Sharon Dabrow

University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, United States

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Publications (10)14.6 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Although copper deficiency is a rare occurrence in the developed world, attention should be given to the proper supplementation of minerals to at-risk pediatric patients. This study presents 3 distinct cases of copper deficiency in hospitalized patients aged 14 months, 6 years, and 12 years. Two patients had short bowel syndrome, requiring prolonged parenteral nutrition or complex intravenous fluid supplementation. The third patient was severely malnourished. Copper deficiency manifested in all of our patients as either microcytic anemia or pancytopenia with myelodysplastic syndrome. Copper deficiency is an important diagnosis to be considered in patients with prematurity, parenteral nutrition dependency, malabsorption, and/or those with malnutrition. More studies are needed to establish appropriate amounts of copper supplementation to replenish copper stores in deficient patients.
    No preview · Article · May 2012 · Clinical Pediatrics
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    Jennifer Takagishi · Sharon Dabrow
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    ABSTRACT: Introduction. Mentoring relationships have been shown to support academicians in areas of research, work/life balance, and promotion. Methods. General pediatric division chiefs accessed an electronic survey asking about mentorship relationships, their ability to create a mentorship program, and resources needed. Results. Dyadic mentorship programs were available at 53% of divisions. Peer mentorship programs were available at 27% of divisions. Overall, 84% of chiefs believed that dyadic mentorship would benefit their faculty. 91% of chiefs believed that peer mentorship would benefit their faculty. Chiefs were interested in starting peer (57%) or dyadic (55%) mentorship programs. Few divisions had a peer mentorship program available, whereas 24% already had a dyadic program. 43% of chiefs felt that they had the tools to start a program. Many tools are needed to create a program. Discussion. General pediatric division chiefs acknowledge the benefits of mentoring relationships, and some have programs in place. Many need tools to create them. Pediatric societies could facilitate this critical area of professional development.
    Preview · Article · Nov 2011 · International Journal of Pediatrics
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate pediatric chief residents' responsibilities and determine how chief residents and program directors view the scope of the chief resident's role. SURVEY: We distributed a 20-item survey to program directors and chief residents at all US pediatric residency programs. Questions pertained to activities performed and the level of importance of administrative, clinical, and educational activities. The survey also investigated motivating factors to become chief resident, future career plans, and level of job satisfaction. We received responses from 127 program directors and 101 chief residents. Of the chief residents, 98% (99/101) felt administrative tasks were very/somewhat important, followed by education, service, and research. Significantly more program directors than chief residents felt chiefs' overall workload was well balanced. Program directors gave higher ratings than chief residents on chief's ability to develop clinical skills (79% [95/121] versus 61% [61/100]) and manage stress and burnout (86% [104/121] versus 72% [72/100]). Future career plans for chief residents in decreasing order included fellowship, outpatient practice, academic practice, and working as a hospitalist. The most significant problems reported by the chief residents were lack of administrative support and lack of time spent in educational/clinical activities. The chief resident role is primarily administrative, but program directors and chiefs feel teaching and clinical responsibilities also are important. Although the 2 groups agreed in many areas, program directors underestimated the administrative demands placed on the chief residents, and our findings suggest the chief resident role may be more fulfilling if the balance was shifted somewhat toward teaching and clinical responsibilities.
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  • No preview · Article · Feb 2007 · Journal of Adolescent Health

  • No preview · Article · Oct 2006 · Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics
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    ABSTRACT: Residency is a time of stress and turmoil for many residents. The stresses are varied and great, often involving both personal and professional issues. One institutional mechanism that has been shown to help residents cope with stress is the use of residents' wellness, or assistance, programs. The University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine developed the USF Residency Assistance Program (RAP) in 1997, modeled after business employee assistance programs but tailored to enhance the well-being of residents. The program was developed in an organized, thoughtful manner starting with a Request for Proposals to all local employee assistance programs and the selection of one of these to run the program. The RAP is broad-based, readily available, easily accessible, totally voluntary and confidential, and not reportable to the state board of medicine. It is well integrated into all residency programs and has had excellent acceptance from the administration; information about access to the RAP is available to all residents through multiple venues. The cost is minimal, at only seven cents a day per resident. The authors present data from the eight years the RAP has been operating, including information on program use, referral rates, acceptance, and types of problems encountered. One suicide occurred during this time period, and the RAP provided a significant role in grief counseling. Assistance programs are critical to the well-being of residents. The USF program presents a model that can be used by other programs around the country.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2006 · Academic Medicine
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    ABSTRACT: Pediatric residents on block community rotations completed journals and exit interviews regarding their perceptions of the rotation. Three common themes present in residents' responses were identified via qualitative analysis: enlightenment and attitude change, impact of direct participation, and rotation challenges. Advantages and disadvantages to block rotations in community pediatrics, and their relationship to learning child advocacy skills, are discussed. Finally, the use of journals as a tool to document systems-based practice competency is explored.
    Full-text · Article · May 2006 · Clinical Pediatrics
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    ABSTRACT: Prominent pediatric organizations agree that young physicians need to be trained for the role of patient advocate in the community. However, information on the community site administrators' perspective on such training is limited. Therefore, the objective of this study was to explore community site administrators' perceptions of the advantages and disadvantages to pediatric resident training at their centers. Understanding these perspectives may lead to better partnerships and experiences for both the residents and the community sites. Twenty-eight community site administrators participating in 2 residency community rotations located in Ohio and Florida were surveyed with a semistructured questionnaire. A qualitative data analysis methodology was used to explore the entire set of responses. Research team members reviewed the responses, coded them for emerging themes, and generated three themes: 1) awareness, 2) knowledge exchange, and 3) organizational issues. Fifty-seven percent of site administrators responded. These administrators consistently indicated that they valued the opportunity to increase residents' awareness of the services their sites provided to the community. The administrators and families served by the agencies appeared to benefit from the medical knowledge exchange, and this was a significant advantage from the community site administrators' perspective. Finally, community sites identified organizational issues of complex scheduling as an area for improvement. These findings demonstrate the value community sites place on active, early involvement of pediatric residents with community agencies. We have also identified key points to improve the experiences for both community sites and residents during a community pediatric rotation.
    Full-text · Article · Jan 2004 · Ambulatory Pediatrics
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to define the barriers to breastfeeding in the inner city African American adolescent mother. The study was conducted at Johnnie Ruth Clarke Health Center in St. Petersburg, Florida from October 1999 to February 2000. The study population included 25 African American adolescent mothers between the ages of 15 and 21 years. The results indicate that these mothers possess adequate knowledge about the benefits of breast milk. The greatest barriers to breastfeeding included pain, embarrassment, and lack of interest. These concerns are appropriate given their developmental stage; however, interventions are necessary to address these issues.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2002 · Clinical Pediatrics

Publication Stats

59 Citations
14.60 Total Impact Points


  • 2006-2012
    • University of South Florida
      • Department of Pediatrics
      Tampa, Florida, United States
  • 2004
    • Medical University of Ohio at Toledo
      • Department of Pediatrics
      Toledo, Ohio, United States