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Medical Training/Work Experience

July, 2016present

Fellowship in Neonatology/Perinatology

Children's National Medical Center

Anticipated end date July, 2019

July, 2013June, 2016

Residency in Pediatrics

University of Illinois at Chicago
May, 2008Aug, 2009

Clinical Data Manager

Alexian Brothers Corporate Health System
  • Aggregated and analyzed healthcare data (vital signs, BMI, health lab data, etc) for corporations and municipalities
  • Alexian Brothers representative on the Hispanic Wellness Committee - worked in several elementary schools that exhibited abnormally high childhood obesity rates; helped to create and implement a more culturally-sensitive wellness program within the school district
  • Participated in grant writing for the Childhood Obesity Program 
Feb, 2007May, 2008

Family Assessment Worker

Mental Health Center of Champaign County
  • Organized and managed creative outreach techniques to engage potential clients into the Healthy Families American home visiting program for at-risk teen parents, which was funded by the Department of Human Services 
  • Collaborated with community health clinics such as Planned Parenthood and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health Department 
  • Served on the Champaign County Dental Needs Assessment Board

Education

Aug, 2009May, 2013

Doctor of Medicine

University of Illinois Chicago, College of Medicine
Aug, 2003Dec, 2006

Bachelor of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Molecular and Cellular Biology

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Dean's List 2003-2006

Research/Quality Improvement

Better Practices Reduce the Incidence of Peripheral IV-Related Complications in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2016

  • Authors: Cassandra Montoya MD, Aarti Raghavan MD, Alan Schwartz PhD, Adelaide Caprio RN Jennifer Syslo JD, Arvind Shukla MD
  • Institution: University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System, Chicago, IL
  • Poster presented at Academic Pediatric Association Region V meeting, March 2016 and Pediatric Academic Society, April 2016 

Behavioral Issues are a Major Threat to Patient Safety in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit                                 2016

  • Authors: Cassandra Montoya MD, Aarti Raghavan MD, Alan Schwartz PhD, Adelaide Caprio RN Jennifer Syslo JD, Arvind Shukla MD
  • Institution: University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System, Chicago, IL
  • Poster presented at Academic Pediatric Association Region V meeting, March 2016 and Pediatric Academic Society, April 2016

Quality Improvement: Improving Adherence to Guidelines for Neonatal Sepsis Work-up    July, 2014 - June, 2016

  • QI Mentors: Dr. Michelle Barnes, Dr. Andrew Kreppel
  • Project: Propose to decrease the incidence of inappropriately-timed C-Reactive Protein lab draws when performing neonatal sepsis work-up after a diagnosis of maternal chorioamnionitis in the University of Illinois Chicago Newborn Nursery 
  • Project Role: Quality Improvement Team Leader

Quality Improvement: Improving Breastfeeding Knowledge In Pediatric Residents                 July, 2014 - July, 2015

  • QI Mentor; Dr. Jordan Hupert
  • Project: Improve knowledge regarding breastfeeding practices within the University of Illinois Chicago Pediatrics residency program 
  • Project Role: data collection 

Presentations

Complex Case Conference: 17 y/o Male with Hip Pain                                                                                                    April, 2016

  • Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds Conference
  • Moderators: Dr. Hyani, Dr. Kreppel, Dr. Choi 

 Questions Regarding the Management of PDA                                                                                                                  May, 2015

  • Neonatal Faculty Conference 

OB-Neonatology Case Conference                                                                                                                                            May, 2015

  • Moderator: Dr. Sachin Amin 

Complex Case Conference: 13 y/o Female with Fevers and Epsitaxis                                                                     April, 2015

  • Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds Conference 
  • Moderators: Dr. Choi, Dr. Gorla 

Guillan-Barre Syndrome                                                                                                                                                    December, 2014

  • Pediatric Morning Conference
  • Moderator: Dr. Leslie Jabine

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome - Diagnosis and Management                                                                           November, 2014

  • Adolescent Case Conference 
  • Moderators: Dr. Christine Stahl, Dr. Florence Desrosiers

Back Pain in the Adolescent                                                                                                                                           September, 2014

  • Pediatric Morning Conference
  • Moderator: Dr. Amanda Osta 

International Experience

Friends of the Children Haiti Mission Trip                                                                                                                     October, 2012

  • Sponsor: Dr. John Underwood, Swedish American Health System
  • Participated in setting up a medical clinic and seeing over 3,000 patients in the rural Haitian village of La Montagne 
  • Organized and implemented a program to educate local Caritas workers on proper wound care and suturing techniques 

Friends of the Children Haiti Mission Trip                                                                                            September - October, 2010

  • Sponsor: Dr. John Underwood, Swedish American Health System

  • Participated in setting up a medical clinic and seeing over 3,000 patients in the rural Haitian village of La Montagne 

  • Educated local midwives on safe and sterile birthing techniques, as well as neonatal care immediately after delivery 

Service/Teaching Experience 

Neonatal Workshop Instructor                                                                                                                                               February, 2015

  • Educated third year medical students on common neonatal physical exam findings, and instructed them on proper neonatal exam techniques

Mentor's Program                                                                                                                                                       August, 2014 - May, 2016

  • Aims to expose medical students to a variety of medical specialties and begin to incorporate clinical thinking skills into the M1 curriculum
  • Mentor to several first and second year medical students, who shadow me during clinical experiences
  • Assist the medical students with patient write-ups and case presentations

Residency Program Evaluation Committee                                                                                                August, 2013 - June, 2016

  • Participate in monthly committee meetings with the Chief Residents, Pediatric faculty members, and Program Directors, which are designed to address the improvement of the residency program
  • Personally responsible for addressing evaluations of the Pediatric ICU rotation, as well as improving resident education while on this rotation 

Medical Student Lecturer                                                                                                                        September, 2015 - June, 2016

  • Presented morning conference lectures to third year medical students rotating through Pediatrics clerkship 

Other Training

Quality Improvement Training Program                                                                                                                                     July, 2014

  • Moderator: Dr. Richard Banchs, Department of Anesthesiology, UIC Hospital

  • Program: “20 Steps to Process Improvement: How Healthcare Professionals Can Improve the Health of the Healthcare System”

Evidence-Based Medicine Curriculum                                                                                                                 July, 2013 - June, 2016

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Pediatrics 

Certifications

Jun 2013Jun 2017

BLS Healthcare Provider

American Heart Association BLS for Healthcare Providers
Jun 2013Jun 2017

Pediatric Advanced Life Support

American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support Program
Apr 2013Apr 2017

Neonatal Resuscitation Program Provider

American Academy of Pediatrics/American Heart Association

Skills

Language - Spanish
  • Proficient in conversational Spanish; intermediate level in medical Spanish 

Hobbies/Interests

  • Global Health and Travel
  • Tennis/Soccer/Golf and Exercise
  • NFL Football and University of Illinois Fighting Illini athletics 
  • Cooking