Research Fellowships

The goals of the NIH T32 Fellowships are to provide young scientists with experience in basic and translational research and to train the next generation of physician scholars.

NIH T32 Training Program

Yale has fostered a post-doctoral NIH-funded T32 training program in Anesthesia for the past 7 years. During that time, we have trained many anesthesiologists who have gone onto academic positions at Yale and elsewhere, often as physician-scientists. We train people in both clinical and basic science research, and offer the program to highly motivated trainees with an MD, MD/PhD, or a PhD degree. Within the T32 program, we offer five research training tracks that fellows may pursue:

  • The Vascular Biology track draws mentors from Anesthesia as well as Vascular Biology and Therapeutics.
  • The Biology of Inflammation/Immunity track uses mentors from the Department of Immunobiology and from Human Translational Immunology.
  • The Bioengineering track draws investigators from Anesthesia as well as Bioengineering and Diagnostic Imaging.
  • The Clinical Research track gets training resources from within the Department as well as the CTSA program.
  • The Neuroscience track draws on mentors from throughout the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience program across Yale’s campus.

While many trainees will be involved in one of the 4 tracks listed above, there are also opportunities to do research in other scientific areas at Yale, such as global health, epidemiology, etc. The choice of mentor and scientific area is left to the individual T32 trainee, in consultation with the Program Director.

The NIH T32 program is specifically designed to provide an intensive research experience for those Anesthesia trainees who want to go onto become academic physicians. T32 trainees will perform research, publish papers, and potentially write their own grant application(s) during the 2 years of NIH support. In many cases, residents who have trained in the Research Scholars Program during the CA-1 through CA-3 years will then go directly onto 2 years of training under the T32 award. However, we also consider highly qualified candidates who have trained at outside institutions, since we often have more available slots in the T32 program than Research Scholars. Availability of slots will vary, year to year.

For more information, contact the Program Director:

Laura E Niklason MD, PhD
Nicholas M. Greene Professor & Vice-Chair for Research
Departments of Anesthesia & Biomedical Engineering
Yale University
Phone: 203-737-1422

National Clinician Scholars Program

Yale University is proud to be one of only four sites nationally to participate in this prestigious program. The National Clinician Scholars Program offers unique clinical and community-based research training through intensive mentorship for clinicians as change agents driving policy-relevant research and partnerships to improve health and healthcare, and has grown out of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Program sites.

This program involves two years of training, where trainees complete graduate-level programs in their areas of interest. The National Clinician Scholars Program has a commitment to teaching rigorous research design, ensuring Scholars develop a nuanced understanding of how the health system and social determinants affect health, engagement of those who can help apply research results, and emphasizing the outcomes and impact of research. Yet the new NCSP is building upon this core strength, moving in a new direction by partnering directly with institutions and agencies sponsoring individual slots, with a strong focus on commitment to partnering agencies and creating generalizable lessons for improving health of patients and communities. All Yale anesthesia residents who are interested in health care outcomes, disparities, ethics, and financing are invited to apply to this exciting program. Applications are accepted in the CA-1 through CA-3 years.

For more information, contact:
Roberta Hines, at