Resident Research Track
The Resident Research Track was formulated in 2009 with the goal to train and develop select Anesthesiology Residents for careers as clinician-scientists. While scholarly activity is included in the curriculum for all of our residents, those who are part of the Resident Research Track benefit from additional protected time and mentorship in order to achieve a higher level of research activity. The Department and University have well established resources aimed at developing clinician researchers. Applicants with all level of experience (high school science project to already having completed a PhD) are encouraged to enquire about this track.
Past Research Track Residents
I chose the anesthesiology program at the University of Rochester, because the department was committed to my development both as an anesthesiologist and as a researcher. The entire department has worked to ensure that I have both the time and the resources necessary to continue my research training during residency. In addition, they have provided me with multiple levels of support to guarantee that this added educational facet would not detract from my clinical experience.
I am currently working under the direction of Dr. Mike Eaton investigating potential new therapeutics that could substitute for heparin during cardiopulmonary bypass, especially in patients suffering from Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia. I have had the opportunity to present my research work at the annual meetings for both the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists and the American Society of Anesthesiologists.
Finally, the department and the city of Rochester have provided me with an environment in which I can pursue my interests as a clinician and a researcher, while also having the time necessary to fulfill my roles of wife and mother to my 3-year-old son.
After completing a Master of Science degree at the Imperial College in London and having acquired an excellent foundation in research methodology and basic sciences, I planned to transition into a career in academic anesthesiology. I chose the University of Rochester's anesthesiology program because it represents a perfect balance of world class clinical training and protected research time. The main highlights of the program for me are the individualized support, as well as the dedication and encouragement of the department which will allow me to make a successful transition into academia.
Under the mentorship of Dr. Paul Brookes, I have been involved in investigating the efficacy of established and novel drugs on the response of isolated perfused rat hearts to ischemia-reperfusion injury with events focused at molecular level on the mitochondrial ATP sensitive K+ channel. The results of my research work thus far, have allowed me the opportunity to present at the International Anesthesia Research Society Annual Meeting as well as the Critical Care Canada Forum, where I won the prize for the best basic/translational science poster. I would strongly recommend this program to anyone with a serious interest in medical research and a desire for comprehensive clinical training.