Third Year

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Stephen Ballis, M.D. Medical School: Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University 
Undergraduate: University of Georgia 
Career Goals and Interests: Pediatric Hospital Medicine with an interest in resident education and wellness
Scholarly Activity: Pediatric Hospital Medicine 2020 Mini-Oral Presentation “Morning Report analysis abstract;” SC AAP Poster Presentation 1st place “Multifocal Osteomyelitis and Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: Which is the horse and which is the zebra?;" AAP Section on Hospital Medicine Travel Grant recipient

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Elizabeth Bigus, M.D.
Medical School: University of Central Florida
Undergraduate: Rhodes College
Career Goals and Interests: Pediatric Hospital Medicine with an interest in medical ethics
Scholarly Activity: QI Initiative “Hematocrit lab draw utility in newborn nursery”

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Jessica Hook, M.D.
Medical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Undergraduate: Hendrix College
Career Goals and Interests: Interventional Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiology, and Critical Care
Scholarly Activity: SC AAP Poster Presentation “Rheum with a View: A case of a 12-year-old with Rheumatic Heart Disease.” Research “Gastrostomy  and Tracheostomy after Truncus Repair in children with 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome” in progress

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Taylor Kassiotis, D.O.
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate: Sacred
Career Goals and Interests: Pediatric Hospital Medicine with an interest Global Health
Scholarly Activity: QI Initiative “Reducing Readmissions for Neonatal Hyperbilirubinemia;” QI Initiative “Hypothermia as a predictor of SBI in neonates”

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Missy Lalich, D.O.
Medical School: University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth/Texas
Undergraduate: California State University of Sacramento
Career Goals and Interests: Pediatric Emergency Medicine with an interest in simulation
Scholarly Activity: Clinical Pediatrics Case Report “13 yo male with hematuria and abdominal pain;” PAS presentation “Establishing a protocol for renal pylectasis in the newborn nursery”

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Katherine Loob, D.O.
Medical School: Rocky Vista University 
Undergraduate: University of Colorado, Regis University
Career Goals and Interests: Primary Care with an interest in lactation counseling
Scholarly Activity: PAS 2020 Presentation “There’s a Dot Phrase for That: Improving Physician Documentation of Pediatric Obesity Comorbidities in the Outpatient Setting”

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Shawna McCafferty, M.D.
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
Undergraduate: Augusta University
Career Goals and Interests: Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics with an interest high-risk neonatal developmental outcomes, Autism Spectrum Disorder presentation and diagnosis in adolescent girls, and anxiety disorders
Scholarly Activity: Elective Development “New parent elective promoting Resident Physician work-life balance and bonding during parenting transitions;” AAP Representative and Advocate

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Holly Rose, M.D.
Medical School: Indiana University
Undergraduate: Indiana University
Career Goals and Interests: Pediatric Emergency Medicine with an interest in administration and medical education
Scholarly Activity: Publication in Journal of Emergency Medicine and Southern Society for Pediatric Researchers 3rd place Oral Presentation "Abdominal Distention and Emesis in Term Neonate;" SC AAP Poster Presentation 1st place “Multifocal Osteomyelitis and Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: Which is the horse and which is the zebra?"

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Austin Rutledge, D.O.
Medical School: University of Pikeville - Kentucky
Undergraduate: Transylvania University
Career Goals and Interests: Neonatology with an interest in cardiac physiology
Scholarly Activity: PAS 2020 Presentation “The effect of prenatal and clinical factors including postmenstrual age in patent ductus arteriosus closure in preterm infants.” QI Initiative “Neonatal hyperbilirubinemia readmissions” Frontiers in Pediatrics manuscript “Neonatal fluid overload” in progress

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Trey Schwartzenburg M.D.
Medical School: Louisiana State University - New Orleans
Undergraduate: Louisiana State University
Career Goals and Interests: Pediatric Cardiology with an interest in critical care and Neonatal Cardiology
Scholarly Activity: National AAP Conference Presentation “Predicting Outcomes of Kawasaki Disease in a North American Cohort;" Active member of the MUSC Pediatric Advocacy Committee

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Shawn Shaji, M.D.
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Undergraduate: Clemson University
Career Goals and Interests: Pediatric Cardiology with an interest in Medical Education 
Scholarly Activity: SC AAP Poster Presentation ““Bridging the Care Continuum to Reduce Readmissions”



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Taylor Shepherd, M.D.
Medical School: Louisiana State University - Shreveport
Undergraduate: University of Louisiana - Monroe
Career Goals and Interests: Primary Care with an interest in complex care management
Accomplishment: SC AAP Poster “Bridging the Care Continuum to Reduce Hospital Readmissions”

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Courtney Vaughn, M.D.
Medical School: The University of Toledo College of Medicine
Undergraduate: The Ohio State University
Career Goals and Interests: Primary care with an interest in urgent care
Scholarly Activity: SC AAP Poster Presentation “Obesity in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Prevalence and Disease Associations in the Era of Biologic Therapy” QI Initiative “Management of Pediatric Obesity"

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Lauren Walker, M.D.
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
Undergraduate: University of Georgia
Career Goals and Interests: Neonatology with an interest in extracorporeal life support
Scholarly Activity: QI Initiative and SC AAP Poster Presentation “A Quality Improvement Project to Increase Discussion of Resources for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in a Resident Continuity Clinic.” Accepted to the 2020 PAS meeting