Dean’s Initiative Created to Support Junior Anesthesiology Faculty

Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD, Dean of the University of Minnesota Medical School, recently announced the beginning of an initiative to promote academic research, education and quality improvement projects for Medical School faculty members. The Dean gave a financial award to each department in the Medical School to provide concrete guidance and support for faculty who would like to accomplish their academic goals with fewer barriers to help them do so.

The Medical School’s Department of Anesthesiology used this award from the Dean to invite junior faculty members (assistant professors only) to submit their applications and proposals to receive additional hours of free time, outside of the clinic, to relieve a barrier all new faculty seem to face: a lack of time. Between their educational and clinical work, junior faculty often do not have time for the academic projects they would like to pursue. 

Their applications were then reviewed in detail by a review group within the Department of Anesthesiology, and the awardees were chosen. The department used the award to hire outside clinicians as additional support to assist the awardees with their clinical work, so they could dedicate those clinical hours to their academic, educational or quality improvement projects. 

Awardees in the department have selected a senior faculty member as a mentor for their project. Projects are expected to begin in January 2020, and awardees will present their first progress report in the Spring of 2020.

This is the first academic anesthesiology department in the country that was given an award by the Dean to use as seed capital to support junior faculty projects. See the awardees and their project titles below and look for updates on these projects in future communications.

Krithika Anand, MD, Assistant Professor

Dr. Anand

Academic Development Project: Development of a 3D Printed Airway Device

Cole Bennett, MD, Assistant Professor

Dr. Bennett

Academic Development Project: Anesthetic Considerations for Reduction in Postoperative Infection Rate in Kidney Transplant Recipients

Aaron Berg, DO, Assistant Professor

Dr. Berg

Academic Development Project: Will Negative Phrasing Create a Nocebo Effect during Epidural Placement Compared to Positive Phrasing; A single Blinded, RCT

James Flaherty, MD, Assistant Professor

Dr. Flaherty

Academic Development Project: Paravertebral Block to Reduce the Incidence of New Onset Atrial Fibrillation after Cardiac Surgery: A Prospective Multi-Institutional Randomized Controlled Study

Roy Kiberenge, MD, Assistant Professor

Dr. Kiberenge

Academic Development Project: Utilizing Vascular Waveform Characteristics to Assess Volume Status

Wendy Nguyen, MD, Assistant Professor

Dr. Wendy Nguyen

Academic Development Project: Validation and Use of an Induction of General Endotracheal Anesthesia Checklist Assessment for. Medical Students during their Introductory Anesthesiology Clerkship

Sudarshan Setty, MD, Assistant Professor

Dr. Setty

Academic Development Project: Ultrasound Machine for Research and Education 

Anna Swenson, MD, Assistant Professor

Dr. Swenson

Academic Development Project: Thromboelastography Versus Platelet Count to Evaluate Fitness for Lumbar Puncture in Bone Marrow Transplant and Stem Cell Transplant Recipients

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