Research and Scholarly Activities


There are many opportunities to either participate in an ongoing research project or design a study. Examples of current projects include the following:

  • A randomized control trial reviewing the effectiveness of a preventative delirium protocol in elderly patients while analyzing its consequential effects on awareness, PONV and/or pain control
  • Implementation of Airway Management Protocol Using Emergency Airway Checklist to Improve Emergency Airway Management amongst Trainees
  • Management of Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting: Implementing Best Practices Through Mandatory Risk Stratification and Evidence-Based Cues
  • Cognitive Therapy for Reducing Persistent Postsurgical Pain Treatment Study
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Treatment Study
  • Improving Outcomes and Lowering Costs in Chronic Low Back Pain Care Study
  • Post Surgery Pain Management Drug Treatment Study
  • Medication Treatment Study for Patients with Acute Pain
  • Pain Management for Amputation Patients Treatment Study

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In addition to GME benefits, residents who participate in scientific presentations at regional or national anesthesiology meetings or conferences will have travel, food and registration expenses reimbursed by the Rush Department of Anesthesiology. Examples of recent conferences that residents have participated in are:

Midwest Anesthesia Residents’ Conference

The Midwest Anesthesia Resident’s Conference (MARC) was held in Detroit in 2019 and in Cincinnati in 2018.  The Rush Department of Anesthesiology has nearly 30 research studies or case reports presented by residents each year. At the most-recent MARC, 16 awards were presented to Rush University Department of Anesthesiology residents for their presentations. Dr. Salvin Jacob and Dr. Drew LaCombe achieved the honor of earning an Association of Midwest Academic Anesthesia Chairs awards for Basic Science Poster Presentations. 

American Society of Anesthesiologists Meeting

The 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists took place in San Francisco. Many of our residents and attendings were in attendance.

Anesthesiology residents

Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists Meeting

Rush residents presented at the 2019 Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists and Thoracic Anesthesia Symposium Meeting in Chicago. 

International Anesthesia Research Society Meeting

A Rush resident presented at the 2019 International Anesthesia Research Society and International Science Symposium Meeting in Montreal. 

Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists Meeting

Rush residents presented at the 2019 Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists Meeting in Montreal. 

Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology Meeting

Rush residents presented at the 2019 Society of Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology Meeting in Phoenix.

American Society of Regional Anesthesia (ASRA) Regional Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine Meeting

Rush residents presented at the 2019 ASRA Regional Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine Meeting in Las Vegas.

Society of Pediatric Anesthesiology Meeting

Rush residents presented at the 2019 Society of Pediatric Anesthesiology Meeting in Houston.

Postgraduate Assembly in Anesthesiology Meeting

A Rush resident presented at the 2018 Postgraduate Assembly in Anesthesiology Meeting in New York City.

American Society of Regional Anesthesia Pain Medicine Meeting

Rush residents presented at the 2018 American Society of Regional Anesthesia Pain Medicine Meeting in San Antonio.

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Resident advocacy activities

We are proud of our broad resident involvement in professional societies. These currently include:

Illinois Society of Anesthesiologists

Angelica Vargas, MD, was voted the 2016-2017 president of the Resident Component of the Illinois Society of Anesthesiologists. As part of her duties, she served as the Illinois delegate of the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ Resident House of Delegates during the ASA’s annual meeting in San Diego, held October 24-28, 2015.

As president, Vargas worked to fulfill the mission of the ISA, which includes efforts in the following:

  • Encourage residents to participate in the activities of the ISA and the ASA
  • Nurture leadership in organized medicine
  • Communicate resident concerns to the ISA board of directors and participate in the decision-making process
  • Facilitate transition to active membership in the ISA and ASA upon completion of residency

Other activities

  • American Society of Anesthesiologists: Several Rush residents serve as ASA resident delegates.
  • Rush House Staff Association: delegate representation
  • Rush House Staff Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee: delegate representation
  • American Medical Association: delegate representation

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