The Vanderbilt Department of Anesthesiology Clinician Scientist Training in Perioperative Science Fellowship is supported by a T32 funding mechanism. The fellowship prepares basic and physician scientists for the unique challenges accociated with the optimization of perioperative care. Fellows are offered training in four main areas of research below. (Click to learn more about each.)
Program Overview: The fellowship program funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) provides a two-year mentored research experience in one of the four areas listed above. While primarily geared toward anesthesiologists, the fellowship program is open to other individuals from other medical fields provided that the applicant demonstrates interest in the overall mission of the training program. The program recognizes the unique and compelling need to promote diversity in the clinical workforce, so we encourage applications from women, underrepresented minority physicians, and persons with disabilities.
Each of the four research themes directly relates to the overarching aim of the program – to train the next generation of scientists to create new knowledge and translate it into best evidence for personalized perioperative care and pain management at a population level. The training faculty consists of an exceptionally strong collection of physician-scientists and basic scientists who offer superb interdisciplinary research training opportunities in seven different academic departments at Vanderbilt.
The training program will accept two-three new trainees per year (maximum 6 participants per year) with ratios depending on availability: four clinicians and two PhDs or three clinicians and three PhDs. Clinicians who show exceptional aptitude for successfully pursuing an academic research career and PhD scientists who demonstrate the best aptitude to develop towards independence will be considered for participation. Each participant will commit to a two-year basic science, clinical and/or translational research project with 75% effort for clinicians and 100% effort for PhDs. In addition to their research project training, trainees will receive coursework instruction in research-related processes such as grant writing, publications, ethics, and responsible conduct of research. This training will prepare them to utilize the skills they acquire in the pursuit of future academic research careers.
Fellows supported by the program receive numerous benefits, including personalized mentorship and career development, research and educational support resources, and protected research time.
Selection Process: Applications are being accepted now for FY 2014-2015. For year two, fellowship support begins July 1, 2015 and applications should be submitted by January 1, 2015.