November 27, 2018

FAER/ABA Announce New Co-Sponsored Research in Education Grant

Raleigh, N.C., and Schaumburg, Ill. (Nov. 27, 2018) – The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) and the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) are co-sponsoring a FAER/ABA Research in Education Grant to advance the careers and knowledge of anesthesiologists interested in the key elements of education in anesthesiology—curriculum, instruction and assessment.

“The goal of this grant is to provide anesthesiologists with a robust research project related to graduate medical education and physician lifelong learning,” said Deborah J. Culley, M.D., secretary of the ABA. “Our hope is that grant recipients will benefit from the research experience and that their work product will provide valuable insight that helps us to elevate standards of practice, guide physicians’ lifelong learning and advance the specialty.”

Applicants will be asked to submit an abstract for a prospective hypothesis-driven research project that evaluates the following elements of ABA board certification: 

  1. The value of primary certification and the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology™ program (MOCA®) to clinicians and the public, or
  2. The validity and impact of the ABA’s new primary certification program – the staged examination process (BASIC, ADVANCED, and APPLIED Examinations).

“This partnership provides a unique and incredible opportunity for career development in education research while at the same time generating important new information on how Board certification and continuing education impact practitioners and their care of patients,” said Dr. James C. Eisenach, FAER president and CEO. “The ABA is a creative leader in making informed decisions on its processes and this joint grant will further the missions of both FAER and the ABA.”

The ABA and FAER will award one $100,000 grant, to be distributed over two years, to a faculty member of any rank. The grant requires that 40 percent of the faculty member’s time be dedicated to the proposed research.
The application process will open on Dec. 1, 2018, and the deadline is Feb. 15, 2019. Applicants will be asked to submit a one-page research abstract, a career development plan, a biosketch, letters of support, and a proposed budget. The grant recipient will be announced in May 2019, and the grant period will begin in July 2019.

The ABA will provide the grant recipient with mentoring and access to ABA Board resources, which may include de-identified physician data, data analysis expertise and other tools necessary to design, conduct and report the project. The grantee may also pursue primary data collection based on their research question.

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About the American Board of Anesthesiology®
Our mission is to advance the highest standards of the practice of anesthesiology. As the certifying body for anesthesiologists since 1938, we partner with physicians to elevate practice standards and foster exceptional patient care. We administer primary and subspecialty certification exams as well as the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology™ (MOCA®) program, which is designed to promote lifelong learning, a commitment to quality clinical outcomes and patient safety. Based in Raleigh, N.C., we are a nonprofit organization and a Member Board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).

About the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research
Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER) is a related organization of the American Society of Anesthesiologists.  For over 30 years, FAER has been dedicated to developing the next generation of physician-scientists in anesthesiology.  Charitable contributions and other support help FAER fuel the future of anesthesiology through scientific discovery. FAER has several funding mechanisms including training grants, grants which fund research in education, and partnering with other organizations to fund anesthesiology-related research.