News & Announcements

$75,000 SAAA Contribution Supports Education Research

The Society for Academic Anesthesiology Associations made a $75,000 contribution to the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research in 2015 to support education research. The generous donation will be used to help fund three FAER Research in Education Grants starting in 2016.

“FAER and SAAA share a strong commitment to excellence in anesthesia research and education,” said Joy Hawkins, MD, Chair, FAER Board of Directors. “We are extremely grateful to SAAA for their support of FAER and, more importantly, of the anesthesiologists who are working to improve the concepts, methods and techniques of education in anesthesiology.”

FAER Research in Education Grants advance the careers and knowledge of anesthesiologists interested in improving anesthesiology education. The REG is focused on developing innovative approaches for anesthesia education and is a two-year, $100,000 award. It is available to anesthesiologists who have completed their clinical anesthesia training and have an academic faculty appointment.

The recipients of the 2015 FAER and SAAA co-sponsored Research in Education Grants include:

Meredith Adams, MD
Medical College of Wisconsin
Creation and validation of an anesthesiology pain educational app: Delivering ABA pain content to the millennial learner
Mentor: Thomas J. Ebert, MD, PhD

Dr. Adams’s research will assess whether using an app to transform core pain-domain knowledge into smaller elements and solidifying mastery of this material using testing with novel gamification techniques will improve engagement, learning and performance. Ultimately, the project aims to create a curated mobile educational app to support learners in building their pain knowledge.

Robert B. Maniker, MD
Columbia University
Validation of an objective, practical and real-time assessment of regional anesthesia procedural skills
Mentor(s): Boyd Richards, PhD, Charles W. Emala, MS, MD

Dr. Maniker’s research will provide anesthesia programs with a standardized instrument to document evidence of milestone achievement and allow early identification of trainees who fall below threshold performance levels. Future studies will aim to validate additional milestone assessment tools and evaluate the effect of their widespread implementation on educational outcomes.

Glenn Woodworth, MD
Oregon Health & Science University
Trajectory, predictive value and significance of milestone achievement during anesthesiology training
Mentor(s): Patricia A. Carney, PhD, Nicole M. Deiorio, MD

Dr. Woodworth’s research will provide insights into the utility of the milestones developed for the 25 anesthesiology sub-competencies, lay the foundation for anesthesia residency programs to implement strategies to take action to correct substandard performance, and provide valuable information in the continuing evolution of the milestones project.


About the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research
The Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) is a 501(c)3 non-profit, and a related organization of the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®). Its mission is to advance medicine through anesthesia research and education. FAER is committed to ensuring physician anesthesiologists lead medicine into the future through scientific discovery and the creation of new knowledge.

FAER grants are made possible by the financial support of the ASA and its component societies, anesthesiology subspecialty societies, departments and practice groups, as well as private individuals.

Learn more about FAER grants at
Support anesthesiology research and FAER at