Penn State University

DEPARTMENT OF ANESTHESIOLOGY AND PERIOPERATIVE MEDICINE

RESIDENT ACADEMIC PROJECT PROGRAM

We successfully implemented a structured resident academic project program in our Department of Anesthesiology at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

Beginning with the graduating class of 2010, we adopted an expectation that each resident complete a project that results in a manuscript of publishable quality.

Defining a clear timeline for all steps in the project and providing research education, as well as the necessary infrastructure and ongoing support, has helped grow the academic productivity of our anesthesia residents.

(Eckert, J., S.J. Vaida, D. Bezinover, D.E. McCloskey, and B. Mets, The Resident Academic Project Program: A Structured Approach to Inspiring Academic Development During Residency Training. A A Case Rep, 2016. 6 : 95-9.) we provide a detailed description of our program.

In 2015, eleven residents have co-authored indexed publications

Five selective research programs in our department:

(Eckert, J., S.J. Vaida, D. Bezinover, D.E. McCloskey, and B. Mets, The Resident Academic Project Program: A Structured Approach to Inspiring Academic Development During Residency Training. A A Case Rep, 2016. 6 : 95-9.)

JOSEPH PRIESTLEY Research Scholarship in Anesthesia

The Joseph Priestley Scholarship in Anesthesia is designed to provide an opportunity for the Priestley Scholar to obtain knowledge and experience in research in preparation for a career in academic medicine.

ELIGIBILITY

This competitive 3 year scholarship will be awarded to one resident in the post-graduate year (PGY 1) academic class, based on the following: 1) application and research interest; 2) clinical and academic performance; and 3) personal interview. Demonstration of in-service training exam scores greater than the 50th percentile will also be a requirement for consideration for this scholarship.

The Priestley Scholar will, during the 3 year term:

The scholar, with the support of the mentor, may also apply for departmental funding through the Research Allocation Panel, for up to $15,000 per year for the research project.

Upon the successful completion of the scholarship program, the Priestley Scholar will become a member of the Penn State Hershey Joseph Priestley Society. This society will be a source of peer career advice and support, as well as a resource for Penn State Hershey Anesthesia Residents who wish to pursue a career in academic medicine. Members of the Priestley Society will be encouraged to share their early career experiences, by speaking at an Anesthesia Resident Graduation within 5 years of completion of their scholarship.

Successful completion of the Priestley Scholarship Program will significantly enhance the qualifications of the scholar to compete for an appointment in an academic Anesthesiology Department, including at Penn State Hershey, and begin a research career.