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August 1, 2013 Volume 77, Number 8
FAER Report: Encouraging Research During Residency Is Fundamental to Future Success; FAER’s Programs for Residents Expand Denham S. Ward, M.D., Ph.D., President and CEO, Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research


Although education and training are part of one’s entire career, residency represents the core. Residency training and all that it encompasses provide the foundation for a lifelong career of learning, advancement and success.


It is important to build on the education, clinical and research training residency programs provide through additional research training and grants, attending scientific and subspecialty meetings, and participating in academic and activities.


This is why FAER has several programs and opportunities dedicated to residents. Our goal is to provide residents with experiences that expose them to the latest scientific knowledge, and to provide funding that supports significant training in research techniques and scientific methods.


Traditionally, FAER has supported residents in two ways. One way is through the Research Fellowship Grant (RFG), a one-year, $75,000 award that provides protected time, resources and mentorship. The RFG allows residents and fellows to hit the ground running as they begin careers on faculty at academic institutions.




FAER has also supported residents through its Resident Scholar Program. Each year, approximately 60 residents attend the ASA annual meeting as FAER Resident Scholars. This program will expand to 80 residents in 2014.


A new way FAER is recognizing and supporting research excellence in residents is by providing prizes for the best scientific posters presented as regional resident research conferences. The conferences include the Midwest Anesthesia Residents Conference (MARC), the Pennsylvania Residents Research Conference (PARRC), the Western Anesthesia Residents Conference (WARC) and the Gulf Atlantic Anesthesia Residents’ Research Conference (GAARRC). In 2013, FAER provided poster awards to include MARC, PAARC and WARC. In 2014, FAER awards will also be presented at GAARRC. This kind of recognition is important early in a clinician-scientist’s career. The future of our specialty depends on the future innovations these individuals will make.




Midwest Anesthesia Residents Conference — FAER Prize Recipients

“The Midwest Anesthesia Residents Conference reaches a new high mark in its academic support with the institution of FAER’s awards for the best scientific abstracts. The MARC, which draws more than 400 attendees from 32 Midwestern resident programs each spring, is greatly appreciative of the financial support and academic recognition for the residents who receive these awards. Honoring residents’ academic achievements is the best way to encourage trainees to pursue academic careers.” – Kevin K. Tremper, M.D., Ph.D., University of Michigan, MARC representative


Congratulations to the 2013 FAER Award Winners at MARC.


Susanna Byram, M.D., Ph.D.

“Bupivacaine Increases Rates of Facial Motoneuron Death Following Axotomy”

Loyola University Medical Center

Category: Basic Science


Julianne Donnelly, M.D.

“Prevalence of Recommended Preoperative Medication Use in Patients with Coronary Artery Disease”

Washington University in St. Louis

Category: Patient Safety


Lee Anne Jasper, M.D.

“Simulation-based Training Induces Cognitive Bias: The Case of a Difficult Airway Curriculum”

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Category: Patient Safety


Eric Kamenetsky, M.D.

“A Comparison of Intravenous and Perineural Dexamethasone on Sciatic Nerve Blockade”

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Category: Regional


Richard Lennertz

“TRPA1 Mediates Mechanical Sensitization in Nociceptors During Inflammation”

Medical College of Wisconsin

Category: Pain


Michael Mathis, M.D.

“Patient Selection for Outpatient Surgery: Identifying Those at High Risk for Major Complications”

University of Michigan

Category: General


Spencer Menees, M.D.

“Does Preoperative Hemoglobin A1C Predict Postoperative Risk?”

Mayo Clinic

Category: General


Domagoj Mladinov, M.D.

“A Novel Physiological Role of MIR-192 in Renal Handling of Fluid Balance”

Medical College of Wisconsin

Category: Basic Science


Eli Musselman

“Anesthesiologists’ Ability to Estimate Blood Loss via Surveys Before and After a Teaching Module”

University of Iowa

Category: Quality Improvement


Sandeep Pillarisetty, M.D.

“Resveratrol Reduces Osteoarthritis and Osteoarthritis-Induced Pain in Mice”

Rush University Medical Center

Category: Basic Science


Eliot Wickliff, M.D.

“Pain Differentials Affecting Health Related Quality of Life Between Obese and Non-Obese Children Following Pediatric Emergency Room Visits”

Medical College of Wisconsin

Category: Pain


Tze Yeoh

“Anesthetic Implications for Patients with Di George Syndrome Undergoing Cardiac Surgery”

Mayo Clinic

Category: Cardiovascular




Pennsylvania Resident Research Conference – FAER Prize Recipients


“The more that residents can an opportunity to participate in research activities, and then have to articulate the question, experimental design, data collection, analysis and conclusions in a lively and supportive forum, the more the specialty of anesthesiology benefits. For without research, there is no specialty. The award support from FAER for these resident conferences is much appreciated encouragement to excel, a mindset essential to achieve success these days.” – Roderic G. Eckenhoff, M.D., University of Pennsylvania, PARRC representative


Congratulations to the 2013 PARRC award winners.


PARRC Original Research Oral Presentations


First Place: Julie Drobish, M.D.

“Effects of Volatile Anesthetics on Neuronal Migration in the Developing Rat Brain”

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Mentor: Maryellen F. Eckenhoff, Ph.D.


Second Place: Keith Vogt, M.D., Ph.D.

“Temporal Dynamics of the Blood Oxygen-Level Dependent Functional MRI Signal in Response to Painful Electric Nerve Stimulation of Short and Long Duration”

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Mentor: James W. Ibinson, M.D., Ph.D.


Third Place: Emmanuel Edson, M.D.

“The QTc Effect of Low-Dose Methadone for Chronic Pain: A Pilot Study”

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Mentor: Michael Ashburn, M.D.




PARRC Original Research Poster Presentations


First Place: W. Jonathan Dunkman, M.D.

“Institutional Experience with Paravertebral Catheters”

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Mentor: Scott A. Falk, M.D.


Second Place: Gregory T. Simmons, M.D.

“Effect of Cost Awareness on the Utilization of Laryngeal Mask Airway Among Anesthesiology Residents”

Hahneman University Hospital, Drexel University College of Medicine

Mentor: Michael Green, D.O.


Third Place: Jordan E. Goldhammer, M.D.

“Correlation of Preoperative and Postoperative Kidney Function and Outcomes in Cardiac Surgery Patients”

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Mentor: Jian-Zhong Sun




Western Anesthesia Resident Conference – FAER Prize Recipients


“The Western Anesthesia Resident Conference is enthusiastic regarding the new collaboration with FAER. WARC 2013, hosted by the University of New Mexico Department of Anesthesiology, appreciated the new firm commitment by FAER to encourage resident scholarly works by providing monetary awards. … This ongoing positive relationship is being passed to the 2014 WARC hosted by Cedars Sinai.” – Hugh Martin, M.D., University of New Mexico, WARC representative.


Congratulations to the 2013 FAER award winners at WARC.


WARC Oral Presentations


First Place: Tiffany Hadley

“Anti-neutrophil Antibody Enhances the Neuroprotective Effects of G-CSF by Decreasing Neutrophile Mobilization in Hypoxic Ischemic Neonatal Rat Model”

Loma Linda University


Second Place: Jeffrey Lee, M.D.

“Determining a nociceptive transcriptome by ‘Deep Sequencing’ (RNA-Seq) analysis of sensory ganglia from Sp4+/- heterozygote mice”

University of California San Francisco


Third Place: Ronak Raval

“Decreased surgical bleeding in Sprague Dawley rats pretreated with Cotalus atrox venum”

Loma Linda University


WARC Research-based Posters


First Place: Nathaniel Greene, M.D.

“Variation in Pediatric Brain Injury Outcomes in the United States”

University of Washington


Second Place: Jina Sinskey, M.D.

“Five Years of Experience with Intrathecal Catheter Placement in Obstetrics: Rates of Post Dural Puncture Headache and Blood Patch”

University of California San Francisco


Third Place: O. Almeida-Hunt

“Estimating Distance to the Epidural Space in Obese Parturients: The use of ultrasound to facilitate resident training”

University of California Los Angeles Harbor



Denham S. Ward, M.D., Ph.D. is President and CEO, Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research, and Emeritus Professor of Anesthesiology and Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York.


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