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Research Opportunities

Mayo Clinic anesthesiologists examining results

The Mayo Clinic Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine is one of the leading departments in research grant funding, peer-reviewed publications, and national and international conference presence. Many faculty in the department are foundation and government grant funded. Many more are engaged in basic science, clinical, and translational research that improve patient safety, clinical practice, ethical standards, and quality improvement.

The department is dedicated to the training, development, and mentorship of the next generation of impact researchers in perioperative medicine. In addition to the clinical and academic mentorship we offer every resident, dozens of our faculty serve as research mentors in all fields of anesthesia and perioperative medicine. These faculty serve in leadership roles on internal, national, and international societies.

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Pain medicine

Anesthesiology residents work together on a case.The Mayo Clinic Division of Pain Medicine is an international leader in the pain clinical practice and research. Residents are introduced to all facets of independent pain medicine, including training in acute, chronic, and oncologic pain management. 

Residents and fellows regularly present posters and research at the national pain meetings including ASRA and NANS. Exciting pain research currently being studied includes perioperative opioid utilization, regenerative pain medicine, chronic pain rehabilitation, and spinal cord stimulation and technology.

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Anesthesiology resident works with a patient in Rochester, Minnesota.The Mayo Clinic Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine is proud to have a long history of excellence in neuroanesthesia. In this department, the original founders of neuroanesthesia — Mitchenfelder and Faust — started their career. As a result, the culture of improving the practice of neuroanesthesia and fostering perioperative brain health persists across the department. Today, the Division of Neuroanesthesia carries several recent past presidents of SNACC, the Society of Neuroanesthesia and Critical Care.

The neuroanesthesia division consists of many faculty members with diverse interests encompassing research, clinical practice, critical care, and education. Outside the division of neuroanesthesia, many others have written and continue to research seminal literature on perioperative brain health and outcomes.

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Anesthesiology resident in the operating room.With more than 12 cardiothoracic bypass-capable operating room suites, the Division of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology offers an incredible breadth of case volume and clinical opportunity for all residents. Given the large number of cardiothoracic cases, our residents gain exceptional training in cardiothoracic anesthesiology. Moreover, the complexity and volume of procedures offer an incredible opportunity for clinical research.

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Critical care

Anesthesiologists discuss a case.Critical and intensive care is a natural branch of anesthesiology. As a testament to the excellent and engaging critical care practice here at Mayo Clinic, many residents move on to a critical care fellowship after their training. The department is proud to have many government grant-awarded researchers in basic science and physiology. Clinically, several of the critical care faculty leverage Mayo Clinic’s robust data technology and research facilities to study patient outcomes after critical illness.

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Obstetric anesthesiology

Anesthesiology residents working with a patient.The obstetric anesthesiology practice at Mayo Clinic offers a robust experience in the anesthetic care of obstetric patients and babies who are considered high risk. Pregnant women with congenital and acquired heart disease, endocrine diseases, neurologic diseases, renal disease, and various other medical and surgical needs travel to Mayo Clinic to be cared for throughout their pregnancies. Further, pregnant patients who are ill are transferred to Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester from throughout the Midwest.

Consequently, many of the faculty here excel in obstetric anesthesiology research and the study of pregnant patient outcomes and care.

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Pediatric anesthesia

Young child hugs a stuffed animal.This department has several prominent authors in pediatric anesthesia. Many of these faculty study outcomes in pediatric patients after anesthesia.

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Patient safety

Anesthesiology residents in the classroom.Every anesthesiologist at Mayo Clinic is dedicated to patient safety and improved patient outcomes and our department excels in developing leaders in anesthesiology and patient safety. This department is honored to have several leaders in perioperative patient safety practice here, including the president of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) and several directors of patient safety committees for many state and national societies.

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Regional anesthesia

Anesthesiology residents in the operating room.The Mayo Clinic Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine is one of the founding institutions that began the practice of incorporating regional anesthesia techniques to better patient outcomes and improve patient care and satisfaction. Several of the staff members have served in prominent leadership roles in the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA).

Many of the residents graduate the program with regional numbers that rival many regional fellowships due to the sheer volume of orthopedic, thoracic, and large abdominal procedures on a daily basis. To keep up with this volume, the department continues to invest in a robust regional anesthesia research footprint. Many of the faculty below give national and international lectures on their research and updates to the field.

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Education anesthesia

Anesthesiology faculty member gives a lecture in Rochester, Minnesota.Education is a pillar on which this department stands. In addition to the clinical teaching and resident didactics that occur every day, many of our staff dedicate their energy and research time to innovating and enhancing resident learning.

The department is focused on developing the next generation of leaders in anesthesiology, and cultivating the potential in every one of our residents is how we plan to achieve our goal. There are staff who study medical simulation and training. Others, study “teaching how we teach” and outcomes that improve resident satisfaction, well-being, and success.

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Basic and translational science

Anesthesiology resident in the lab at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.Mayo Clinic and the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine continue to lead the field in basic science research. The department has several government-funded basic science research labs studying translational physiology, respiratory physiology, and neuromuscular function, just to name a few.

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Resident research rotations

Residents may electively rotate for up to six months in research. These rotations result in peer-reviewed publication and national presentations, enhancing the resident’s portfolio, strengthening their CV and bibliography, and laying the groundwork for a career focused on life-long learning. These research rotations are mentored by faculty anesthesiologists and are also overseen by a group of senior research academic faculty. The goal is not only to guide residents in data collection, statistical analysis and manuscript creation, but also to encourage national and international presentations and clinical care impact.