Residents Present Research at Pediatric Academic Societies

Twenty-seven current and recent BCRP houseofficers submitted 25 abstracts of their research to the spring meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies in San Francisco, CA, May 6 to May 9, 2017.

Jessica-TsaiBCRP Resident Writer

Intern Jessica Tsai has had a busy year! In addition to all of her clinical training she has found her voice. Based on her training as MD/PhD student, she has written editorials about the challenges of the dual life as a physician-scientist and a medical trainee in the journal Science, and about mental health and wellness of bioscience trainees in Nature Biotechnology. During the Keystone Quarter she expanded her area of writing to describe a poignant case about bullying for the New York Times.

Malpractice Dodgers

The Malpractice Dodgers are a team of BCRP residents, alumni, and significant others that play in the Boston Children’s Hospital league in Hyde Park. The team was started by Jon Levin, a recent BCRP graduate and now neonatology fellow. The Dodgers started off the year rough in a 33-4 loss, but since then, have put together a string of victories and won the award for most improved team. Despite the initial losses, the team continued to sport big smiles and lots of words of encouragement to each other, just as a team full of pediatricians would! 

BCRP Mindfulness Curriculum

Based on new data showing that mindfulness practice can improve or prevent burnout, which has a significant impact on physician well-being and ability to deliver compassionate patient care, Junior resident Yarden Fraiman and recent BCRP graduate Alexandra Coria have developed a week-long mindfulness meditation curriculum for the BCRP, which they presented at the 2016 spring meeting of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors.

Pediatricians and Politics: Advocating for Pediatric Research

Urban Health and Advocacy residents spent a Research, Advocacy and Policy (RAP) afternoon last Fall with Boston Children's Office of Government Relations staff Amy DeLong and Kate Audette, learning how to lobby and speak to politicians. They put their skills to use that day, meeting with staffers in the offices of Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Ed Markey to advocate for legislation that would strengthen the NIH's commitment to pediatric research. 

REACH: Resident Education Advancing Communication in Hospitals

BCRP Residents Neeru Narla and Zeena Audi created a cultural communication curriculum to improve the quality of care delivered to ethnically and linguistically diverse pediatric patients and their families. 

Street Cred

BCRP residents Michael Hole and Lucy Marcil founded “StreetCred”, a first-of-its-kind program to help parents of pediatric patients at Boston Medical Center file their taxes and receive tax credits to improve their financial stability and reduce the effects of child poverty on health.