Health Care Sustainability Science: The Next Frontier for Clinician Scientists in Anesthesiology

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ASA Monitor


For over 30 years, the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) has been dedicated to developing the next generation of physician-scientists in anesthesiology. Funding mechanisms span medical students, residents, fellows and early career faculty members. FAER Research Fellowship Grants (RFG), Mentored Research Training Grants (MRTG), Research in Education Grants (REG) and Transition to Independence Grants (TIG) support anesthesiologists to develop the skills and gather the preliminary data they need to become independent, federally funded investigators in basic science, clinical, translational, health services and education research. An important decision when embarking on a research career is the selection of a focused research area. Choosing research questions that are personally inspiring and are recognized as important by the specialty and funding agencies is an important first step. An emerging field of research that has broad impact across multiple disciplines and will be increasingly valued by funding agencies is the environmental and public health impact of anesthetic practice. In turn, this area of study is part of a larger discipline: health care sustainability research.


Environmental Stewardship