Columbia University Health Sciences

The Columbia University Apgar Scholars Program affords individuals a flexible specialized educational program to pursue the goal of a career in academic medicine. This education is supplemental to the clinical training that occurs during residency and reflects the recognition that preparing for a career in academic medicine requires undertaking fellowship training in an anesthesiology subspecialty and/or research training. To successfully complete that training and most importantly, to successfully transition from a residency position to a faculty position requires a commitment on the part of both the trainee and the training department. The Apgar Scholars Program provides the opportunity to supplement residency training with training in the skills required for launching an academic career. This is accomplished with carefully designed mentoring and research opportunities during residency and fellowship training.

The goal of Anesthesiology NIH T32 Research Training Grant is to develop clinician-scientists who will be leaders in the field of anesthesiology research. Training grant fellows develop their skills and expertise to explore research problems relevant to anesthesiology. Participants are paired with mentors representing clinician-scientists as well as basic scientists from a variety of disciplines throughout the Columbia University Medical Center community. Research is conducted in basic science, clinical science, health services research and epidemiology. Most, but not all, of our trainees are recruited directly from our highly competitive residency program and Apgar Scholars program. These trainees are expected to spend at least 2 years and a minimum of 80% effort devoted to research. During the first year on the T32 training grant physician-scientists are clinical fellows one day per week in the operating rooms. During the second year on the T32, trainees assume clinical attending responsibilities as an Assistant Attending. This allows trainees to progress to the attending level in their clinical responsibilities while still retaining 80% of their professional time for research.