In the fall of the CA-1 year, residents with research interests are encouraged to apply for a Dripps Scholarship. Occasionally, a recipient will be chosen for this scholarship before residency. This highly competitive award, named in honor of the first Penn Anesthesia Chair, Robert D. Dripps, entitles the Dripps Scholar to an additional stipend during their CA-2 and 3 years, unique research opportunities, and guarantees a position on the NIH T-32 training grant, or a clinical fellowship with at least 12 months of research time after their CA-3 year. The Dripps Scholarship recognizes and helps to develop those unique individuals destined to play a leadership role in academic anesthesiology in the future. Dripps Scholars have opportunities to attend scientific meetings and are expected to present their research at the annual Pennsylvania Anesthesiology Resident Research Conference (PARRC).
The first Dripps Scholarship was awarded to Meghan Lane-Fall, MD, MSHP,currently an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Meghan recently completed a post-doctoral fellowship, with research support from both the CHIPS fellowship and one of the department’s T-32 training grants. One of Meghan's interests is in studying how communication and teamwork affect the quality of care delivered in the perioperative setting. Meghan's research mentors were Charles Bosk, PhD, Said Ibrahim, MD, MPH, and Lee A. Fleisher, MD.
The second Dripps Scholarship was awarded to Jonathan Pan, MD, PhD. Jonathan collaborated with Roderic G. Eckenhoff, MD to examine microglial responses to anesthetics. Jonathan is currently an Assistant Professor in Anesthesia at the University of California, San Fransisco and recently received a FAER Mentored Research Training Grant in 2014.
Andrew McKinstry-Wu, MD, the third Dripps Scholar, is currently an Assistant Professor in Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Andrew continued his work with Max Kelz, MD, PhD on optoanesthesia with support from the T-32 Training Grant and was a recent recipient of a FAER Mentored Research Training Grant in 2014.
Benn Cobb, MD, a rising CA-3 will be studying quality improvement initiatives in obstetric anesthesiology under the mentorship of Meghan Lane-Fall, MD, MSPH – our first Dripps scholar.
Kumaran Senthil, MD, a rising CA-3, will be studying mitochondrial energetics after head trauma in neonatal animal models under the mentorship of Todd Kilbaugh, MD, and Doug Wallace, PhD, both of CHOP.
Sydney Brown, MD, PhD, a rising CA-2, will be initiating studies on healthcare policy as it relates to anesthesiology and critical care under the mentorship of Lee Fleisher, MD.