2022 Academic Giving Competition: An Overwhelming Success

December 14, 2022

For several years, FAER has considered the potential of a fun, friendly competition between academic anesthesiology departments as a means of raising funds. Gaining steam at FAER’s 2022 Development Retreat, this proposal crystalized into FAER’s first ever Academic Giving Competition (AGC). Lasting 11 days and centered around ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2022, the AGC saw 19 departments compete for first place in two categories: most funds raised; and most donors. Each “team” was led by volunteer captains committed to the future of anesthesiology research, promoting giving around the competition and keeping their respective departments informed.

The initial goal for the competition was $35,000, in keeping with fundraising results from previous annual meetings. Thanks to the incredible efforts of the Team Captains, FAER surpassed this goal before the annual meeting had even begun. The goal was then raised multiple times over the course of ANESTHESIOLOGY, with each increase met and surpassed by the outpouring of gifts from those looking to take home the trophy.

On the final day of the competition, FAER set a final goal of $135,000, a full $100,000 over the competition’s original goal. Even as the competition neared its end, giving was fast and furious. After the dust settled, the 19 teams had raised a staggering $165,000 thanks to 382 generous donors!

The competition was fierce, but two departments emerged victorious.

1st Place: Most Funds Raised

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Total Funds Raised: $25,146
Team Captains: Thomas J. Ebert, MD, PhD; Julie K. Freed, MD, PhD; Cynthia A. Lien, MD

“Participating in this competition and seeing people advocating for the future of our specialty in a fun, competitive way, made us incredibly proud to be physician-scientists in Anesthesiology. We really felt the competition created a needed energy amongst all Anesthesiologists and it was thrilling to have individuals contribute as first-time donors. We personally want to thank everyone, from all institutions, who donated during this initiative and a special thank you to those who recognized the amazing contributions of Drs. Stuth, Stucke, and Zuperku at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). Our department is honored to receive the FAER Academic Giving Campaign Award for most dollars raised and reflects our commitment to supporting the future of Anesthesiology.”
 - Thomas J. Ebert, MD, PhD; Julie K. Freed, MD, PhD; Cynthia A. Lien, MD

1st Place: Most Donors

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Total Donors: 55
Team Captain: Robert Maniker, MD, MSc

“The Columbia University Department of Anesthesiology is proud to accept the award for greatest number of donors in the first ever FAER Academic Giving Competition. Columbia is an enthusiastic supporter of FAER as well as a longstanding beneficiary of FAER support for academic research. The competition was a fun way to raise funds for FAER while also promoting FAER’s mission and its impact on our department.
“We have received 30 FAER grants over the past 40 years that have contributed immensely to both the individual careers of Columbia Faculty and to the greater mission of the department as a place for innovation, education, and research. Our goals and the FAER goals could not be better aligned!
“Thank you to all Columbia supporters who participated in the competition! Go Columbia and Go FAER!!”
 - Robert Maniker, MD, MSc

Along with celebrating the two winning departments, FAER would also like to give a special shoutout to the two runners-up:

Most Funds Raised Runner-Up: University of California, San Francisco
Team Captain: Catherine L. Chen, MD, MPH

Most Donors Runner-Up: University of Colorado
Team Captains: Vesna Jevtovic-Todorovic, MD, FASA; Steve Osswald, MBA

We hope you will join FAER in congratulating our winners and runners-up on their success. However, the true winners of this competition are the physician-investigators these funds will go towards supporting, and the patients who will one day benefit from the research these investigators produce.

To follow is a full list of all departments and Team Captains that took part in the inaugural Academic Giving Competition. On behalf of those the funds from this competition will benefit, FAER expresses its deepest, most profound thanks to everyone who helped make this competition such a wonderful success.

Institution & Department Team Captain(s)
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Danny Muehlschlegel, MD, MSc, FASA
Cleveland Clinic
Anesthesiology Institute
Andrea M. Kurz, MD
Columbia University
Department of Anesthesiology
Robert Maniker, MD
 Emory University
Department of Anesthesiology
Anna Woodbury, MD
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Roger A. Johns, MD, PhD, MHS
Cyrus D. Mintz, MD (David)
Medical College of Wisconsin
Department of Anesthesiology
Thomas J. Ebert, MD, PhD
Julie K. Freed, MD, PhD
Cynthia A. Lien, MD
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
Soban Umar, MD, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
Dawn Williams, MA
University of California, San Francisco
Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care
Catherine L. Chen, MD
University of Colorado
Department of Anesthesiology
 Vesna Jevtovic-Todorovic, MD, FASA
Steve Osswald, MBA
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
Department of Anesthesia
Dawn Dillman, MD
University of Michigan Medical School
Department of Anesthesiology
Chad M. Brummett, MD
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Department of Anesthesiology
Karsten Bartels, MD, MBA, PhD
University of Pennsylvania
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care
Deborah J. Culley, MD
University of Rochester Medical Center
Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
Raymond A. Zollo, MD
University of Utah School of Medicine
Department of Anesthesiology
Harriet W. Hopf, MD, FASA
Vanderbilt University
Department of Anesthesiology
Frederic T. Billings, IV, MD, PhD
Washington University in St. Louis
Department of Anesthesiology
Aaron Norris, MD, PhD
Dolores Njoku, MD
Yale School of Medicine
Department of Anesthesiology
Robert B. Schonberger MD, MHS, MHCDS

Visit FAER’s dedicated AGC website for more information on this year’s competition. If your department is interested in taking part in next year’s AGC, please contact FAER@faer.org. Additional invitations and information will be sent in 2023.

FAER is a related organization of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). For over 35 years, FAER has been dedicated to developing the next generation of physician-investigators in anesthesiology. Charitable contributions and support to FAER help fuel the future of anesthesiology through scientific discovery. Funding priorities include: Research, Education, and Training. At the time of this article's publication, FAER has awarded more than $53 million in research grants and programs since 1986. To donate to FAER, visit FAER.org/donate.

Curated by: BH

Last updated by: BH

Date of last update: December 14, 2022