Becoming an Exceptional Anesthesiologist

Chad Greene, D.O., is a PGY-1 anesthesiology resident at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Greene graduated from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed a FAER Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship at Vanderbilt last year. As a medical student, Dr. Greene served as chair of the ASA Medical Student Component, on the ASA Board of Directors, the ASA Committee on Residents and Medical Students and as a state officer for the South Carolina Medical Association – Medical Student Section. He is interested in pursuing a career in academic anesthesiology.

FAER: What did you learn about research and anesthesiology during your MSARF experience?

Greene: “Before participating in the MSARF program, the thought of participating in a large-scale research project was frightening. My experience with MSARF was truly extraordinary. I learned how to properly approach, design and carry out a research study in a very organized and methodical manner. I was also introduced to the field of anesthesiology in a very different light through FAER. Up until the start of my summer research fellowship, I had only seen the inner workings of anesthesia from the operating room. I soon realized, however, that an exceptional anesthesiologist also devotes his/her time investigating the many unanswered questions in our field in the form of research.”

FAER: Your mentor was Scott Watkins, M.D., a pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist and assistant professor at Vanderbilt University, who has a research grant from the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation. What did you learn from working with him?

Greene: “Dr. Watkins was an incredible mentor during my summer fellowship at Vanderbilt and continues as a valuable mentor and friend today. Perhaps the most significant thing that I learned from him was the importance of having physician-scientists in the field of anesthesiology and the practice of medicine as a whole. Anesthesiologists who incorporate research into their practices are true pioneers of our day. Without them, our field would lack the progressive and dynamic nature that it is known for.”

FAER: In what ways has your anesthesia research fellowship prepared you for a career in academic anesthesiology?

Greene: “Before participating in MSARF, I was undecided whether I wanted to pursue a career in academics. I soon realized, however, that academic anesthesiology offered a world of exciting opportunities. The MSARF experience laid the foundation for my career in academic anesthesia and taught me how to think scientifically as a physician.”