The Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) has a long and rich history of clinical and educational research focused on perioperative outcomes, clinical informatics, patient safety, quality of medical care, simulation, and provider education. We investigate critical questions about how we practice and the strategies used to educate residents and attendings. Each of our research areas is championed by experienced investigators who are both capable of and motivated to mentor young researchers. The research division is currently in a state of rapid growth, as we recruit new faculty members and renew support for existing faculty members committed to the research mission. We are developing and maturing infrastructure to support investigators as they transition to independent funding and mentor/leadership roles. This infrastructure includes a robust perioperative data warehouse, a global research protocol that covers most retrospective studies, and dedicated support staff including clinical coordinators and research managers. We have partnerships and collaborations with researchers across the medical school including the Departments of Medicine, Psychiatry, and Genomics and Genetic Sciences.
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 the Vice Chairman for Research, Dr. Sam DeMaria, as a way of providing the added mentorship, training, and non-clinical time needed for anesthesiology trainees to develop into strong academic anesthesiologists. Starting in the CA-1 year, 3-5 residents are accepted into the program, which includes the following benefits:
- Annual stipend of $20,000
- Protected clinical time up to 9 months over the course of 3 years (CA 1-3)
- Dedicated mentorship within the Department, but also externally, depending on the 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
Approximately 30 residents have completed the program since inception. They have gone on to pursue academic careers and have to their credit NIH and society 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.