The University of Washington Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine offers a program of research fellowship through an institutional grant (National Research Service Award T32 GM086270) to develop clinician-scientists at the postdoctoral level of training. As such it offers remarkable opportunities to develop a research career within a very diverse range of interests. Mentors have been recruited from throughout the university, and represent a very broad spectrum of research interests. The long term goal of our program is to train clinician scientists who will be the future leaders in innovative research in academic anesthesiology.
The specific aims of this training program are to:
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, 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:
Each trainee will receive a minimum of two years of intensive research training, with the opportunity to extend to a third training year. While the experience in the mentor’s laboratory is intended to provide practical research instruction in the specific area of interest within anesthesiology and perioperative medicine, the additional program curriculum will extend research training as detailed below. Exposure to research mentors from different disciplines through program didactics is an important aspect of our unique research training environment.
Our T32 training requires a commitment on the part of the applicant to actively engage in two to three years of rigorous training in an area of his/her choosing, under the tutelage of an NIH funded mentor. The fellow is afforded the opportunity to work with a world class researcher from the large community of scientists within the University of Washington. Applicants are guided through the choice of a mentor by the core research leaders and program directors. Participating faculty come from both within the Department of Anesthesiology (See UW Anesthesiology Faculty Research Labs) as well as from 15 different departments at UW.
Approximately 50 faculty have agreed to participate in the training program. The six core research areas and the corresponding research leader for each area is listed below.
Core Research Leader
|Number Participating Faculty|
|Cardiovascular-Pulmonary Biology||Rong Tian, MD, PhD, Professor of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine||13|
|Clinical Outcomes Research & Epidemiology||Monica Vavilala, MD, Professor, Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine||13|
|Genome Sciences & Bioinformatics||Margaret Sedensky, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine||12|
|Neurosciences||Phil Morgan, MD, Professor of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine, Director, Program in Mitochondrial Biology||8|
|Pain||Tonya Palermo, PhD, Professor of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine||8|
|Pharmacology||Charles Chavkin, PhD, Allan and Phyllis Treuer Professor of Pharmacology, Director, Center for Drug Addiction Research||6|
Trainees participate in T32 program didactics once a month. Program didactics are open to current trainees, T32 alumni, other departmental postdoctoral fellows, and research faculty and staff. The schedule rotates between four seminars:
We presently meet monthly on Fridays from 2 to 4 p.m. See the 2014-15 Didactic schedule [click here to download].
Dr. Tonya Palermo is Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at University of Washington with adjunct appointments in Pediatrics and Psychiatry. Dr. Palermo has served as the Program Director of the T32 Anesthesiology Postdoctoral Research Training Program since 2012. She also directs the Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Pain Research. Dr. Palermo is an Associate Editor for the Clinical Journal of Pain and for the Journal of Pediatric Psychology. Dr. Palermo serves on the Executive Boards of Division 54 of the American Psychological Association and of the American Pain Society. Dr. Palermo serves as a regular member of an NIH study section, Behavioral Medicine Interventions and Outcomes. Dr. Palermo has a NIH-funded research program in innovations in pediatric pain and sleep research. She is specifically interested in cognitive-behavioral treatment, delivery of psychological treatment via the internet, treatment of insomnia, and the influence of parent and family factors. She has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles and a book on cognitive-behavioral therapy for chronic pain in children and adolescents. Learn about the focus of her lab here.
Dr. Margaret Sedensky, MD is Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine and has served as the Associate Program Director of the T32 Program since 2008. Her laboratory is located at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute and uses genetic approaches in the nematode C. elegans to investigate molecular mechanisms of volatile anesthetic action. Dr. Sedensky has established that specific cellular and mitochondrial membrane proteins are crucial in controlling the sensitivity of C. elegans to volatile anesthetics. She has now extended these findings in mammals, and is pursuing a mouse model relating mitochondrial disease to behavior in volatile anesthetics. Her laboratory has nearly three decades of NIH funding in basic science and translational studies. Dr. Sedensky has trained numerous students in her laboratory, including PhD genetics graduate students as well as MD/PhD students, post-docs, and medical fellows. She has trained K awardees, and many students now hold academic positions both in the US and abroad. She is a member of the FAER Academy of Research Mentors in Anesthesiology, and has been a member of the AUA for over 20 years. Learn about the focus of her lab here.
Dr Cornelius (Neels) Groenewald is an attending anesthesiologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital and an acting assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, in 2002. He completed his anesthesiology residency at Mayo Clinic, Minnesota and pediatric anesthesiology and pain medicine fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital. His research interests include pain, quality of life and activity limitations after major surgery and critical illness in children; and economic costs of chronic pain.
Dr. Vijay Krishnamoorthy is an is an acting assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine and an attending anesthesiologist in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at Harborview Medical Center. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at University of Illinois Medical Center and fellowships in critical care medicine, pain management, and transesophageal echocardiography at University of Illinois Medical Center. His research is focused on outcomes after traumatic brain injury (TBI) including a prospective study to evaluate the incidence and consequences of cardiac dysfunction after traumatic brain injury. Furthermore, he is also pursuing an MPH in Epidemiology at the University of Washington.
Dr. Nita Khandelwal is an acting assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine and an attending anesthesiologist in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at Harborview Medical Center. She completed her residency in anesthesiology at Northwestern University in Chicago and her fellowship in critical care medicine and MSc in pharmacoeconomics at the University of Washington. Her research focuses on the economics of critical illness and the economics of end-of-life care.
We have three positions annually on the training grant for T32 fellows. The T32 fellowship guarantees 80% protected time to the trainee to pursue research. The stipend for salary is commensurate with previous training using the NIH salary scale. Most trainees maintain a one day per week commitment to clinical work (maximum 20% overall effort) as an attending.
All trainees, in accordance with NIH regulations, must be citizens of the U.S. or a permanent resident of the U.S., i.e., holding an Alien Registration Receipt Card. Our T32 program and the University of Washington encourages applications from under-represented minorities, from people with disabilities, as well as from people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Applicants must have received an M.D. or comparable degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Preference is given to board eligible anesthesiologists who wish to pursue training in research at the end of their residency that is relevant to their clinical interests.
Applicants must complete: an application form; a short description of research interests and career goals that outlines a proposed course of future research, a CV, and three letters of recommendation.
We anticipate openings for the 2015-16 training year. Check back in spring 2015 for further details.
Program Directors, T32 Research Fellowship
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