Boston Medical Center’s Department of Anesthesiology is dedicated to improving perioperative patient outcomes through high-quality, efficient and professional clinical research in the areas of anesthesia, critical-care medicine and pain management. We are affiliated with the Boston University School of Medicine and have staff to support clinical research activities. The department has the resources to conduct clinical trials according to the Code of Federal Regulations, the International Conference of Harmonization (ICH) and Good Clinical Practices (GCPs). The scope of clinical research trials include industry-sponsored biomedical device trials, phase II-IV drug trials and investigator-initiated clinical trials relating to scientific and clinical questions relevant to the practice of anesthesiology.
Boston Medical Center and the Boston University Medical Campus are leaders in the field of medical research. Our department is committed to the mission of providing excellence in the area of clinical care, education and research and is dedicated to advancing our speciality. The anesthesia research staff has spearheaded clinical trials focused on the prevention of postoperative nausea and vomiting, pain management, biphasic defibrillation, level of consciousness monitoring, intraoperative organ protection, hemodynamic monitoring, cardiovascular risk and outcome studies and neuromuscular blocking agents.
We are currently involved primarily in clinical resarch projects including the evaluation of new neuromuscular blocking agents, neuro-monitoring, outcome studies and new pain techniques. We have also become a recognized leader in the area of OR management:
- We were featured in the Wall Street Journal on "Managing Flow in the OR"
- We developed a safety model entitled the "OK Model" that is a tool to promote patient safety, coupling patient complexity and level of preparedness
- In reference to OR management, we offer an annual symposium entitled "Positioning Your ORs for the Future" which is accredited by Boston University and attended by practioners from all over the country
Residents and faculty are encouraged to become involved in research projects during their careers and time is reserved for such endeavors. With over 80,000 anesthestics annually and 15,000 pain procedures performed, the opportunities for research are abundant.
The department offers a research elective to provide our residents the opportunity to be directly involved in a number of ongoing studies. During this time the residents will acquire first hand experience with most, if not all, of the following fundamental research concepts:
- Regulatory and Ethical Issues
- Clinical Trial Development
- Grants, Contracts, Budgets
- Clinical Trials Versus Clinical Practice
- Clinical Data Management
- Abstract and Manuscript Preparation