General Pediatrics

With an active residency program, the Department of Pediatrics is dedicated to ensure a strong research program. Research focus with the General Pediatric Section includes medical ethics, impact of screening and medical practice, and medical education.

Open Clinical Trials

Leaders in Innovative Care Scholars Program interviews
The REACH project is an ongoing effort to improve medical education funded by the American Medical Association. One component of our project at BSOM has been creation of a graduation distinction track called the Leaders in INnovative Care (LINC) Scholars Program. Within this program we are conducting a research project of audiotaped interviews of scholars one year after completion of the original summer immersion program experience to understand effects of the training on the students as they progress through medical school.

Pediatric Residency Carolinas Collaborative Advocacy Study
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Duke Endowment have partnered to fund and lead a project that is a partnership across all the pediatric residency training programs in South and North Carolina to work together to develop ways to better train residents in issues related to advocacy.  ECU BSOM Dept of Pediatrics is focused on building school readiness and parenting skills in families by working in partnership with a local library and offering monthly sessions that include reading to the children and education for the parents.

Treatment and outcomes in pediatric patients managed with coordinated care for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
A retrospective data collection study of patients with ADHD receiving medical care in the ECU Department of Pediatrics Clinic to assess what clinical practices impact outcomes.

Selected Publications

Goff DA, Larsen P, Brinkley J, et al. Resource utilization and cost of inserting peripheral intravenous catheters in hospitalized children. Hosp Pediatr. 2013;3(3):185-191.

Crotty JE, Eldridge DL. Implications of the new lead screening recommendations in North Carolina. N C Med J. 2013;74(1):39-43.

Eldridge D, Ledoux M. Needs more salt: old hydration habits are hard to break. Lancet. 2015;385(9974):1159-1160.

Okafor OO, Crotty JE. Abdominal swelling in a teenaged girl. JAMA. 2013;309(17):1828-1829.

Reigart JR, Chamberlain KH, Eldridge D, et al. Peripheral intravenous access in pediatric inpatients. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2012;51(5):468-472.

Perkin RM, Anas N. Pulmonary artery catheters. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2011;12(4 Suppl):S12-S20.

Eldridge DL. Alternatives to intravenous rehydration in dehydrated pediatric patients with difficult venous access. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2010;26(7):529-535.

Chen JG, Eldridge DL, Lodeserto FJ, et al. Paraquat ingestion: a challenging diagnosis. Pediatrics. 2010;125(6):e1505-e1509.

Brinn M, Hillenbrand K. Long-term corticosteroid use. Pediatr Rev. 2009;30(12):497-498.

Higginson JD. Emotion, suffering, and hope: commentary on "How much emotion is enough"? J Clin Ethics. 2007;18(4):377-379.

Higginson JD. Perspective: limiting resident work hours is a moral concern. Acad Med. 2009;84(3):310-314.

Hillenbrand KM. What is going on with vaccines: keeping up with the childhood immunization schedule. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2007;13(6):544-552.

Eldridge DL, Van Eyk J, Kornegay C. Pediatric toxicology. Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2007;25(2):283-308.

Hillenbrand KM, Larsen PG. Effect of an educational intervention about breastfeeding on the knowledge, confidence, and behaviors of pediatric resident physicians. Pediatrics. 2002;110(5):e59.

Sheldon M, Savage R, Perkin RM, Zanga JR. Palliative care for an infant with short bowel syndrome and advanced liver disease. Virtual Mentor. 2003;5(8).

Orr RD, Novotny WE, Perkin RM. Faith-based decisions: parents who refuse appropriate care for their children. Virtual Mentor. 2003;5(8).