SAAAPM Contributes to FAER and IARS

In 2015 SAAAPM donated $75,000 each to IARS and FAER to create partnerships to fund research on education topics. The donation to each organization is linked to those organizations also designating an identical amount of money for the same effort, doubling the value of our donation. Each organization has agreed to brand these funding mechanisms to recognize SAAAPM for its support on their website, annual report and to the grant recipients. The SAAAPM Council appreciates the willingness of FAER and IARS to use their own review and administrative infrastructure to identify the best recipients for these funding opportunities.


(View FAER Announcement)
The recipients of the 2015 FAER and SAAAPM co-sponsored Research in Education Grants include:

Meredith Adams, MD
Medical College of Wisconsin
Creation and validation of an anesthesiology pain educational app: Delivering ABA pain content to the millennial learner
Mentor: Thomas J. Ebert, MD, PhD

Dr. Adams’s research will assess whether using an app to transform core pain-domain knowledge into smaller elements and solidifying mastery of this material using testing with novel gamification techniques will improve engagement, learning and performance. Ultimately, the project aims to create a curated mobile educational app to support learners in building their pain knowledge.

Robert B. Maniker, MD
Columbia University
Validation of an objective, practical and real-time assessment of regional anesthesia procedural skills
Mentor(s): Boyd Richards, PhD, Charles W. Emala, MS, MD

Dr. Maniker’s research will provide anesthesia programs with a standardized instrument to document evidence of milestone achievement and allow early identification of trainees who fall below threshold performance levels. Future studies will aim to validate additional milestone assessment tools and evaluate the effect of their widespread implementation on educational outcomes.

Glenn Woodworth, MD
Oregon Health & Science University
Trajectory, predictive value and significance of milestone achievement during anesthesiology training
Mentor(s): Patricia A. Carney, PhD, Nicole M. Deiorio, MD

Dr. Woodworth’s research will provide insights into the utility of the milestones developed for the 25 anesthesiology sub-competencies, lay the foundation for anesthesia residency programs to implement strategies to take action to correct substandard performance, and provide valuable information in the continuing evolution of the milestones project.


(View IARS Announcement)
The SAAAPM-IARS Research Grant will be awarded in 2016.