Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine

Anesthesia Clinical Research

The Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine offers students an opportunity to do research during their FLEX time (MS2-3) or as a Longitudinal Elective (MS4). Research projects vary from prospective randomized clinical trials, longitudinal studies, observational studies, and retrospective chart reviews. Studies also range across the various specialties of anesthesia including pediatrics, obstetrics, cardiac, regional, acute pain, chronic pain, geriatrics, perioperative ultrasound, comprehensive perioperative care, and education.
Our department also includes the ability to participate in human factors research with Dr. Ken Catchpole or addiction focused studies with Dr. Mike Scofield.

We welcome you to visit Anesthesia’s Research page on MUSC’s Horseshoe to learn more about the Investigators and their interests.

If you are interested in working on a clinical research study during your designated FLEX or Longitudinal Elective, please reach out to the contacts listed below.

Sylvia Wilson, M.D. – Professor, Vice Chair for Clinical Research
Haley Nitchie, MHA – Research Program Coordinator

Kenneth Catchpole, Ph.D.

Research Areas: Patient Safety, Clinical Systems Design, Human Factors Engineering. Main Current Projects:

  1. Reducing the instances of retained foreign objects after surgery
  2. Improving safety in perfusion and ECMO
  3. Improving the quality of pediatric intubation and resuscitation
  4. Systems Approaches to Improving the Reliability of Sterile Processing

We research clinical care delivery systems with a view to improving safety, efficiency and quality of care. It's great grounding as a medical student because by exploring the engineering and process side of care delivery, you get to understand and analyze how care is delivered. It also gives early insights into a range of specialties. Current projects including improving process and communication in robotic surgery; engineering better ways to deliver anesthesia medications; sterile processing of instruments; and a range of other projects related to the delivery of acute care.

Michael Scofield, Ph.D.

Interested in cellular and molecular biology research? Dr. Michael Scofield's addiction neuroscience laboratory at the Medical University of South Carolina is looking for high-achieving students to aid in the completion of a variety of research projects. The lab uses state-of-the-art techniques to better understand relapse biology and the cellular and molecular correlates of drug craving. Research assistants will gain tangible experience with key research techniques, including electrochemical recordings, immunohistochemical analysis, confocal microscopy, digital rendering, neuronal and astroglial structural plasticity analyses, and operant drug self-administration withdrawal and relapse paradigms.
Check out the laboratory website for more info: