The UAB Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham offers many options for residents to participate in scholarly research.  Two programs have been established to assist residents in reaching their individual research goals. Whether your long-term goal is to become an academic anesthesiologist and productive physician-scientist, or you simply want to participate in a research project during your residency, we have the resources available to help you succeed. 

Systematic Training in Anesthesia Research (STAR)

The STAR program is a new initiative that underscores our commitment to furthering bedside-to-bench-to-bedside research. The STAR Program is a resident research track available through the residency match. Developed to train residents interested in careers as physician-scientists, this track will be used to train potential candidates in basic, translational, and/or clinical research. The overall goal is to expand upon a foundation in research to prepare applicants for careers in academic medicine. The successful applicant/trainee will have a strong scientific background via graduate training (Ph.D. or M.S.) or significant experience in other venues such as NIH fellowships or summer research programs.

STAR Timeline 
4th YEAR MEDICAL SCHOOL
  •  Apply, interview, match into research track 
 PGY1 YEAR
  • Meet with program director and STAR director
  • Meet with potential mentors
  • Evaluate early research education and education needs
 CA1 YEAR 
  • Determine mentor by the end of the year
  • Develop resident academic development plan (including resident mentor, STAR director, program director)
 CA2 YEAR
  • Submit research plan proposal 
  • Complete training required to conduct research 
 CA3 YEAR
  • Conduct research, write, evaluate for recruitment for ongoing training 
 PGY5 YEAR 
  • Complete clinical or research fellowship 


For more information about this program, contact Brant Wagener.

Resident Mentored Research Experience Track (RMRET)

This track is designed for residents with an interest in academic activities who are willing to work toward the goal of completing a successful research project during their residency. Up to five residents per class will be mentored to conduct basic, translational, or clinical research projects that have a high probability of leading to presentations at national or regional meetings, or publications. Prior research experience is not a prerequisite.