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Research and Scholarship


With the terrific backdrop of our organization, Kaiser East Bay pediatric residents have rich opportunities to explore and discover through research and scholarly pursuits. Many of our residents are involved with research and scholarship projects, ranging from clinical inquiries to quality improvement to medical education. Strong support is provided for residents to engage in these pursuits and present their work in a variety of venues.

We have two full-time dedicated research coordinators who support resident research at the Oakland Medical Center. In addition, our residency program has an established relationship with our regional Division of Research (DOR), where residents may access patient databases, statisticians, and other analytical support to assist in project planning, data collection and processing, and vehicles for dissemination.

Resident Spotlight

Characteristics and health care needs of pediatric patients with gender dysphoria
Dr. Ted Handler, resident class of 2019 and current MPH candidate at UC Berkeley, presents his research at the 2018 World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Symposium in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Improving Neonatal Hepatitis B Vaccination Rates at KP Oakland

Dr. Jina Park, current chief resident, and Dr. Tracy Pham, resident class of 2019, present their quality improvement work at the 2019 Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Meeting in Baltimore, MD and the upcoming 2019 AAP National Conference in New Orleans, LA.

Trends in Pediatric Weight Tracking by Stature among Children with Obesity

Drs. Kara Mesznik and Lucia An, residents class of 2020, present their research at the 2019 Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Meeting in Baltimore, MD.

Development of a longitudinal procedure-based simulation curriculum in a pediatric residency

Drs. Lydia Maleknia and Vanessa Boshuizen, residents class of 2020, present their educational scholarship at the 2019 Academic Pediatric Association (APA) Region IX and X Annual Conference in Monterey, CA.

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