Specialty Training & Advanced Research Program
Combined Residency / Ph.D. Program / STAR
Extraordinary advances in scientific research and the sophisticated use of new therapeutic agents are creating a growing need for clinicians who can form a bridge between the laboratory and the operating room. The Department of Anesthesiology and the Neuroscience Program at UCLA offer the best in Residency and Doctoral training to prospective Academicians.
Numerous physicians in training realize that they would like to devote themselves to a career in academic medical research at a time when the opportunity for M.D.-Ph.D. training has past. These considerations led UCLA to create the Specialty Training and Advanced Research (STAR) Program, so that residents can combine clinical and research training. Selected applicants will have the opportunity to earn a Ph.D. in combination with their Anesthesiology Residency training.
Research in Anesthesiology
There are several world renowned laboratories in the Department of Anesthesiology at UCLA in which residents can pursue varied research projects, many of which are related to anesthesiology, including studies of the molecular mechanisms of action of general anesthetic and analgesic agents. Anesthesiology Residents in the STAR program can also chose a research project in one of several hundred other laboratories at UCLA. Research in neuroscience is particularly popular and there are nearly two hundred laboratories associated with the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Graduate Program alone.
The Neuroscience Program
The Neuroscience Program is based in the Brain Research Institute and was established at UCLA in 1965. It is in the top ten Ph.D. programs of its kind in the nation. More neuroscience research is performed at UCLA than on almost any other campus in the world. All disciplines are well represented: including molecular, cellular, systems, developmental, behavioral and clinical neuroscience. There is also an outstanding group of imaging laboratories using positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance imaging allowing the noninvasive visualization of the structure and function of the human nervous system.
Combined Residency and Ph.D. Curriculum
Successful applicants will complete three years of Anesthesiology residency, beginning their research during the elective rotations. The following two to three years will be spent completing course requirements and a dissertation for a Ph.D. in a chosen discipline. The specific requirements will be determined on an individual basis by the applicant, the STAR Committee and the admissions committee of the Ph.D. program of the applicants choosing. Medical school courses are likely to satisfy some of the Ph.D. course requirements.
Residents will be paid at the appropriate post-graduate year residency rate as determined by the UCLA School of Medicine or, when appropriate, at the Clinical Instructor level. Salaries will be guaranteed by the Department of Anesthesiology, although participants are encouraged to apply for fellowships.
For more information about the Anesthesiology residency program and the research opportunities available to Anesthesiology Residents at UCLA write to:
Patricia A. Kapur, M.D.
Professor and Ronald L. Katz, M.D. Chair
Department of Anesthesiology
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
757 Westwood Plaza, Suite 3325
Los Angeles, CA 90095-7403
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