University of Wisconsin–Madison Medical College of Wisconsin

Volume 121, Issue 1

April 2022

Children’s Health and the Impact of COVID-19

Clinicians who take care of children understand that there are many factors – some beyond their control  – that can impact a child’s health and well-being, including access to health care. In this issue of WMJ, authors explore several issues related to caring for kids, both with and without the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In This Issue
Children’s Health in Wisconsin
Sarina Schrager, MD, MS, WMJ Editor-in-Chief

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children: A Call for Improving Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination Rates
Paula Soung, MD

Systems Thinking Is Vital to Long-Term Equitable COVID-19 Response and Recovery in Wisconsin
Sarah Davis, JD, MPA; Eunice Y. Park, MIS; Maria Morgen, BS; Baila Khan, BS; Kylie Donovan, BS; Manpreet Kaur, BS; Margaret B. Hackett, BA


COVID-19 Surveillance Testing in Secondary Schools: Findings and Barriers to Implementation
Amy Falk, MD; Mikaela Decoster, BS; Zachary Wallace, BS; Peter Falk, OD; Sarah Steffen, MMP; Alison Benda, BS; Tracy Beth Høeg, MD, PhD

Does Unconscious Bias Affect How Pediatricians Manage Their Patients?
Gisela Chelimsky, MD; Pippa Simpson, PhD, Mingen Feng, MS; Earnestine Willis, MD

Retrospective Evaluation of Return Rates in Pediatric Patients Treated With Inhaled Racemic Epinephrine for Croup
Inimfon Udoh, MD; David Heegeman, MD; Shalini Ravi, MD

Current Practice and Rationale of Prescribing Dexamethasone for Pediatric Patients Hospitalized for Asthma
Shelby Nelipovich, BS; Kelsey Porada, MA; Sarah Vepraskas, MD; Paula Soung, MD; Erica Chou, MD

Idiopathic Congenital Talipes Equinovarus in Wisconsin Newborns: Incidence and Associated Risk Factors
Brooke J. Olson, BS; Scott Van Valin, MD; Xue-Cheng Liu, MD, PhD

Telehealth in Genetics: The Genetic Counselor Perspective on the Utility of Telehealth in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Wisconsin
Sarah H. Choi, MGCS; Marwat N. Salamin, BS; Catherine A. Reiser, MS; Lauren E. Rachow, BS; Michael R. Lasarev, MS; M. Stephen Meyn, MD, PhD; Elizabeth M. Petty, MD


Hereditary Angioedema: A Review
Heidi Zafra, MD


Pediatric Respiratory Illness Hospitalizations Prior to COVID-19 and During the First Year of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Southeast Wisconsin
Tracey Liljestrom, MD; Sarah Corey Bauer, MD; Francesca Moral, MD; Erin Preloger, MD; Mariann Chelampath, MD

COVID-19 Pandemic Exacerbates Childhood Immunization Disparities
Brittany J. Lehrer, MD; Lauren Lawton, RN, BSN; Amy Kastens, RN, BSN; Larissa Malmstadt, MD; Robert Rohloff, MD; Peter L. Havens, MD, MS; Anna R. Huppler, MD

Transaminase Elevation in Nutritional Infantile Failure to Thrive
Kristen A. Marten, DO; Nicole E. St. Clair, MD; Daniel M. O’Connell, MD; Daniel J. Sklansky, MD

Pilot Study of Feeding Tube Education Using a Graphic-Based Course
Lauren Johnson, MD; Theresa Maatman, MD


Chronic Phenibut Use: Symptoms, Severe Withdrawal, and Recovery
Bryan VanDreese, DO; Ashley Holland, DO; Andrew Murray, DO

Clostridioides difficile Pyogenic Liver Abscess With an Empyema
Suhas P. Dasari, BS; Mit A. Patel, BS; Vishmayaa Saravanan, BS; Sanjana Jha; Kayla L. O’Sullivan BS; Harpreet S. Gill, BS; Pramod Acharya, MD; Pinky Jha, MD

Identification of Wernicke Encephalopathy in a Patient Presenting With Altered Mental Status and Dehydration
Leilani Hernandez, MPH; Taylor Brockman, BS; Tej Mehta, MD

Significantly Elevated Alkaline Phosphatase Caused by Congestive Hepatopathy in the Setting of Heart Failure with Preserved Ejection Fraction
James F. Wu, MD; Pinky Jha, MD, MPH; Saryn Doucette, MD; Haisam Abid, MD


2021 Medical College of Wisconsin Innovations in Healthcare Education Research Annual Conference


MCW’s New Cancer Research Building Will Stimulate Collaborations in Science Aimed at Decreasing the Region’s Cancer Burden
Joseph E. Kerschner, MD


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