Selecting mentors: Scholars are encouraged to select mentors from the list of approved mentors in the Department of Anesthesiology or appropriate Vanderbilt mentors approved by the program leadership. An appropriate faculty mentor is one who has a sustained track record of extramurally-funded research and peer-reviewed publications as well as prior successful mentorship relationships.
Mentors should be chosen based on compatible research interests, interaction styles, and personality. Drs. Weinger and Pandharipande are available to assist scholars with the selection of a mentor who would best meet his or her individual needs. Once a scholar and mentor mutually agree to work together, a formal mentorship agreement must be completed. Scholars are required to meet with their mentors a minimum of once every month during the design, conduct, analysis, and publication preparation of their research project.
Research project: Valid projects can involve basic science, translational, clinical, educational or health services (e.g., quality of care) research. Once the scholars and their mentors have designed a research project, they must submit a written proposal to the Research Executive Committee as specified below. The research proposal should be submitted no later than the end of the CA2 year. Proposals requiring departmental funds and/or scholar-protected time should be submitted as early as possible in the CA-2 year, since both funding and protected time will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Research proposals will consist of the following sections and be limited to a maximum of 5 pages single-spaced (excluding references and budget) using 12-pt Times font or larger.
1. Title of project
3. Specific Aim(s) and Hypotheses
4. Background and Significance
5. Preliminary Results (if applicable)
6. Materials and Methods
7. Data Management and Analysis (if applicable)
8. Power Analysis (if applicable)
9. Anticipated Results and Interpretation (if applicable)
10. Anticipated Limitation of the Proposed Approach (and mitigation strategies)
11. Timeline (what will you do when?)
12. Personnel required (who, their role, percent effort, justification)
13. Human or Animal use information (who/what, how many, risks, etc.)
14. Plans for presentation, publication and subsequent sources of support (e.g., future grant applications)
16. Requested budget and budget justification
17. Requested protected time for the Scholar and justification.
Project budget: The budget should define all costs that will be necessary to complete the proposed project. Funds may be requested for supplies, equipment, analysis, and support services. Applications may include requests for support of the effort of the research mentor and/or critical collaborators or consultants. Scholars are encouraged to apply for non-departmental grants. These may include grants within the Institution and external funding sources (e.g., FAER or fellowship grants).