Medical Student Program Provides Invaluable Experience

Brian Ebert, a second-year medical student at Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine/Midwestern University, visited the University of Utah in the  summer 2011 for his eight-week anesthesia research fellowship. The fellowship was supported by FAER through the Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship (MSARF) program.

The MSARF program attracts talented medical students to research careers in academic anesthesiology and perioperative medicine. Through the program, MSARF participants experience research and training activities, and are exposed to clinical anesthesia, at their host departments. The capstone of the medical student fellowship is the MSARF Symposium at the ASA annual meeting each year.

At the University of Utah, Ebert met Harriet W. Hopf, MD, and Sean Runnels, MD, who mentored him throughout the program, teaching him the principles of academic research in anesthesiology. Ebert presented his abstract “Does the UU Butyrylcholinesterase genotype predict a normal clinical and biochemical response to succinylcholine? A model for personalized medicine in anesthesia” at the 2011 ASA annual meeting.

Ebert says of his MSARF experience: “Coming from a medical school that does not have its own anesthesiology residency program, my experience with MSARF was absolutely invaluable! I was able to interact with an anesthesiology program and learn things about the field that I otherwise never would have been exposed to. My summer experience with FAER has made me a more well-rounded medical student and has better prepared me for residency training. MSARF transformed my interest in anesthesiology into a desire to pursue it as a career.”

Support Medical Students Interested in Anesthesiology

Medical students who are interested in careers in anesthesiology and research participate in FAER’s Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship program. To support these students through this educational program, make a donation to FAER.

This story originally appeared in the 2011 FAER annual report and the FAER Report in the July issue of the ASA Newsletter.