June 14, 2021

The Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) is excited to share the sessions we have planned for ANESTHESIOLOGY 2021 in San Diego this October. This year will feature the return of our Day for New Researchers, offered in cooperation with the Early-Stage Anesthesiology Scholars (eSAS), as well as the Swimming with Sharks program, which FAER has teamed with AngelMD to provide in 2021. We encourage you to join us for the sessions detailed below and we look forward to seeing you all at ANESTHESIOLOGY 2021.

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*Please note that the information below is subject to change. Check back regularly to stay up to date on the latest news.

Featured Lectures and Panels

FAER Swimming with Sharks
Saturday, October 9 | 1:15 – 2:45 p.m. PDT | San Diego Convention Center, FAER’s Booth in the Exhibit Hall
Sunday, October 10 | 10 – 11:30 a.m. PDT | San Diego Convention Center, FAER’s Booth in the Exhibit Hall

Moderator: Steven L. Shafer, MD

This year’s Swimming with Sharks sessions are provided in cooperation with AngelMD.

Anesthesiology has a long history of innovation, entrepreneurship, and close interactions between academicians, private practitioners, and industry to bring new concepts to the clinical arena and better care for our patients.  Using an entertaining format of Shark Tank, this session will present anesthesiologists with ideas for innovations to a panel of experts involved in developing such innovations to market in order to educate the audience regarding the multiple steps involved in the process and provide resources for those who hope to advance the practice through innovation.

There will be two Swimming with Sharks sessions at the event: one for very early-stage startups (back of the napkin ideas/conceptual/pre-seed stage) and one for startups that are seed stage and beyond (ie series A).

Applications to present at Swimming with Sharks are open through July 30, 2021. Visit FAER.org/Sharks to apply.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Education Research but Were Afraid to Ask: A Play-Book for Career Success
Monday, October 11 | 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. PDT | San Diego Convention Center, Room Upper 8

Lead Speaker: May C. Pian-Smith, MD, MS


Advances in our specialty have historically depended on advances in scientific understanding, critical evaluation of the new in the clinical arena, and then application of the new knowledge. Rigorous methodologies should also be applied to innovations in education. Studying and advancing how we teach and learn is essential for excellence and promotion in anesthesiology. 

For anesthesiologists, the path to success in education research has not been as well developed as for basic science or clinical research.  In this interactive panel session, attendees will learn how rigorous qualitative and quantitative methods can be applied to study learning and how our work addressing educational challenges can be channeled into rigorous scholarly projects. The presentation will include strategies for creating a clear research question and submitting a winning grant proposal.  Additionally, tips and strategies for getting your work published will be highlighted as well as how to leverage education research scholarship into a sustainable, successful career focus.

Learning objectives for this panel include the ability to:

  • Identify two ways to approach and strengthen education projects with rigorous methodology, including at least two qualitative techniques.
  • List two elements journal editors are looking for in the realm of education research, including keys to success and pitfalls to avoid.
  • Identify at least two strategies that can be applied for successful grant writing and for a rewarding education career.

21st Annual FAER-Helrich Research Lecture: Crisis and Opportunity in Clinical Trials
Monday, October 11 | 1:15 – 2:15 p.m. PDT | San Diego Convention Center, Room Upper 20ABC

Lecturer: Daniel I. Sessler, MD

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.

Postoperative mortality is anesthesia's greatest challenge. In the context of solving that and other problems facing our specialty, Dr. Sessler will present novel and trending methods that make trials more efficient.

Learning objectives for this lecture include the ability to:

  • Discuss the relative risks of intraoperative and postoperative mortality.
  • Describe novel and trending trial designs including composite and factorial outcomes, and cross-over cluster approaches.

FAER Panel: Modified Consent and Interpretation of Clinical Trials
Monday, October 11 | 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. PDT | San Diego Convention Center, Room Upper 20D

Lead Speaker: Dolores Njoku, MD


The first part of the panel will focus on understanding and presenting uncertainly about study results. The second part will address modified and waived consent which is usually necessary for cluster trials, an increasing used and powerful trial design approach.

Learning objectives for this lecture include the ability to:

  • Calculate the Fragility Index of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and interpret the Fragility Index in relation to loss to follow-ups as well as evaluating the robustness of RCT results using the Fragility Index, both for positive and negative trials.
  • List the reasons why high impact journals insist that authors reporting 95% confidence intervals, interpret the clinical significance of 95% confidence intervals, and identify the strengths and limitations of both frequentist and Bayesian analyses and be able to interpret results from derived Bayesian analyses.
  • Differentiate between modified and waived consent, identify when modified/waived trial consent is justified, including the preconditions that must be met before these approaches are legally and ethically defensible, and list the characteristics of trials most likely to be granted modified/waived consent.

FAER: Defining the Academic Future: ARCs Recommendations for Anesthesiology’s Physician Scientist Pipeline
Monday, October 11 | 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. PDT | San Diego Convention Center, Room Upper 26AB

Lead Speaker: Max B. Kelz, MD, PhD


Created by the ASA, IARS, and FAER, the mission of the Anesthesia Research Council (ARC) is to advance scientific discovery and health care policy through the development and dissemination of research in anesthesiology, perioperative, and pain medicine.  This 60-minute panel will highlight the ARC’s inaugural project to evaluate and benchmark anesthesiology’s research pipeline against comparable medical specialties, providing a comprehensive data-driven analysis along with strategic recommendations to protect and nurture Anesthesiology’s culture of scientific inquiry and advancement.

Learning objectives for this panel include the ability to:

  • Gain insight into the challenges facing science inquiry in anesthesiology as compared to peer medical specialties.
  • Identify factors associated with successful development of physician scientists in anesthesiology and markers where early intervention can mitigate trainee struggles.
  • Discuss how diversity in the pipeline and factors that may differentially affect underrepresented groups.
  • Review the most recent strategic recommendations issued by ARC’s first working group designed to strengthen anesthesiology’s physician scientist workforce.

A Day for New Researchers

FAER/eSAS: Communicating Science to Maximize Impact When Speaking with Non-Researchers
Sunday, October 10 | 8 – 9 a.m. PDT | San Diego Convention Center, Room Upper 20D

Lead Speaker: Michael Montana, MD, PhD

The session will start with a 15-20 minute overview of how to communicate effectively with non-researchers when talking about complex scientific research.

The learning objective for this session is the ability to:

  • Discuss and refine one's ability to describe one's research activities succinctly and compellingly to a non-research audience.

FAER/eSAS: Career Options for Anesthesia Researchers
Sunday, October 10 | 9 – 10 a.m. PDT | San Diego Convention Center, Room Upper 20D

Lead Speaker: Catherine Chen, MD


The purpose of this panel is to describe various career options for academic anesthesiologists. Three panelists will review their path to where they are today, with emphasis on quality improvement, basic science and clinical research, leadership, and education paths to successful academic anesthesiology careers.

Learning objectives for this session include the ability to:

  • Describe the different types of career opportunities available to academic anesthesiologists.
  • Identify the research opportunities that exist regardless of one's chosen academic career track.

FAER/eSAS: Keys to Success as an Academic Anesthesiologist
Sunday, October 10 | 10 – 11 a.m. PDT | San Diego Convention Center, Room Upper 20D

Lead Speaker: Jamie R. Privratsky, MD, PhD


The purpose of this panel is to give 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, etc.) and how to navigate the challenges that inevitably rise along the way. Opportunities to engage in research and training pathways that include research will be described.

Learning objectives for this session include the ability to:

  • Describe ways for medical students and residents to balance research careers with clinical practice and home life.
  • Identify funding opportunities and team-building tips for small and large-scale projects.
  • Identify structured pathways into an anesthesia research career.

FAER/eSAS/ARMA Sponsored Mentoring Session
Sunday, October 10 | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. PDT | San Diego Convention Center, Room Upper 20D

Lead Speaker: Cynthia A. Wong, MD


This 60-minute panel will provide insight for aspiring and developing physician scientists.  The panel will provide attendees with sage tips for the successful growth of an academic mission 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 FAER Academy of Research Mentors session run by highly successful clinician scientists is geared specifically for you.  A major highlight of this panel is the opportunity for the audience to ask our panelists individualized questions and benefit from the collective wisdom of decades of experience.

Learning objectives for this session include:

  • Gaining insight into successful strategies for launching a physician scientist career in anesthesiology from highly experienced, NIH-funded mentors.
  • Identifying how to maximize the mentor mentee relationship and clarify common misperceptions about the mentor-mentee relationship.
  • Achieving a better understanding of the common challenges facing anesthesiology’s physician-scientists.

Sunday, October 10 | 1 – 4:30 p.m. PDT | San Diego Convention Center, Room Upper 20D

Lead Moderators:

The FAER Medical Student and Resident Research Symposium brings together FAER sponsored medical students and residents to present their research projects conducted in anesthesiology departments across the nation. Medical students have been directly supported by FAER for a summer-long research experience at their own or another medical university and both students are residents are required to present scholarly activity projects with strong preference for original research. Students and residents will be together for more effective networking and mentoring opportunities among young trainees in order to better expose them to major research topics in advancing the field of anesthesiology.

FAER is a related organization of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). For 35 years, FAER has been dedicated to developing the next generation of physician-scientists in anesthesiology. Charitable contributions and support to FAER help fuel the future of anesthesiology through scientific discovery. Funding priorities include: Research, Education, and Training. FAER has awarded over $49 million in research grants and programs since 1986. To donate to FAER, visit FAER.org/donate.