Past Meetings

AUA/IARS 2016 San Francisco

The Scholars’ Program at the first aligned AUA/IARS meeting took place on May 21-22nd, 2016 in San Francisco and was a huge success as the first AUA/IARS event geared towards junior faculty, fellows and residents! It also served to launch early-Stage Anesthesiology Scholars (eSAS) and will continue to be supported by our new community in an effort to provide a platform for our members to present their work, interact with each other as well as senior mentors and learn more about how to thrive as an academic anesthesiologist!

IARS Scholars’ Program

IARS 2016 Annual Meeting and International Science Symposium

Improving Health Through Discovery and Education
May 21-24, 2016 • San Francisco, CA

Scholar (skol-er): Noun

(plural noun: scholars)

  1. A junior faculty member, fellow, post-doc, or medical student

The Scholars’ Program at the 2016 joint meeting of the the International Anesthesia Research Society, Association of University Anesthesiologists (AUA), and the Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists (SOCCA) will cater to early-career anesthesiology faculty, fellows, residents and medical students interested in academic anesthesiology. We have put together an exciting list of talks, interactive sessions, and social events directly focusing on the needs of early-career anesthesiologist / scientists. The Scholars’ Program will support the development of young academic anesthesiologists, increase diversity in the upper levels of our specialty, and advance the science that informs our clinical practice. We hope you will join us!


Research in the 21st Century Panel: Saturday, May 21, 2016, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Join Drs. Judith Hellman, Alex Evers, and Jennifer Grandis for practical tips on generating an impactful research theme, advice on how to leverage the powerful Clinical and Translational Science Institute network for academic success, and a look into the future opportunities academic anesthesiology holds.

Dynamic and Interactive Small Group Sessions: Saturday, May 21, 2016, 2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Being a successful anesthesiologist-scientist requires a proficiency in scientific study design and communication that is unique. Join us for small group breakout sessions, headed by leaders within and outside our field, aimed to hone grant and manuscript writing skills, learn more about the NIH study section review process, and take an in-depth look at clinical trial design.

Showcasing Career Trajectories of Young Anesthesiology Leaders Panel:

Saturday, May 21, 2016, 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm

One of the goals of the Scholars’ initiative is to highlight the work and career development trajectory of young researchers who are already building inspirational careers in academic anesthesiology. Drs. Mark D. Neuman, Eric R. Gross, and May Hua will offer practical advice from their own experiences navigating career transitions.

Diversity & Academic Success Panel: Sunday, May 22, 2016, 8:00 am – 10:00 am

The face of academic anesthesiology is changing, and early-career researchers are helping drive this transition. Learn how you fit in, and how embracing collaborative opportunities within and outside academic medicine can enrich your work, from Drs. Monica Vavilala, Nancy Ascher, Karen Domino, and Meghan Lane-Fall.



Mentored Moderated Poster Discussion Rounds

Scholars will be asked to list areas of interest in advance and in small groups of 4-5 will be assigned Moderated Poster Discussion Sessions to attend in their topics of interest with opportunity to interact with the moderator of those sessions.


Research in the 21st Century Panel – 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

  • Choosing A Scientific Research Question that Inspires Passion and Creates ImpactJudith Hellman, MD, Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care, and Vice Chair for Research, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California; Member, Surgery/Anesthesiology/Trauma NIH Study Section
  • Opportunities on the Horizon: Current Trends in Academic AnesthesiologyAlex Evers, MD, Henry E. Mallinckrodt Professor and Head, Department of Anesthesiology, Professor, Internal Medicine and Developmental Biology, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Collaborative Research – Tapping into the CTSA NetworkJennifer Grandis, MD, American Cancer Society Professor; Associate Vice Chancellor, Clinical and Translational Research; Director, Clinical and Translational Science Institute; Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California

Dynamic and Interactive Small Group Sessions – 2:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Choose two of the four sessions to go more in-depth with experts in grantsmanship and the NIH review process, clinical trial design, and the way findings can be presented (or misrepresented) in a scientific manuscript. Participants will be able to attend two session topics in the time allotted for a personalized, small-group experience.

  • Mock Study Section –
Scoring and discussion of sample specific aims pages from (successful) grant applications.
Max Kelz, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Interactive Workshop on Designing a Clinical Trial –
Choice of a suitable research question. Making decisions on efficacy versus effectiveness.
Anke Winter, MD, MSc, Clinical Epidemiologist and Assistant Professor, Division of Public Health Sciences, Department of Surgery, and Assistant Professor of Surgery and Anesthesiology, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Independent Discussion for Scientific Manuscripts –
Comparing key points from participant-drafted discussions with the actual discussion sections in two selected published articles (one basic science and one clinical).
Ben Julian A. Palanca, MD, PhD, MSc, Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Grant Writing Session –
Tips and tricks for writing mentored career awards such as the NIH K08/K23 from a seasoned grant writer/reviewer.
Laure Aurelian, MSc, PhD, Senior Advisor for Faculty Development, Stanford University, Stanford, California; Professor of Pharmacology, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Maryland Medical School, Baltimore, Maryland; Reviewer, NIH Grants

Showcasing Career Trajectories of Young Anesthesiology Leaders Panel – 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm

  • Building A Career in Perioperative Comparative Effectiveness ResearchMark D. Neuman, MD, MSc, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania; Attending Anesthesiologist, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • How Alcohol and Hot Sauce Jump-Started My Career as An Academic AnesthesiologistEric R. Gross, MD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine, Member, Bio-X, Stanford University, Stanford, California
  • Building A Program of Research Using Big DataMay Hua, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Faculty, Division of Critical Care Anesthesiology, Division of General Surgical and Transplant Anesthesia, Columbia University, New York, New York

Targeted Small Group Mentor-Mentee Discussions – 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Supported by FAER (Academy of Research Mentors in Anesthesiology), this will occur during the evening Scholars’ Program Reception. Scholars (junior faculty, fellows, post-docs, and residents) will sign up in advance for this session. Mentors will be pre-selected and matched with 2-3 scholars based on appropriate expertise. Scholars may send to mentors a copy of their CV and their IDP or brief career plan if desired.

Scholars’ Program Reception – 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Network and socialize with fellow scholars at the Scholars’ Program Reception and celebrate together the new knowledge you gained to advance your career during the first day of the Scholars’ Program.


Impact and Academic Success Panel – 8:00 am – 10:00 am

  • Translational Research: From Impact Factor to ImpactMonica Vavilala, MD, Professor, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine; Professor, Pediatrics, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine; Adjunct Professor, Neurological Surgery and Radiology, University of Washington; Director, Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center, Seattle, Washington
  • Diversity Fosters Impact and Academic SuccessNancy L. Ascher, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, Isis Distinguished Professor in Transplantation, Leon Goldman, MD Distinguished Professor in Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California; President, International Transplant Society
  • Healthcare Policy and the Impact on Anesthesiology ResearchKaren B. Domino, MD, MPH, Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Research, Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Adjunct Professor, Neurological Surgery, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; Alumni, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow, House Committee on Ways and Means
  • Building Dynamic Multidisciplinary ResearchMeghan Lane-Fall, MD, MSHP, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care, Hospital of University of Pennsylvania; Core Faculty, Center for Health Care Improvements and Patient Safety, Department of Medicine, Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Scholars’ Abstract Awards Session – 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Compete in front of your colleagues and a panel of expert judges for a $1,000 prize and the honor of being named Best Scholar Abstract Award Winner.

The Scholars’ Program is supported in part by the newly-formed early-Stage Anesthesiology Scholars (eSAS), a consortium of emerging academic anesthesiologists intended to foster mentorship, networking, and scientific collaboration among its members, and to support young professionals interested in research and an academic career in anesthesiology and related disciplines around the world.

This initiative has grown out of the recognition that parochialism, research silos, and a competitive funding environment have colluded to generate failures in the transition from early-career to mid-career clinician/scientist. This wastes enthusiasm, talent, and expertise, and prevents our specialty from reaching its full potential. early-Stage Anesthesiology Scholars (eSAS) seeks to provide expanded opportunities for peer and senior mentorship, improved visibility of the important research that early-career investigators are doing, and career development advice.

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