As the director of resident research training at the University of Utah, the primary objective for Harriet W. Hopf, MD, is to prepare young physicians for academic careers in anesthesiology. She achieves this objective by spending a great deal of time on resident and faculty development. Through internal resources at the university and external resources through ASA and FAER, Dr. Hopf, a long-time advocate for FAER, encourages careers in research.
For the past four years, Dr. Hopf has worked with “a phenomenal caliber of medical students” participating in the FAER Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship (MSARF) program. The University of Utah is a host institution for these students, and Dr. Hopf has been serving as a mentor.
“FAER has great expectations for each participant,” she said. “They are receiving positive experiences at the onset of their academic research careers.”
In addition, she contributes financially to FAER. “I give my time and money to FAER because FAER does exactly what it is supposed to do: fund opportunities for research and career development for anesthesiologists,” she said.
Through her contributions to FAER, Dr. Hopf is strengthening anesthesiology. She is giving back to the specialty that drives her career and is investing in its future so it remains strong for years to come.
This excerpt is from a story that originally appeared in the FAER 25th Anniversary Edition of the ASA Newsletter.