Research Scholarships and Grants
Research opportunities at Massachusetts General Hospital are among the most extensive and broad-based of any teaching hospital in the world. Annually, Mass General receives nearly $300 million in research funding; $50 million comes from industrial sources as a result of innovative intellectual partnerships, 60% from Federal sources and the remainder from foundations. Within this rich environment, the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine basic research activities have an international reputation and encompass a broad range of disciplines with active research units focused in the areas of cardiac and pulmonary physiology, molecular neurosciences and pharmacology, pain biology, and biomedical engineering.
Residents are actively encouraged to undertake research during their CA3 year, and a science training program offers the opportunity for graduating residents to pursue research in many laboratories within the Harvard or Massachusetts Institute of Technology systems including studies leading to an advanced degree.
In addition to the fundamental research that takes place within DACCPM, numerous ongoing interdisciplinary research opportunities are available, including the Harvard Anesthesia Research Center, an inter-institutional association of anesthesia-related laboratories, at the Harvard hospitals. Affiliated hospitals include Brigham and Women's, Beth Israel, and Boston Children’s, and of basic science and engineering departments at the Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
One such interdisciplinary group incorporates the diverse talents of anesthesiologists and bioengineers in the department’s unique bioengineering unit, which is involved in the development and evaluation of anesthetic delivery systems and monitoring equipment, and operates a life-like simulator of the operating room environment.
Another group brings together anesthesiologists and basic scientists to focus on the mysterious molecular mechanisms by which anesthetics act. Particular strengths in clinical research include clinical pharmacology, critical care, statistics and device development.