Academic Career Enrichment Scholars (ACES) Program
What does it take to be a competitive ACES Program applicant?
Most successful ACES trainees will have completed both MD and PhD degrees or will have completed significant and impactful research as a medical student.
What are the expectations for ACES residents?
ACES trainees are expected to be superb clinicians, innovative researchers, and strong team players.
How do we support our ACES residents?
ACES residents benefit from hands-on detailed mentoring, additional research stipend support, and the benefit of being part of a dynamic and inclusive anesthesiology research community.
Do all ACES trainees join the Duke Anesthesiology faculty after completing the program?
There is no requirement for ACES trainees to join our departmental faculty, though many have done so. Roughly one third of our ACES Program graduates (i.e. eight individuals) are currently on the Duke Anesthesiology faculty. Many ACES graduates have joined the faculty of other leading academic medical centers, and virtually all ACES graduates are currently in academic medicine. We view it as a success of the ACES Program whenever a graduate obtains a faculty position with protected research time, whether that is at Duke or other leading academic medical centers.
Are ACES trainees required to join the Duke Anesthesiology faculty after completing the program?
As above, no. There is no requirement for ACES Program graduates to join our departmental faculty, though given the high caliber of our ACES graduates, we are delighted when ACES trainees seek to join Duke Anesthesiology after completing the ACES Program.
What have ACES trainees accomplished to date?
To date, ACES Program graduates have obtained more than >$9 million in extramural research funding, and have published more than >411 peer-reviewed publications. Several ACES trainees have been instrumental in the founding and ongoing leadership of eSAS (early Stage Anesthesiology Scholars), an international organization designed to promote the development of anesthesiologist scientists and researchers.
What outside organizations have funded the work of ACES Program graduates?
ACES graduates have obtained NIH funding from several different institutes (NIA, NIGMS, etc.), as well as from FAER (the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research), IARS (the International Anesthesia Research Society), the American Geriatrics Society, the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, and the American Heart Association.