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Anesthesiology department welcomes students from historically underrepresented backgrounds for summer fellowship

Michael Avidan, MBBCh, head of the Department of Anesthesiology, left, talks with ASSURE fellow Brandi Bradford, while summer scholar Anirudh Kalathil talks with Robert Gereau IV, PhD. Anesthesiology Summer Research Fellowship (ASSURE) scholars and summer scholars presented their research posters during an event at Eric P. Newman Education Center on August 6, 2021. Photo: Matt Miller/Washington University School of Medicine.

A new research fellowship welcomed its first cohort of college students from the St. Louis region to campus in June. The Anesthesiology Summer Research Fellowship (ASSURE) fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine provides underrepresented minority college students from the St. Louis metro area an opportunity to engage in basic, clinical, and/or translational research projects.

Meet the 2021 ASSURE fellows and scholars »

The students engaged in immersive 10-week summer projects under the mentorship of a Department of Anesthesiology faculty member. Throughout the program, the department hosted workshops, journal clubs and a speaker series for the students. The program culminated in a poster session, where the fellows and scholars presented their research.

ASSURE scholars also had the opportunity to attend educational programs and social activities with fellow research trainees participating in other WashU summer research programs, such as the NIH-funded WUSTL ENDURE program, which prepares undergraduates for neuroscience PhD programs. The ASSURE fellowship program acknowledges the importance of collaboration and encourages fellows to become part of an integrated research community that spans both the Danforth and Medical School campuses.

In support of the anesthesiology department’s goal to build a pipeline of bright and undiscovered talents, the ASSURE fellowship program aims to better attract, train, mentor, and provide long-term career support for students from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in medicine.

Applications for the Summer 2022 cycle will open on December 1, 2021.