Contact: Dr. Alison E. Cole -- 301-594-3827
The goal of these programs is to develop clinician-scientists who will be leaders in the field of anesthesia research. The programs should provide multidisciplinary research training to help develop individuals with the skills and expertise to explore research problems relevant to anesthesiology, including the fundamental mechanisms of anesthetic action. The goal is to provide rigorous postdoctoral research training with an emphasis on hypothesis-driven laboratory or clinical research. Trainees, most of whom would hold the M.D. degree, will be expected to spend at least 2 years in the training program and devote a minimum of 80 percent effort toward their research. Most trainees will be recruited from anesthesiology residency programs, but individuals from other clinical specialties may be considered if their research interest is focused on problems in anesthesiology. For trainees with the Ph.D. degree, the research and training should be specifically designed to promote a research career addressing problems in anesthesiology and should provide opportunities to enhance their research training with a clinical perspective. Trainees should have the opportunity to acquire fundamental knowledge and research techniques in such disciplines as biochemistry, biophysics, cell biology, molecular biology, neurobiology, pharmacology or physiology. The training experience should be enhanced by providing programmatic activities, such as a seminar series and journal club, and may include specific courses if well justified, such as those on research techniques/approaches or biomedical statistics. The training faculty should be multidisciplinary and may include both clinician-scientists and basic scientists as potential mentors.