Annual Research Day spotlights works done by pediatric residents, fellows

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Pictured: Dr. Scarlett Johnson, who won first-place for her research as a pediatric resident, with Drs. Prashant Purohit and David Kurahara. Photo courtesy of Natalie Ho Talamoa.


The Annual Raul Rudoy, MD, MPH Resident and Fellow Research Day highlights scholarly work done by the pediatric residents and neonatal fellows at the University of Hawaiʻi Department of Pediatrics and Kapiʻolani Medical Center for Women and Children.

“Our overarching goal is to encourage and support the residents who do such good work. That’s the goal of the research day and philosophy for the three-year (residency) program,” said Dr. Prashant Purohit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit doctor and Resident Research Director.

“Gut Microbiota and its Establishment” was the topic of this year’s keynote speaker, Frederik Bäckhed, PhD. Ten residents and fellows presented their research on May 29, 2019 at Kapiʻolani Medical Center’s Nan Inc. Auditorium.

This event comes at the heels of the doctors’ graduation from the residency program, and is a “feel good event to thank them for all the hard work they’ve done for us,” said Dr. David Kurahara, Pediatric Residency Program Director.

The first-place winner in the resident division was 2016 JABSOM Alumnus Scarlett Johnson, MD for her work, “Optimizing Fluoride Varnish Use at an Outpatient Pediatric Clinic in a tertiary care center, a Quality Improvement Project.” August Boeglin, MD placed second with his work, “Impact of Higher Pediatric Vancomycin Dosing on Serum Trough Levels.” William Sherman, DO claimed the fellowship division for his work, “Inflammatory Biomarker Profiles in a Pig Model of Endotoxin-Induced Acute Lung Injury with Low Dose Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy.”

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