The Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) focuses its efforts in clinical and educational research in line with our overall mission. Our aim is to impact patient safety, quality of medical care, and education. Therefore our research emphasizes critical questions about the medical care we practice in the operating room every day and strategies used to educate residents and attendings. Currently, the department has focuses on three broad areas: geriatric outcomes, simulation education, and clinical informatics. Each of these areas is championed by an experienced investigator capable and motivated to mentor young investigators. The research division is in a state of rapid growth, due to the retention of new and junior faculty. Simultaneously we are working to develop infrastructure to support existing investigators as they transition towards independent funding and mentor/leadership roles.
Eliasberg Research Track for Residents
Our goal as a department is to train leaders in the specialty of Anesthesiology, Pain and Perioperative Medicine. To support this goal, the Department founded the Eliasberg program in 2007, led by Dr. Sam DeMaria, as a way of providing the added mentorship, training, and non-clinical time needed for anesthesiology house staff to develop into strong academic anesthesiologists. Starting in the CA-1 year, 3-5 residents are accepted into the program, which includes the following:
- Annual stipend of $20,000
- Protected clinical time up to 9 months over the course of 3 years (CA1-3)
- Dedicated mentorship within the Department, but also externally, depending on their research focus
- Educational content, via online courses and bi-annual “retreats” with the entire Eliasberg cohort
- Travel time to present ongoing and completed work or to gain additional training and expertise
Since 2007, approximately 30 residents have completed the program. They have gone on to pursue academic careers and have to their credit NIH (and other) funding, numerous abstracts and presentations, and approximately 100 publications. Many have gone on to be leaders in their respective areas of interest at Mt. Sinai and at other institutions throughout the country.