The 2020 SARS-CoV2 (COVID-19) pandemic has challenged the medical community in many ways, requiring rapid adjustments to patient care and, in some regions, overwhelming health systems. The requirement for physical distancing to “flatten the curve” and allow health systems to adapt and prepare has meant countless live events – including the in-person element of FAER's Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship (MSARF) Program – have been canceled. The need for alternatives to live events has driven rapid advances in and wholesale adoption of virtual platforms, such as Zoom, that facilitate effective connections and learning in a virtual environment.

The FAER MSARF Program is highly competitive and matches medical students with academic anesthesiology departments across the country. MSARF participants conduct eight weeks of focused research over the summer under the guidance of a dedicated mentor, learning about clinical anesthesiology and developing...

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