Research is an integral component of the mission of the Department of Anesthesiology at Loma Linda. We have an active Research Division, directed by Melissa McCabe, MD, which provides residents, faculty, medical students, volunteers, and undergraduates with basic science and clinical research opportunities.
Members from our research division have won several national research awards and have published in numerous top-tier journals. Clinical research within the department is geared with a single purpose in mind: to improve patient outcomes. This is accomplished through many avenues involving innovation with cutting edge medical technologies, novel education tools, a high acuity patient population, and diverse department of nationally renowned clinicians and basic scientists.
Those with an interest in clinical research also have ample opportunities. Our faculty members have numerous active projects, with scholarly pursuits in Cardiothoracic Anesthesia, Pediatric Anesthesia, Neuroanesthesia, Obstetric Anesthesia, Regional Anesthesia, Pain Medicine, and Clinical Monitoring.
Resident research rotations are available for senior residents, those with an interest in research meet with Dr. McCabe during the PGY-3 year. Residents may participate in an existing project, but are also encouraged to develop a hypothesis and participate in study design. This latter approach has the advantage of exposure to the complete research process, including Institutional Review Board approval. The department strongly supports resident scholarly endeavors and many of our residents begin work on research projects before the end of their PGY-2 year.
Each year the Department of Anesthesiology is represented at conferences across the nation including but not limited to the American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Meeting, the International Anesthesia Research Society, subspecialty conferences such as Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, and Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology and the Western Anesthesia Residents Conference.