BH Robbins Scholars

B.H.Robbins Scholars

The Vanderbilt Department of Anesthesiology offers Clinican Scientist mentored training through the BH Robbins Scholars Program. The primary goal of the BH Robbins Scholars Program is to recruit and train the next generation of academic anesthesiologists who will shape the future of our specialty. The BH Robbins Scholars Program is named in honor of our first department chairman, Benjamin H. Robbins, MD.


Program Overview: The BH Robbins Scholars Program provides a comprehensive, mentored research experience spanning anesthesia residency and an academic fellowship. Scholars enter the program during the CA-2 year and complete six months of mentored research prior to the end of the CA-3 year followed by a minimum of 80% research during the academic fellowship. The academic fellowship is comprised of either a one-year research fellowship with 80% protected research time or a one-year clinical subspecialty fellowship plus one-year research fellowship. Following fellowship, Scholars are expected to join the faculty in the Department of Anesthesiology for a two or more years and are allocated protected research time based on their academic productivity, planned research/training and faculty track (Physician Scientist or Clinician Educator). Scholars may request to participate in additional formal education (e.g., Master of Science in Clinical Investigation, Master of Public Health, or other degree programs) offered at Vanderbilt during the latter part of the BH Robbins Program.


Robbins Scholars receive numerous benefits, including personalized mentorship and career development, research and educational support resources, protected research time, and a salary supplement during residency and fellowship.


Scholar Application Process: Scholar candidates should complete the application process outlined below and will be selected based on their perceived potential for commitment to a successful career in academic anesthesiology. Offer letters will be distributed in December or January of the CA-2 year.



For more information regarding the BH Robbins Scholars program, please contact co-directors Frederic T. Billings IV, MD, MSCI and Jerod Denton, PhD, at