Applicants to our residency program have the option to apply for our Clinician Scientist Track. This five-year track, which will integrate research with clinical training, will start as a one-year categorical internship, continue as a three-year residency and end with an additional year focused on research.

Mission

The mission of the Clinician Scientist Track is to train future clinician scientists and leaders in research. We aim to:

  • Provide a solid foundation in research methodology
  • Develop a productive research career during training
  • Produce clinician scientists of the highest caliber

Features of Clinician Scientist Track

The Clinician Scientist Track will be individualized and created by the residency program and the Center for Anesthesia Research Excellence (CARE) and will feature the following:

  • Identification of research focus, appropriate mentorship from within, as well as Harvard Catalyst and MIT resources
  • Intensive mentoring
  • Research time:
    • One month research elective as a PGY-1
    • 18 months for research time over PGY-3-5 years
  • Salary stipend: $15,000/year starting in the PGY-2 (CA-1) year
  • Benefits:
    • Two-week introduction to research course as a PGY-1 or PGY-2
    • Statistics and grant writing Catalyst courses
    • Online Catalyst coursework
    • Program in Clinical Effectiveness (PCE) course at the School of Public Health
    • If coming into T32 track following residency, option to negotiate for further School of Public Health coursework that is relevant to the area of study

CARE Resources

Founded in 2014, the Center for Anesthesia Research Excellence (CARE) is a one-stop shop for research that brings together the resources in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine. CARE is led by a medical director of research and consists of a clinical research administrator, a clinical trials specialist, statisticians, data scientists, research coordinators and research assistants. To date CARE has managed a portfolio of over 50 research protocols, assisting in the design, implementation and operationalization of these studies. Through the use of CARE, three investigators have received funding, including two Foundation for Anesthesia Education Research (FAER) grants (a mentored training grant and an education grant for attending staff), a BIDMC Chief Academic Officer’s pilot grant, an industry sponsored grant for the prevention of delirium, and also support for a balanced trial from the Australian NHRMC. Furthermore, in the last three years more than 26 residents have participated in research, each receiving dedicated time to complete their mentored research project during an elective rotation of their residency. In addition to mentorship and protected time, CARE also offers a considerable amount of infrastructure to support resident research, including:

  • Computer Resources (SAS and SPSS Statistical Software, REDCap, MS Access and Office Suite Programs, Linux computers)
  • Access to Specimen Processing Labs, including a -80° freezer, centrifuge and labeling capabilities
  • A data and statistical core to assist with epidemiologic and statistical consultations
  • A Monthly ICU Research Conference which exists as an open forum to present ideas and seek feedback from department members

Residents who participate in the Clinician Scientist Track will have access to all of these resources and will receive ongoing support and supervision from CARE in collaboration with their mentor(s). For a complete list of ongoing department research, including resident accomplishments and publications, please visit the CARE website.

Criteria for Clinician Scientist Track

The Clinician Scientist must:

  • Remain in good academic standing in all years of the track
  • Maintain satisfactory clinical performance on ABA reports
  • Meet or exceed all clinical milestones
  • Perform at >40th percentile on ITE exams and pass the Basic Exam
  • Take full call complement during research time
  • Have one clinical day per week during research blocks to maintain skill set
  • Set outcomes with mentor supervision, including metrics (e.g. abstracts at targeted meetings)

Additional Rotations for Clinician Scientist Track

Year Research Time Course(s) Conference(s)

PGY-1

One Month

BIDMC Intro to Research Course (in PGY-1 or PGY-2 year)

Consultation with Harvard Librarian

PGY-2*

BIDMC Intro to Research Course (in PGY-1 or PGY-2 year)

ASA, FAER Scholars, or equivalent

PGY-3

Three Months

Case Based Stats for Clinical and Biological Scientists
Online Catalyst Courses

One research presentation at conferences covered

PGY-4

Six Months

Harvard Catalyst’s Successful Grant Writing Strategies Workshop

Two research presentations at conferences covered

PGY-5

Nine Months

School of Public Health PCE course

Two to three research presentations covered

*Mentors will be identified in the PGY-2 year.

Contact Information

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine (Education Division)
P: 617-667-5048
F: 617-667-5050
Email: mcahill2@bidmc.harvard.edu