University of Washington

The UW Anesthesiology department National Institutes of Health (NIH) sponsored T32 Anesthesiology Research Training Program offers remarkable opportunities to develop a research career within a very diverse range of interests in anesthesiology and pain medicine. The objective of the curriculum is to create a practical research experience that allows each trainee to answer a distinct research question involving anesthesiology and perioperative medicine under the tutelage of a committed, experienced research mentor. In order to gain the skills necessary to conduct research in anesthesiology, monthly program didactics offer a series of skill building workshops and research seminars. These didactics are intended to enhance scholarly presentation and publication of scientific work, to build knowledge of different research methodologies, and to provide practical skills to foster success in grant writing. There are four core elements of the curriculum, 1) experience in the mentor’s lab, 2) program didactics, 3) preparation of a research grant application, and 4) attendance at national meetings and inter-laboratory training.

Each trainee receives a minimum of two years of intensive research training (80% research commitment), with the opportunity to extend to a third training year. The T32 program provides trainees with interdisciplinary principles of scientific investigation, and methods pertinent to their research area. Our program spans basic, clinical, translational, population, and health services research through faculty mentorship and participation in didactics. Faculty mentors have been recruited from throughout the university within six major scientific areas including cardiovascular-pulmonary biology, clinical outcomes research and epidemiology, genome sciences and bioinformatics, neurosciences, pain, and pharmacology. The long-term goal of our program is to train clinician scientists who will be the future leaders in innovative research in academic anesthesiology. Tonya Palermo, Ph.D., Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, University of Washington is the Program Director. Margaret Sedensky, M.D., Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine serves as the Associate Program Director.