FAER Sponsored Sessions at ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2020

September 1, 2020

We here at the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) hope you are as excited for ANESTHESIOLOGY 2020 as we are! Featuring the very latest developments in the specialty, FAER is proud to offer our own collection of high-quality sessions presented by experts in anesthesiology and research at this year’s meeting. We encourage you to join us for the sessions detailed below and we look forward to seeing you all at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2020.

Along with the content detailed below, don’t miss the Research Lounge at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2020, where you can connect with some of the greatest minds in anesthesiology. The Lounge offers the opportunity to network with leaders in the specialty, meet new industry partners, and participate in interactive research topic tables, including discussions led by members of the Academy of Research Mentors in Anesthesiology (ARMA) and Early-Stage Anesthesiology Scholars (eSAS).

PLEASE NOTE that this page may receive additional updates as we approach the beginning of ANESTHESIOLOGY 2020 and new information becomes available. Stay tuned to keep up to date on the latest information on FAER's presence at this year's meeting.

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Featured Lectures and Panels

20th Annual FAER-Helrich Research Lecture: Why is Pain Such a Tough Nut to Crack: A Mechanistic Perspective on our Emphasis upon Neuraxial Processing
Saturday, October 3
2 – 3 p.m. CT

Speaker: Tony Yaksh, PhD, MS, University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA

The FAER-Helrich Research Lecture recognizes outstanding scholarship by a scientist and is part of FAER’s ongoing effort to encourage early-career anesthesiologists and trainees to consider careers in research and teaching.

While neural system complexity grows, the Darwinian imperative of approach that which is good, avoid that which is bad is embedded in the neurologic organization of all organisms from single cell to mammal. This polarity remains encoded in neurological systems that underlie the construct of affect and such affect colors our perceptions of the world, whether driven by tissue injury or a learned association with life stress, making selective regulation of affect driven by injury vs learned associations (sight sound smell) a challenge if the target is the systems underlying affect.

Read the full lecturer announcement about Dr. Yaksh in the September issue of the ASA Monitor.

FAER Diversity Panel: Diversity in the Physician Scientist Workforce: Now and in the Future
Saturday, October 3
3 – 5 p.m. CT

Moderator: Daniel Cole, MD, FASA, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Substantial research has demonstrated that more diverse organizations and groups perform better on numerous measures, including creativity, problem-solving, and quality of science. Other research funding organizations, including the NIH, have examined diversity in their applicants and awardees and crafted programs to address national underrepresentation in the research workforce (Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering). This panel will discuss strategies the NIH has used to promote diversity, the results of a FAER initiative examining the state of diversity in the anesthesiology research workforce, strategies for expanding diversity research, and real life barriers to inclusion and equity in the research workforce.

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View FAER’s dedicated Diversity Panel Announcement.

Poster Presentations

Mentored Research Training Grant (MRTG) Poster Sessions
Saturday, October 3
10 – 11 a.m. CT
Noon – 1 p.m. CT


The FAER MRTG Poster Session will connect recipients of the 2018 - 2020 FAER MRTG and 2018 IARS Mentored Research Award (IMRA) with mentors in anesthesia research. During this session, grant recipients will present their research as well as network with their peers and mentors. A brief Q&A session will also follow each grantee’s poster presentation. Join this session to discuss research with FAER and IARS grantees and mentors from the FAER Academy of Research Mentors in Anesthesiology (ARMA).

Medical Student, Resident, and Mentor Sessions

FAER/eSAS: Roads to Research
Sunday, October 4
1 – 2 p.m. CT

Moderator: Kimberly F. Rengel, MD, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

This panel will describe entering a research career at different time-points throughout medical education and training. Three panelists will review their path to research including an MD/PhD, and two additional MD young investigators who started their research careers in medical school or residency. The goal is to meet each participant in the room at the place they are in their individual journeys. Panelist will also review resources and opportunities available including mentored research training grants, the T32 program, and K and R awards.

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FAER/eSAS: Navigating the Research Environment
Sunday, October 4
2 – 3 p.m. CT

Moderator: Michael C. Montana, MD, PhD, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

This panel will provide medical students and residents an overview of what the day-to-day life of a physician scientist looks like and how the featured young investigators balance clinical, research, and life obligations. Panelists will offer practical advice about how to get started, some of the benefits of doing research (i.e., loan repayment programs, national/international meetings and collaborations), and how to navigate the challenges that inevitably rise along the way).

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  • Student and Resident Research: Critical Cogs in the Big Machine
    Speaker: Tina L. Doshi, MD, MHS, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
  • Dr. Doshi will discuss the importance of students and residents in driving the biomedical research enterprise. She will provide specific examples from her career, from working as a research assistant in a synthetic chemistry lab, to designing clinical trials for post-operative pain, and her role in the development of a large scale, multi-center collaborative research project of novel analgesics. She will also discuss how the research skills gained as a trainee have developed and informed her current career as a clinical and translational pain researcher.

FAER/ARMA: Academy of Research Mentors in Anesthesiology Mentoring Session
Sunday, October 4
3 – 4 p.m. CT

Lead Speaker: Max B. Kelz, MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

This panel will provide insight for both trainees and mentors to highlight common traits inherent for successful academic growth as well as outlining potential pitfalls that impair advancement. If you’ve ever wondered what mentors expect of trainees or wished to become a better mentor yourself, this session run by two highly successful clinician scientists is geared specifically for you.

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