Stanford University School of Medicine

The objective of Stanford’s Anesthesia Training Program in Biomedical Science is to train leaders in academic anesthesia. To accomplish this goal our department recognizes that training beyond what is involved in obtaining an MD or PhD is required. This training program provides the essential guidance, training, and mentoring critical to increasing the success of these trainees in launching their careers in academic anesthesia research. Trainees must learn to pose important and well thought out questions, to think critically, and to use cutting edge interdisciplinary tools to answer these questions. Success also requires the development of skills in presentation of results in oral and written format, in the preparation of competitive grant proposals, and in the ability to engage in collaboration when this will more effectively advance the research.

The training program starts by recruiting the most talented trainees from MD/PhD, MD and PhD applicants interested in pursuing a career in anesthesia research and academic anesthesia. Trainees then select a primary and secondary research mentor to support and closely monitor their progress. Regular interaction with accomplished faculty is essential to master these skills, and this is at the core of the training program. These interactions are supplemented by didactic material, and in the case of clinical research, may be augmented by a master's degree in epidemiology or health science research. Fellows also participate in a regular dinner seminar series facilitating cohesion amongst the trainees.

Administratively the program consists of a director, steering committee, and a group of 18 highly skilled and successful training faculty from the anesthesia department and 8 other departments within the medical school. The trainees benefit from already established interactions among many of the faculty members. This structure aids in teaching trainees new technologies and approaches to the ever broadening questions facing anesthesia research. The faculty is divided into three overarching areas: 1) Omics: a systems approach to disease, 2) lnflammation, Signaling, and Tissue Injury, and 3) Mechanisms of Anesthesia and Addiction. Some faculty participate in more than one area. Four total fellows are supported by the program with fellows generally receiving two year appointments.