen here, at the Pediatric Hospital Medicine conference in Nashville, TN. July 20, 2017

In my role as Associate Program Director, I work to ensure that our residents are able to explore various aspects of academic medicine, including Scholarly Activities. Our residents are required to participate in several structured Scholarly Activities such as Journal Club, Quality Improvement projects in their own continuity clinic and formal educational presentations at Morning Report and Grand Rounds. We also provide the support and mentorship for residents to pursue a wide range of additional opportunities for independent investigation including presentations at regional and national academic meetings, participation in existing clinical research projects and independent clinical research with support from the Maine Medical Center Research Institute.

Scholarly activities are integrated throughout the curriculum in a variety of settings from the bedside to didactic sessions. Residents complete their training having gained an understanding of how to use medical research and basic research concepts to inform medical decision making via the application of evidence-based medicine (EBM) skills. 


Wendy Smith, M.D.
Associate Program Director, Pediatrics
Director, Division of Genetics

Recent Resident Experiences

Emily Jacobs, DO (2019) is initiating a research project designed to examine urine cotinine levels in healthy children exposed to nicotine as environmental tobacco smoke or via electronic delivery systems to determine if there is a significant difference in exposure as parents often believe. She also would like to determine if there is a difference in exposure related to the location of parental smoking.

Micah Lamb, DO (2018) is investigating the effects of various playing surfaces on injury types and frequency in soccer goalkeepers using data from the National Athletic Treatment, Injury and Outcomes Network (NATION) High School (HS) Surveillance Program as well as information from Maine High School Athletic Departments.

Kevin Scully, MD (2018), Mike Dedekian, MD (Division of Endocrinology) and colleagues at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute are investigating a potential novel pituitary hormone with a likely association with obesity in children.

Meredith Bryden, MD (2018) and the BBCH Nurse Manger had an invited oral presentation at the 2017 Children’s Hospital Association Quality & Safety Conference highlighting the BBCH Team work: Improving the Pediatric Medication Discharge Process: a multidisciplinary approach.

Ina St.Onge, DO (2017) participated in several ongoing research and Quality Improvement projects in conjunction with the Division of Pulmonology and the Hospitalist team an resulting in an oral presentation during the Research Platform Plenary Session at the 2016 Pediatric Hospital Medicine Meeting (AAP, APA and SHM) and a poster at the 2016 North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference. 

Deirdre Burns, MD (2017), received a MMCRI Mentored Research Grant to examine the effect of the combination of urine cotinine levels and parental tobacco cessation counseling on the smoking habits of parents of children admitted to BBCH for lower respiratory tract disease. She collaborated with Colby Wyatt, MD and a local MPH candidate on this project.

Mark McGill, MD (2016), worked with Alexa Craig, MD in the Division of Neurology on a project examining the neurodevelopmental outcome of infants who have undergone early surgery for congenital heart defects in anticipation of a grant application to prospectively study the effects of post-operative therapeutic hypothermia on neurodevelopment in this population. Mark will began his Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at the University of Minnesota in 2017.

Sam White, DO (2016), is currently a fellow in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. As a resident she worked with Dr. Carol Hubbard, MD, PhD in the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics on a project examining Parental Perceptions of Barriers to Physical Activity & Physical Activity Levels in Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Megan Berube, MD (2015), currently a NICU fellow at Duke University Medical Center, worked with Alexa Craig, MD on reviewing the use of therapeutic hypothermia in the NICU for neonatal encephalopathy. She presented her work locally at the MMCRI CORE meeting as well as at the Eighth International Conference on Brain Monitoring and Neuroprotection in the Newborn.

Jillian Gregory, DO (2015), currently a fellow in Critical Care at Childrens’ National Medical Center, retrospectively examined the outcome of Percutaneous External Ventricular Drain (peeved) Placement in Preterm Infants with Post-Hemorrhagic Hydrocephalus., using a cohort of patients treated at MMC over the past 10 years.

Erin Kempe, DO (2013), received a MMCRI Mentored Research Grant to fund her clinical trial on therapy for atopic dermatitis with Ivan Cardona, MD. This project was presented at American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Annual Meeting in Boston, MA, November 3-8, 2011. Kempe, E, Cardon I, Jain N A Pilot Survey of Wet vs. Dry Treatment Strategies for Atopic Dermatitis Among Allergy and Immunology Physicians. Erin used elective time in her third year of residency to work in the Laboratory of Dr. Kevin Mills, PhD at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, ME. View the poster. 

Recent Resident Publications

Stepp A, Folker C, Tanzer M, Hayman J, Reynolds T, Mallory L. Autoimmune voltage-gated potassium channelopathy presenting with catecholamine excess. Ped Neurology, 72 (2017); 86-89

Brownell AD, Reynolds TQ, Livingston B, McCarthy CA. Human Parechovirus-3 Encephalitis in Two Neonates: Acute and Follow-Up MRI and Evaluation of CNS Markers of Inflammation . Ped Neurology, 2015 Feb; 52(2): 245-249.

Johnson, V, Hayman, J, McCarthy, C, Cardona, I. Successful Treatment of Eczema Coxsackium with Wet Wrap Therapy and Low-dose Topical Corticosteroid. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. 2014 Sept.; 2(6): 803-804.

Presentation Academic Meetings

Sedney S. Two Month Old with Fever and a Rash. Poster Presentation; vignettes. Society of Hospital Medicine Annual Meeting. Las Vegas, NM. May 2017.

St. Onge I. Fever and irritability in a 16 day old Infant. Poster Presentation; vignettes. Society of Hospital Medicine Annual Meeting. Las Vegas, NM. May 2017.

Bryden M, Lord M. Improving the Pediatric Medication Discharge Process: a multidisciplinary approach. Oral Presentation, Children’s Hospital Association Quality & Safety Conference, Orlando, FL. March 22, 2017.

Burns, D. Longitudinal Tracking of Overweight and obese patients in a primary care pediatric practice. Poster Presentation. Maine AAP Fall Conference. October 2016.

St. Onge I. Improving Experience and Outcomes During Hospitalization for Pulmonary Exacerbations. Poster Presentation. 2016 North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference, October 27-29, 2016 Orlando, Florida.

St. Onge I. Pediatric Patient-Centered Transitions from Hospital to Home. Oral Presentation (Research Platform Plenary Session). Pediatric Hospital Medicine Meeting (AAP, APA and SHM). July 28-31, 2016. Chicago, IL.

St. Onge I. Fever and Irritability in a 16-day old Infant. Poster Presentation, Maine Society for Hospital Medicine Annual Meeting. May 21, 2016 Portland, ME

Clem J. GI Upset After Recent Travel to Africa Poster Presentation. Hospital Medicine 2016 (Society for Hospital Medicine). March 2016 San Diego, CA

Dark J. Fever of Unknown Origin in a 6-year-old Female. Poster Presentation. Hospital Medicine 2016 (Society for Hospital Medicine). March 2016 San Diego, CA

Sam White, DO presented work on the process of developing a resident research project during training at the Spring Maine AAP meeting in May 2015.

Gregory JL, McElwain LL. Iron deficiency anemia in a 12 year old. Pediatric Hospital Medicine Conference, July 24-27, 2014, Lake Buena Vista, FL.