The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and its journal, Anesthesiology, announce the 24th annual Journal Symposium to be held at the ASA Annual Meeting on October 27, 2015, in San Diego, California. The 2015 Journal Symposium will highlight feature the following presentations:

Presentation 1: Using Data to Improve Operating Room Throughput

Peter Dunn, M.D., Executive Medical Director of Perioperative Services, Massachusetts General Hospital Retsef Levi, Ph.D., J. Spencer Standish Professor of Operations Management, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Presentation 2: Redesigning Surgical Patient Care from Decision to Discharge

Jonathan Wanderer, M.D., M.Phil., Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Presentation 3: Designing a New Hospital for Surgical Care

Brett Simon, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Josie Robertson Surgery Center

A common axiom in architecture reads: “If you want to change the way people work, change the building they work in.” The 2015 Journal Symposium addresses the changes in healthcare design and delivery head on, with this axiom setting the context. Anesthesiologists that are involved in the world of perioperative and procedural medicine are facing intense pressure to alter systems of care to improve the value delivered to patients. Such pressures are not new, but the intensity of the pressure has risen dramatically. The advent of the Affordable Care Act and payer initiatives like bundling and value-based purchasing provide new impetus for healthcare delivery redesign. Recent descriptive publications have detailed elements of a nascent “Perioperative Surgical Home.” Does this construct represent a true reconsideration of perioperative healthcare delivery? How much of redesign is required to truly affect the value a perioperative system brings to patients? Does the value accrue to patients, or does the value of redesigning perioperative systems actually benefit healthcare systems and payers?

Four experts will introduce these topics for the first 90 minutes of the symposium, with 20-minute presentations and 10-minute discussions. The speakers will discuss three different approaches, of increasing scope, for redesigning healthcare delivery systems to meet specific goals. Where available, empirical tests of the redesign efforts’ success at meeting their goals will be presented.

We invite abstracts on this topic from all related fields: basic science, translational, clinical, and quality research. The top eight abstracts will be presented orally during the second half of the symposium.

The authors of abstracts selected for the symposium will be offered an opportunity to submit their work to Anesthesiology for inclusion in an issue to be published in the spring of 2016.

2015 Award for Excellence in Research

The annual American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Award for Excellence in Research recognizes an individual for outstanding achievement in research that has or is likely to have an important impact on the practice of anesthesiology.

The individual’s work must represent a body of original, mature and sustained contribution to the advancement of the science of anesthesiology. The nominee need not be a physician, an anesthesiologist, or a member of the ASA, but must be presently engaged in research related to anesthesiology, academically accomplished with peer-reviewed publications and funded research, and nominated in response to a call for nominations. The completed application must include the nominee’s current curriculum vitae, a letter of nomination, and a seconding letter from two individuals with an understanding of the research contributions of the individual.

The 2014 Award for Excellence in Research was presented to Henrik Kehlet, M.D., Ph.D., at the ASA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, on Monday, October 13. Dr. Kehlet is a Professor at Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University, Copenhagen, Denmark.

The deadline for nominations for the 2015 Award for Excellence in Research is March 31, 2015. Please submit nominations or any questions regarding this award to Vicki Vass Tedeschi, Managing Editor, Anesthesiology; e-mail:

2015 Presidential Scholar Award

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Presidential Scholar Award recognizes colleagues who dedicate their formative careers to research.

The deadline for nominations for the 2015 Presidential Scholar Award is March 31, 2015. Anesthesiologists who are within 10 years of their first appointment to a department of anesthesiology, who are Board-certified in their country of practice, who are ASA members, and who are clinically active in anesthesia, intensive care, or pain medicine are eligible for the award. Nominees must be academically accomplished with peer-reviewed publications and funded research. Candidates should be nominated by their department chair or by the Committee on Research after review of the current year’s grant applicants of the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research. The nominee’s department chair should submit a letter of support and the nominee’s current curriculum vitae as well as one seconding letter from a senior faculty member. Only one nominee per department will be accepted.

The recipient of the 2014 Presidential Scholar Award was Rebecca A. Aslakson, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, who received the award at the ASA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, on Monday, October 13, 2014.

Please submit nominations or any questions regarding this award to Vicki Vass Tedeschi, Managing Editor, Anesthesiology; e-mail:

The board of directors of the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) is pleased to announce FAER’s 2015 research grant funding opportunities for faculty members and trainees. The application deadline is February 15, 2015.

FAER provides research grant funding for anesthesiologists and anesthesiology trainees to gain additional training in basic science, clinical and translational, health services, and education research. For early-career anesthesiologists interested in pursuing careers as physician-scientists, FAER grants can be an important starting point. These grants aim to help anesthesiologists develop the skills and preliminary data they need to become independent investigators.

2015 Funding Opportunities

The following research grant funding opportunities are available to anesthesiologists and anesthesiology trainees. The application Web site for the 2015 grant funding cycle is open November 1, 2014, through February 15, 2015.

For more information regarding FAER grants and eligibility requirements, visit or e-mail Jody Clikeman, Grant Program Coordinator, at

Mentored Research Training Grants

Research Areas: Basic Science (MRTG -BS), Clinical and Translational (MRTG -CT), Health Services Research (MRTG -HSR)

Purpose: To help physician anesthesiologists develop the skills and preliminary data to become independent investigators

For Whom: Faculty members who completed their initial core anesthesiology residency within the past 10 years

Funding: $175,000

Duration: Two years

Percent Research: 75%

Research Fellowship Grant

Research Areas: Basic Science, Clinical and Translational, Health Services or Education

Purpose: To provide significant training in research techniques and scientific methods

For Whom: Anesthesiology trainee after the CA-1 year

Funding: $75,000

Duration: One year

Percent Research: 80%

Research in Education Grant

Research Areas: Education Research

Purpose: To improve the quality and impact of anesthesiology education research

For Whom: Faculty member of any rank (junior or senior faculty)

Funding: $100,000

Duration: Two years

Percent Research: 40%

Research Grant Application Deadlines

Online application opens November 1, 2014

Applications due February 15, 2015

Award notifications made by May 15, 2015

Project start date July 1, 2015, or January 1, 2016

Research Grant Eligibility Criteria—Updated for 2015

The FAER Grant Management Committee has made a few changes and clarifications to the eligibility criteria and rules for research grant funding from previous years.

  • Applicants may submit only one grant application per award cycle.

  • Tuition is not allowed in the budget for any grant.

  • The applicant and the primary mentor for the grant must be at the same institution.

To view the complete eligibility requirements and application guide, visit