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Scholars Program at IARS 2017!

Join your eSAS colleagues as well as IARS members from around the world for this exciting Scholar-targeted programming! Academic anesthesiology and medicine are struggling to adapt to a rapidly changing world, where opportunities abound but obstacles are plentiful. This uncertainty is exacerbated with diverse pressures facing young scholars and a lack of specific tools and encouragement to pursue original investigations along the translational continuum. Using innovative teaching approaches, scholars will find the much needed skills they desire while interacting with peers and mentors. This special program will have broad appeal, particularly to early stage scholars in anesthesiology. Also, be sure to attend the Scholars’ Program Reception on Saturday, May 6, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, and p...

The NIH’s Loan-Repayment Program: An Overview

Imagine this: you’re a young physician, and like the rest of your peers, you have a significant amount of medical school debt.  Now add some debt to that from graduate school, and maybe even a growing family.  You’ve just completed a grueling residency, and you’re excited to get started with your physician scientist career.  But your classmates are taking private practice jobs that will pay them substantially more than the academic position you just accepted.  And as you start to add up the expenses that go along with this stage in your life, it hits you – how in the world are you going to pay off all of your debt as you start your career?  For most of us, this scenario isn’t hard to imagine; it’s actually a pretty good description of what is actually going on in our lives. Although many o...

Picking A Research-Oriented Anesthesiology Residency By Boris Heifets, MD, PhD

By Boris Heifets, MD, PhD (Stanford University) You’re finishing med school. You did a PhD, or spent serious time doing research. You are shocked how much you love anesthesiology (not quite what you expected a few years ago). Somewhat less shocking: you alone, among your peers, are going down this road instead of a research-track residency in medicine/peds/path. Can you really combine a career in science and anesthesiology? How do you even know which residencies to apply to? You need some help with this. Congratulations on navigating to the eSAS site! It’s true; you are looking for advice from a stranger on the Internet about one of the key decisions of your professional life. Well, I’m happy to help. Chances are we have something in common: I did an MD/PhD (neuroscience), was dead set on ...

Eight tips for obtaining research funding

Tips for Obtaining NIH Grant Funding Courtesy of Laure Aurelian, PhD, Stanford University School of Medicine   Have a good idea; consider issues, questions and controversies. Identify appropriate institute; talk to PO. Establish your independence potential. Define your priorities and achievements; training to complement. Generate relevant preliminary data. Discuss potential problems and pitfalls. Describe alternate strategies. Use clear and concise writing style; proofread and critique your own proposal Seek mentoring, enlist collaboration and read successful proposals models.

Early Career Development Pearls of Wisdom

Early Career Development- Pearls of Wisdom (In no particular order) Courtesy of Robert N. Jamison, PhD, Brigham & Women’s Hospital J – Join societies and boards. Volunteer as a reviewer for professional journals and be a member of editorial boards. You learn a lot by reviewing others’ work. Join committees and society boards. It is important to get your name out there and be seen. A – Answer questions you may see in your practice. Recruit from the patients you see (no need for a lab for every question). M – Master your time. Take advantage of nonclinical time or missed patient appointments. Have projects you can jump to when there is any unexpected free time. I – Initiate contact with potential collaborators and mentors. Get to know those individuals...

eSAS – Nurturing the next generation of academic anesthesiologists

This article was published in the Spring AUA Newsletter and discusses the goals of eSAS and the plans for the Scholars Program at the May 2016 AUA/IARS joint meeting. *Please note that since this article was written we have updated our group’s name to early-Stage Anesthesiology Scholars Scholars’ Program comes to AUA/IARS! Elizabeth L Whitlock, MD, MSc; Vivianne L Tawfik, MD, PhD This year’s meeting features a brand new program of talks targeted specifically at early-career faculty, fellows, residents, and other trainees interested in a career in academic anesthesiology: the AUA/IARS Scholars’ Program. The Scholars’ Program is intended to introduce the newly-minted Society of Anesthesiology Scholars (SAS), the “academic home” for early-career anesthesia scholars proposed by Michael A...

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