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Educational Grant

Twice each year, departmental funds are made available to support new educational projects. This Educational Grant provides up to $8,000 (maximum amount per project) and is open to Pitt/UPMC Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine residents, fellows, and faculty, as well as medical students from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The purpose of the grant is to inspire and assist aspiring department-related anesthesiology investigators who have no current funding to start an educational project. Both curriculum development projects and research projects are eligible. Basic, translational, and clinical research projects are NOT eligible.

Please direct any questions to the Department Education Office.


  • Educational Research
  • Curriculum Development

Application Cycle and Timeline

For funding commencing in July each year, the submission deadline will be May 1 or the first Monday thereafter; for funding commencing in January, the deadline will be October 15 or the first Monday thereafter. Please note, for academic year 2023-2024, for funding commencing on July 1, 2023, the submission deadline has been extended to June 15, 2023.     


  • Must be a current member of the Pitt/UPMC Department of Anesthesiology or a medical student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine  
  • Must not have received any prior non-departmental extramural research funding for the proposed project  
  • Medical students or trainees (residents or fellows) submitting projects as principal investigators must have a mentor with a primary academic or clinical faculty appointment in the Pitt/UPMC Department of Anesthesiology
  • Awardees must agree to present the completed study at one or more of the following meetings: 1) UPMC GME Leadership Conference, 2) the annual Safar Symposium and Multi-Departmental Trainees Research Day, 3) the Pennsylvania Anesthesiology Resident Research Conference (PARRC), or 4) national meetings (ASA, SEA, IARS, and others) following the award
  • Awardees must agree to submit a financial report detailing how the grant funds were used
  • Awardees must agree to submit a manuscript on the funded work to a peer-reviewed journal for publication with acknowledgment of Educational Grant funding

Please download the application manual and budget form for full instructions and to apply

Tetsuro Sakai, MD, PhD, MHA, FASA, Co-Chair, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine Educational Grant Committee

Past Awards

2022 Funding Cycle
Mackenzie Noonan Haase, MD (PI), Steven L. Orebaugh, MD (Mentor): Developing, Implementing, and Testing a VR Simulation to Teach Peripheral Nerve Blockade

2021 Funding Cycle
Gaurav Chauhan, MD (PI), Trent Emerick, MD, MBA (Mentor): Incorporating Ultrasound-guided procedures as part of the Chronic Pain Fellowship Curriculum

July 2020 Funding Cycle
Steve McHugh, MD (PI), Michael Gemma, MD (Co-I), Leath Abdullah, MD (Co-I), Using VR training modules to prepare trainees for their cardiac anesthesiology rotation
Daniel Huettner, MD (PI), Steven Orebaugh, MD (Mentor), Lindsay Hahn, MD, MEd (Co-I), Regional Anesthesia Course for Residents Utilizing Cadaver Limbs

July 2019 Funding Cycle
Lindsay Hahn, MD, Med (faculty mentor: Steve L. Orebaugh, MD), Teaching Medical Students Peripheral Nerve Block Using Ultrasound
Resulting scholarly activity: pending (still ongoing)

July 2018 Funding Cycle
Kristin Ondecko Ligda, MD, Implementation of a Formal Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) for Anesthesiology Residents
Resulting scholarly activity: creation of OSCE simulation course

Amanda Monahan, MD, Evaluation of an Innovative Checklist Intervention on Medical Student Performance and Perceptions of Clinical Teaching Quality in an Anesthesiology Clerkship
Resulting scholarly activity:  pending (still ongoing)

Phillip Carullo, MD and Phillip Adams, DO, The Impact of a Mindfulness App on Anesthesia Resident Wellbeing
Resulting scholarly activity: pending (still ongoing)

July 2017 Funding Cycle
Kaarin Michaelsen, MD, PhD (faculty mentor: Steve L. Orebaugh, MD), Teaching Medical Students Anatomy for Regional Anesthesia Using Ultrasound
Resulting scholarly activity: ASA 2018 original research abstract presentation; PARRC 2018 original research presentation

Daniel R. Mandell, MD (faculty mentors: Michael Boisen, MD; Kathirvel Subramaniam, MD, MPH, FASE), Evaluation of Anesthesiology Resident Competence and Clinical Impact of a Structured Point-of-Care Ultrasound Training Program
Resulting scholarly activity: creation of POCUS/TEE Curriculum