The objective of the Anesthesia Training Program in Biomedical Science is to train leaders in academic anesthesia by teaching trainees new technologies and approaches to anesthesia research. To accomplish this goal, additional training beyond an MD or PhD is required. This two-year training program provides the guidance, training, and mentoring critical to increase the success of these trainees in launching their careers in academic anesthesia research.
Trainees must learn to pose important and well thought-out questions, to think critically, and to use cutting-edge, interdisciplinary tools to answer these questions. Success also requires the development of skills in presenting results in oral and written formats, in preparing competitive grant proposals, and in engaging in collaboration when this will more effectively advance the research.
The training program starts by recruiting the most talented trainees from MD/PhD, MD, and PhD applicants interested in pursuing a career in anesthesia research and academic anesthesia. Trainees then choose a primary research mentor and a secondary mentor to closely monitor their progress. Close interaction with accomplished faculty is essential to mastering these skills, and this is the core of the training program. This core is supplemented by didactic material, and, in the case of clinical research, may be supplemented by a master’s degree in epidemiology or health science research.
Administratively, the program consists of a director, steering committee and a group of 20 highly skilled and successful training faculty from the anesthesia department and from 8 other departments within the medical school. The faculty is divided into 3 overarching areas:
- 1) Omics: a systems approach to disease
- 2) Inflammation, Signaling and Tissue Injury
- 3) Mechanisms of Anesthesia and Addiction
- Some faculty participate in more than one area.