Evaluation of the foundation for anesthesia education and research medical student anesthesia research fellowship program participants' scholarly activity and career choices

Paloma Toledo*, Shakir Mclean, Lorent Duce, Cynthia A. Wong, Armin Schubert, Denham S. Ward

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Abstract

Background: The Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship (MSARF) program is an 8-week program that pairs medical students with anesthesiologists performing anesthesia-related research. This study evaluated the proportion of students who published an article from their work, as well as the percentage of students who entered anesthesiology residency programs. Methods: A list of previous MSARF participants (2005 to 2012), site, and project information was obtained. Searches for publications were performed using PubMed. The primary outcome was the publication rate for MSARF projects. The MSARF abstract-to-publication ratio was compared with the percentage of abstracts presented at biomedical meetings that resulted in publication as estimated by a Cochrane review (44%). For students who had graduated from medical school, match lists from the students' medical schools were reviewed for specialty choice. Results: Forty-two percent of the 346 MSARF projects were subsequently published. There was no difference between the MSARF abstract-to-publication ratio and the publication rate of articles from abstracts presented at scientific meetings (P = 0.57). Thirty percent (n = 105; 95% CI, 25 to 35%) of all the MSARF students were authors on a publication. Fifty-eight percent of the students for whom residency match data (n = 255) were available matched into anesthesiology residencies (95% CI, 52 to 64%). Conclusions: The MSARF program resulted in many students being included as a co-author on a published article; the majority of these students entered anesthesiology residency programs. Future research should determine whether the program has a long-term impact on the development of academic anesthesiologists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1168-1173
Number of pages6
JournalAnesthesiology
Volume124
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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