Research and Scholarship



Faculty members in general pediatrics and a wide variety of subspecialties welcome you to consider participating in research under their mentorship during your residency training. If you are interested in finding out more about specific resident research opportunities, please contact our office so that we can help connect you with faculty members with similar interests.

QI Overview

The UNC Pediatric Residency Quality Improvement (QI) Program is designed to help prepare pediatricians to address quality of care issues during their training and career. The program is aligned with the Pediatric Residency Review Committee requirement that all residents learn QI methods and participate in a QI project during their residency. Our program started in 2008-09, when 13 UNC senior pediatric residents were trained in quality improvement methods and showed marked improvement in their confidence in leading QI projects and applying these methods in their work. Since then, we have implemented the program for all residents and we have seen the benefits of these resident efforts in improvements enacted throughout the hospital and clinics.

The QI Program assures that all residents:

  • Participate in at least one QI project during their residency,
  • Have access to a knowledgeable QI faculty advisor to assist them with their project,
  • Understand the important role of physician leadership in QI efforts, and
  • Understand and can perform the basic steps of a QI project:
    • Select area for improvement
    • Write project aim with measurable goals
    • Test and implement system changes using plan-do-study-act (PDSA) cycles
    • Understand how to use seven basic quality tools
    • Measure process and outcome changes using the basic quality tools

Resident QI Projects


Opportunities to Present Your Work

  • Evening of Scholarship

Since 1985, the intellectual highlight of the Department of Pediatrics has been its annual Evening of Scholarship held each May. This idea was conceived by Dr. Boat, a former Chair of the Department, as a festive evening in which pediatric residents and fellows could present the results of their scientific studies (both basic and clinical) to their peers and faculty members. The goal of the evening is to encourage each of our pediatric house staff to engage in some sort of scholarly activity beyond their usual ward and clinic assignments. Such activities might range from a case report and review of the literature about some disease to a sophisticated laboratory or epidemiologic study. Since its inception, the Evening of Scholarship has developed into a showcase event in the Department’s spring calendar, and is typically well attended by faculty, residents, and fellows.