Our Residents

Who are our Residents?

  • PL1s:  Reshem Agarwal, Cheryl Chun, Morgan Greenfield, Mona Kansagra, Kirsten Orloff, Rachel Skalina, Yael Smiley, Colleen Meehan
  • PL2s:  Qadira Huff, Rehema Kutua, Justin Moher, Chiquita PalhaDeSousa, Bahareh Ravandi, Alexandra Sims, Michelle Soloman, Keri Toner
  • PL3s: Nicole Akar-Ghibril, Carla Gordon, Christina Harris, Sirisha Jonnalagadda, Erin Phillips, Ankoor Shah, Shuojing Song, Cristina Tuluca

Community Health Track Resident Research

Community Health Track (CHT) residents are required to develop a longitudinal project that they design and implement during the course of training. Residents are encouraged to use the Community-Oriented Primary Care (COPC) model to perform a health needs assessment and problem prioritization in the local community to serve as the basis of their project. Trainees are guided through the COPC process during their Community Building Blocks rotation in the first year. Once a project focus is chosen at the end of the first year, residents are connected with one of the many CHT faculty members doing community work on this topic. This faculty member will serve as a project mentor for the remaining two years.

Residents will have a half-day per week through the REACH program during their second and third years to work on their project. Further time in the third year is devoted to work on completing the project. Residents also may use elective time to work on their project.

By the end of their training, residents will be expected to:

  • Develop and implement a community-based health intervention or community pediatrics focused project
  • Apply for a CATCH (Community Access to Child Health) grant through the American Academy of Pediatrics or other similar grant
  • Submit an abstract to present work at a regional or national meeting
  • Plan for scholarly dissemination of their work

Project Examples

  • Creation of a program to reduce the rate of teen pregnancy and decrease the transmission of sexually transmitted infections among adolescents in Ward 8, Washington, DC
  • The “Use of Community Benefit as Catalyst for Improving Health Outcomes” project looks at Children’s obligation to provide a community benefit can be used to improve health outcomes in the community.
  • Early Head Start Project that places residents in an Early Head Start classroom and then teaches them skills to provide a health information session for parents of those children.
  • FitFamily: A Nutrition and Wellness program for the Prevention of Childhood Obesity evaluation looking at how to improve program compliance among the African American community and how obesity programs may be expanded to additional neighborhoods in DC.
  • Community Acceptance and Patient use of a mobile phone messaging program to Improve Hospitalization follow-up in Quito, Ecuador.

Community Health Track Resident Accomplishments

Grant Funding Received:

  • Children’s National Health System Child Health Center Board Grant
  • Global Health Research Grant, University of Michigan Center for Global Health
  • Children’s National Child Health Center Board Resident International Travel Grant
  • AAP Community Pediatrics Training Initiative Residency Training Grant
  • AAP Resident CATCH Grant
  • Coleman Fund for Resident International Travel Grant
  • HRSA Primary Care Expansion Grant

Projects Presented at:

  • Region IV Academic Pediatric Association Conference
  • Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting
  • American Academic of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition
  • National Association for Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions Annual Conference
  • 19th Annual Global Health Education Consortium Conference
  • American Federation for Medical Research Eastern Regional Meeting
  • Society of Academic Emergency Medicine Annual Meeting
  • NMA Pediatric Section Scientific Assembly
  • American Federation for Medical Research Eastern Regional Meeting

Awards Received:

  • First Prize in the Education, Training and Program Development Category, 10th Annual Children’s National Health System Research Day
  • ACGME David C. Leach Award

Articles Accepted for Publication in:

  • International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
  • Journal of Hand Surgery
  • Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
  • Pediatric Emergency Care
Quotes from Residents

Quotes from Residents

"Each resident in the Community Track embodies what I envisioned fellow trackers would be--smart, passionate, and truly dedicated to advocating for children outside the realm of medical wards and clinic."

"I love the electives that are built into the curriculum and most importantly I really feel like I have learned from everyone within the track. There is great camaraderie and the diversity of the group adds so much to everyone's experience."

"I think the community track empowers you to get involved with advocacy on different levels in Washington, DC -- both legislative (including at the national and city/state level) and grassroots -- and with different partners (non-profit groups, educational systems, professional medical groups, governmental organizations). It has some structure to it, but allows plenty of room for you to take on your own projects."

"My decision to pursue a career as a physician was driven by a desire to provide health care to underserved communities and to those who have historically, been dwarfed by society. When looking for a residency program, it was essential that I found a training program whose goals and philosophies were in-line with my vision. Children’s National was one of the few places that I looked at that offered a CHT, focused not only on urban healthcare issues, but also on government/health policy, international health, advocacy, and research. I was thoroughly impressed by the available electives that were offered as part of this track and furthermore, by talking with individuals who were part of this program, I know I would finish my training as a more socially conscious and responsible pediatrician for the community. Everyday, I learn so much from my electives, my patients, my co-residents and mentors. It has been a wonderful experience!"