Academic Scholars Advancement Program

Washington University’s Academic Scholars Advancement Program [ASAP] is an ACGME approved program that continues the University’s commitment to academic excellence. This innovative program provides core anesthesiology training, a clinical fellowship (in the subspecialty of choice), and 18 months of protected research fellowship training in an individualized 5-year continuum of training. The ASAP is unique among postgraduate training programs in that it provides for advancement through the clinical competencies and traditional program requirements via individualized, mentored instruction. As a major educational initiative for our Department, every resident, fellow, and faculty member of our Department will also benefit from this initiative as we seek to explore and establish “best practices” in postgraduate medical education by studying the intensive use of innovative teaching and assessment modalities.

Innovation With Traditional Mentorship

This program is designed to be a more personalized and innovative educational experience. The ASAP will combine traditional mentorship with emerging teaching and assessment modalities such as self-reflective learning and high-fidelity simulation. In the first 3 years of the training, participants will fulfill most of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) requirements for core anesthesiology and subspecialty fellowship training. In the 4th and 5th years of the program, participants will spend approximately 80% of their time conducting research with their faculty mentor as they also maintain their clinical subspecialty expertise in their chosen area of practice. Washington University and the Department of Anesthesiology have a strong tradition of leadership in education and research. We currently have 3 research divisions: the Division of Clinical and Translational Research; the Division of Basic Science Research; and the Division of Pain Research. These research units will provide participants with unparalleled opportunities to pursue scientific interests and develop successful research careers.

The “Anesthesiologist-Of-The-Future”

The ASAP was designed as a template to help usher in the academic anesthesiologist-of-the-future who will be a highly competent subspecialty consultant and well-positioned to make groundbreaking scientific discoveries. We welcome applications from motivated physicians who would be excited to participant in an innovative, more personalized training program that will help them become an accomplished subspecialty expert and contributing member of the academic scientific community.