Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine

The Stanford FARM (Fellowship in Anesthesia Research and Medicine) Program

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

Please download the Program Overview slides: FARM-applicants-web.pptx

The Department of Anesthesia of the Stanford University School of Medicine aims to train excellent clinicians, future leaders in the specialty, and clinician-scientists in clinical or basic science research.

The goal of the Stanford Fellowship in Anesthesia Research and Medicine (or Stanford FARM Scholars) is to recruit applicants to the residency who want careers as researchers and academic anesthesiologists.  This Resident Research Career Development Award commences at the start of residency with the resident receiving an additional unrestricted $10,000 department stipend (taxed either as income over normal PGY salary and paid during each academic year or as research budget as decided by FARM scholar) annually for each year the resident is in the FARM program. The FARM program requires a minimum of one additional research fellowship year. 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 Department’s Vice-Chair of Research, Dr. Rona Giffard, 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. Examples are outlined below. The American Board of Anesthesiology now allows 9 months of research during the 3 residency years.

OPTIONS FOR RESIDENT RESEARCH CAREER DEVELOPMENT PATHWAY

Normal Residency
Residency with 21 Months Lab Research
Residency with 18 Months Lab Research
Residency with 30 Months Lab Research
Clinical Research Track* (30 months for Masters and Research Time)
CA1
CA1
CA1
CA1
CA1
CA2
3 Months Research/CA2
CA2
6 Months Research/CA2
3 Months Research/CA2
CA3
6 Month Research/CA3
6 Months Research/CA3
FAER Research Fellowship Grant
6 Months Research/CA3
Instructor
(80% Research)
Instructor
(80% Research)
CA3
Masters of Science*
     
Instructor
(80% Research)
Instructor
(80% Research

*The Stanford Clinical Research Training Program, funded in part by an NIH Clinical Research Curriculum Award (K30). The main component of the K30 is a training program in clinical research leading to a Master of Science (MS) degree in Clinical Epidemiology (http://k30.stanford.edu/)

If the FARM goal is to obtain PhD training, another available tract is the Advanced Residency Training at Stanford (ARTS) Program. http://med.stanford.edu/arts/

An important milestone is to submit a Research Fellowship Grant application to FAER by February 15th of the CA3 year (http://www.faer.org/programs/grants/index.html ). For continuation in the FARM program, the Chairman & Vice Chair of Research will judge annual regular written descriptions of research progress.

Following completion of the three 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 or 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 (http://grants.nih.gov/training/careerdevelopmentawards.htm ) are common options.

Any salary support obtained from extramural funding would be incremental. The resident can apply for the NIH Loan Repayment program (http://www.lrp.nih.gov/). Qualification for this program can result in a reduction of up to $35,000 for two years.

Applicants wishing to contact current FARM scholars please contact Alex Macario MD, MBA (amaca@stanford.edu) Individuals wishing to apply should email a one-page description of their research background, and career plans to Dr. Macario, Professor of Anesthesia and Health Research & Policy, Program Director, Anesthesia Residency, Stanford University.

List of FARM Scholars

Dr. Eric Gross
ergrss@gmail.com

Dr. Vivianne Tawfik
FARM Program Resident Contact
vivianne@stanford.edu

Dr. Brice Gaudilliere
bgaudilliere@gmail.com
Dr. Boris Heifets
Boris.heifets@gmail.com
Dr. Ankeet Udani
ankeet.udani@gmail.com
Dr. Jorge Caballero
jorgec@stanford.edu
Dr. Eric Sun
ericsunmd@gmail.com
Dr. Anil Panigrahi
anil.panigrahi@gmail.com

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