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Observership and Research

We invite motivated students to spend time in the Division of Anesthesiology, Pain, and Perioperative Medicine, shadowing an anesthesiologist in the clinical setting or volunteering as a research assistant on a specific project. 

Students will shadow an anesthesiologist throughout their daily clinical responsibilities in the operating room, pain clinic or preoperative clinic. Students may only monitor regular hospital care; they may not physically examine patients, write in charts or discuss care management with patients. Students can take a two-week or one-month track depending on their schedule.

Research students have the opportunity to work with faculty members on specific research projects sponsored by the Division or may propose new work for future development. As part of the research team, students have the opportunity to participate in research design, data collection and data analysis.

Individuals who are interested in the observership/research experience should complete an application through the Children’s National Hospital Bulletin Board. The following information must be completed: 

  • Your personal information, including your dates of availability
  • A brief personal statement expressing the experience you are seeking during your time with Anesthesiology, Pain and Perioperative Medicine
  • Curriculum vitae
  • One letter of recommendation

Once these sections are complete, please send an email to Anesthesiology, Pain and Perioperative Medicine. After your documents are reviewed, an interview will be scheduled with a faculty member. If accepted, students then register through the Children's National Volunteer Services Office and are subject to all the rules and regulations binding volunteers at our institution. The final application process through the Volunteer Services Department generally takes four to six weeks from the receipt of the initial forms. Learn more about the volunteer process.