Research and Quailty Improvement Opportunities

  • Our department currently ranks #7 (out of 133 anesthesiology training programs) in NIH funding
  • This year, Dr. Samuel McLean was awarded a $21 million grant from the NIH to perform the AURORA Study, a first-in-kind study evaluating the development of chronic pain and other adverse neurologic and mental health disorders after trauma.ASA
  • The research department consists of 20 full time faculty and staff, including an epidemiologist to assist resident and faculty scholarly projects.
  • To learn more about the cutting edge research being done by our department, visit:
  • Each year our department hosts a Resident Research Symposium where our CA-2 residents present the results of a Quality Improvement project completed during the year. Many of these projects are subsequently presented as posters at national meetings or accepted as abstracts for publication. 
  • Our residents have presented at multiple local and national meetings including North Carolina Society of Anesthesiologists, Pain Society of the Carolinas, American Society of Anesthesiologists, Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology, Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia, and many more.
  • We support individual residents with academic aspirations who wish to allocate a significant portion of their residency towards protected research time.  A 6-month research track is available for residents in their final year of training, who desire to pursue an intensive research project. We support the various options for protected research time offered by the American Board of Anesthesiology: