The goal of the Stanford Fellowship in Anesthesia Research and Medicine (or Stanford FARM Scholars) is to recruit applicants who want careers as researchers and academic anesthesiologists. This Resident Research Career Development Award awards an additional unrestricted $10,000 department stipend (taxed either as income over the normal postgraduate year salary and paid during each academic year, or as a research budget, as decided by the FARM scholar) annually for each year the resident is in the FARM program. The FARM program requires a minimum of one research fellowship year in addition to the 3 years of traditional residency. Additional funding to support research costs during the fellowship year is available through the departmental small grants program after review by the department’s Research Committee.
Applicants are encouraged to take advantage of the great breadth of research training available at Stanford by seeking out faculty mentors and laboratories in any department in the medical school or university. The FARM Program Director, Dr. Rona Giffard, and Assistant Director, Dr. Vivianne Tawfik, will mentor the resident until a suitable PI/lab is found, which should occur by the end of the CA1 year. Ongoing outstanding clinical performance is required. The program structure is flexible, with several possible options, as outlined below.
An important milestone is to submit a Research Fellowship Grant application to the Foundation for Anesthesia Education Research (FAER) (or equivalent) by February 15th of the CA3 year. The Chairman & Vice Chair of Research will judge annual written descriptions of research progress to determine continuation in the FARM program.
Following completion of the 3 residency years, these awardees will be appointed as junior faculty at the Stanford School of Medicine, with a commitment of 80% effort for research and 20% for clinical care. This can continue for 1, 2, or more years. The spirit of the FARM program is to nurture young investigators with departmental funding until extramural support is obtained. Mentored Clinical Scientist (K08) or Mentored Patient-Oriented Research (K23) Career Development Awards by the NIH are common options following an initial FAER or T32 fellowship. Any salary support obtained from extramural funding during the FARM fellowship would be incremental. The resident can also apply for the NIH Loan Repayment program; qualification for this program can result in a reduction of up to $35,000 for 2 years.