While the university offers a range of opportunities from biochemistry to organ physiology, anesthesiology, surgery, and critical care integrate these multiple systems into a larger perspective of human pathophysiology and pharmacology. Students have opportunities for research in cardiovascular and respiratory physiology, molecular pharmacology, neurobiology, and environmental science. Regardless of ultimate career choice, investigation in anesthesiology, surgery, critical care, medicine and environmental physiology provides strong basic science grounding and application of research principles. Students meet with the Study Program Director to monitor progress in the laboratory. The Course Directors meet regularly regarding individual progress of students in the laboratories. At the end of the year, each student is expected to present his or her work at a meeting. Publication of an article by each student in a peer-reviewed journal is expected.
The Department of Anesthesiology offers a unique opportunity for the students to present projects in a formal setting moderated by an external reviewer of national stature. A course in Physiology and Medicine of Extreme Environments is available in the spring of each year.