REG: Work Continues through RO1 Funding

FAER supports many different kinds of research. James Fehr, MD, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics, Department of Anesthesiology, Washington University School of Medicine sent us his final report on his Research in Education Grant on Skills in Pediatric Anesthesia: A Simulation-Based Assessment Program, which he received in 2009. As he wrote in his report:

“ … It is with great appreciation that I thank the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research for the opportunity to develop this project. This has been a transformative period in my career, which would not have been possible without the generous support of FAER. Simulation-based education and assessment offers an additional modality for performance-based credentialing of resident competence in managing anesthetics for children. Ultimately, this approach could be used to assess competence and as a result have an impact on how other pediatric specialists assess the skills and performance of physicians who care for children.”

Dr. Fehr recently publish some of this work in Anesthesiology (115(6):1308-15,2011), and in this article, they showed how the multi-scenario simulations they developed had high interrater reliability and correlated with the clinical experience of the examinee. The use of such validate scenarios in multiple programs will greatly improve the teaching and assessment of pediatric anesthesiology. Dr. Fehr is continuing this work by being a co-investigator, with David J. Murray, MD, his mentor on this award and a former FAER education research grant recipient himself, on a RO1 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Teamwork, Communication and Decision-Making: An Assessment Program Using Simulation.