Research (C-STAR program)

Our department has traditionally had a strong basic science research program. In the past decade, it has emerged as one of the leading clinical research departments in the country. The mission of our Clinician-Scientist Translational Anesthesiology Research (C-STAR) program is to help prepare residents for a future career in academic anesthesiology by establishing a foundation for outstanding translation research in the fields of perioperative medicine, pain medicine and critical care.

Involvement in the C-STAR program is contingent upon clinical excellence demonstrated throughout the CA-1 year. Resident applicants are encouraged to identify interest in the C-STAR program early in their training in order to meet with research mentors, enter into the application process and complete a research plan while clinical excellence is being established. However, House Officer candidates will be assigned, based on their research interests, to a research mentor from the beginning of the CBY year.

Research mentors are chosen through a process that includes the candidate. Mentors come from the T-32 program, which may also facilitate transition to the C-STAR program upon graduation from residency. Mentors are responsible for mentorship and assessment of research milestones.  A list of mentors and their respective biographies can be downloaded, below.

Across the CA-2 and CA-3 years, the C-STAR resident will have six guaranteed months with call responsibility to accomplish their research plan. Continued call responsibility is considered important for development as a clinical anesthesiologist. Due to the diversity of research opportunities, the specifics of when these months are allocated will be decided on an individual basis. A list and description of the major research themes in the department can be found under the research tab.