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Innovation Pathway

UPMC Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine Innovation Pathway

Innovation is a fundamental aspect of medicine, especially in the field of anesthesiology.  At the national level, the FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health recently emphasized the need for innovation within perioperative medicine, leading to a collaboration with the Society for Technology in Anesthesia at this year’s American Society of Anesthesiologists annual meeting. Between the recent pandemic and anesthesiology’s regard as “... one of the most transformative medical specialties with regard to patient safety,” the perioperative environment is ripe with opportunity to innovate. From developing modern CPR to instituting the first intensive care unit, the University of Pittsburgh/UPMC Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine remains a leader in clinical innovation.

We offer robust support for innovation projects in conjunction with a well-established network of innovation support both at The University of Pittsburgh and within the City of Pittsburgh’s innovation ecosystem. Our Chair Dr. Aman Mahajan’s pivotal role as the Senior Vice President of Health Innovation for UPMC Enterprises uniquely positions him to be a driving force in fostering innovation within our department. UPMC Enterprises, renowned for its commitment to advancing healthcare through cutting-edge technologies and solutions, places Dr. Mahajan at the forefront of transformative initiatives.

To connect busy clinicians with ideas to teams of innovation experts, the below pathway is offered to members of the department at any career phase:

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The UPMC Anesthesiology Innovation Pathway consists of:

1. One-on-one consultation with the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence

2. A one-month dedicated Innovation Rotation for CA-2 or CA-3 Residents

3. The PITTrack

  • An integrated certificate/degree-granting pathway for UPMC Anesthesiology Residents

4. Perioperative Fellowship + Innovation

  • An integrated certificate/degree-granting pathway for UPMC Perioperative Medicine Fellows

  • Certificate/Degree integration with other fellowship offerings within the UPMC Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine available

5. Faculty Fellow Advanced Scholarship Training Program (FFAST)

  • A faculty level certificate/degree granting pathway that can be entered at the faculty level or used in conjunction with prior pathway entry points (i.e., rolling certificate completion at a prior entry point into a master’s level degree by extending program into FFAST as faculty).