East/West Visiting Scholars in Pediatric Anesthesia Program (ViSiPAP): Developing tomorrow’s pediatric anesthesia leaders

Marla B. Ferschl, Jennifer K. Lee, Justin L. Lockman, Stephanie Black, Debnath Chatterjee, Rita Agarwal, Lawrence I. Schwartz, John Fiadjoe, Eugenie Heitmiller, Bommy Hong Mershon, Nina Deutsch, John McCloskey, Andrew Infosino

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Promoting and retaining junior faculty are major challenges for many medical schools. High clinical workloads often limit time for scholarly projects and academic development, especially in anesthesiology. To address this, we created the East/West Visiting Scholars in Pediatric Anesthesia Program (ViSiPAP). The program's goal is to help “jumpstart” academic careers by providing opportunities for national exposure and recognition through invited lectures and collaborative opportunities. East/West ViSiPAP benefits the participating scholars, the home and hosting anesthesia departments, and pediatric anesthesia fellowship training programs. By fostering a sense of well-being and inclusion in the pediatric anesthesia community, East/West ViSiPAP has the potential to increase job satisfaction, help faculty attain promotion, and reduce attrition. Faculty and trainees are exposed to new expertise and role models. Moreover, ViSiPAP provides opportunities for women and underrepresented in medicine faculty. This program can help develop today's junior faculty into tomorrow's leaders in pediatric anesthesia. We advocate for expanding the concept of ViSiPAP to other institutions in academic medicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)743-748
Number of pages6
JournalPaediatric anaesthesia
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2020


  • faculty development
  • faculty exchange program
  • faculty mentorship
  • faculty promotion
  • pediatric anesthesiology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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