The SEA Research Advisory Program (2022 - present)

The SEA Research Committee provides practical advice for planning, executing, and submitting your scholarly works in educational research and curriculum development. Alternatively, we feature a summary of educational theories to broaden your foundation in educational research and curriculum development.

Introduction of the SEA Research Advisory Program

Needs Assessment:

  • There are many clinician-educators who fail to publish the abstract to a full publication. Only 15% (52 abstracts among 351) SEA presented abstracts between 2011 - 2019 have been published as a full manuscript (Cerza et al. 2022: unpublished data). The advisory program may boost the willingness and the publication rate of the clinician-educators.
  • There are many submissions to the Idea Lab workshop. These submitters have a good idea; however, intervention at the Workshop may be transient. These clinician-educators may be benefitted from the longitudinal support.


Support a clinician-educator who needs longitudinal coaching/advisory on her/his educational research study for publication

The List of Advisors:

Fei Chen, PhD, MEd
Assistant Professor, Medical Education
Department of Anesthesiology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Fei Chen, PhD, MEd, MStat, is an assistant professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also serves as the founding co-director of The Excellence in Anesthesiology at Chapel Hill Education Research (TEACHER) Lab and the Academic Medicine Rotation of the department. Dr. Chen is the current chair of the scholarship committee and a member of the leadership council of the Academy of Educators of UNC School of Medicine. Dr. Chen’s research focuses on assessment and instructional design for enhanced learning in medical education. Working with faculty and scholars within and outside of UNC, Dr. Chen has designed, implemented, and evaluated multiple curriculum and research projects on competency-based assessment, simulation-based education, instructional methods, and resident wellness.

Viji Kurup, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology
Yale University

Susan Martinelli, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Susie Martinelli, MD, FASA is a Professor of Anesthesiology and the Anesthesiology Residency Program Director at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. Her career has centered on being a clinician-educator with a focus on research in education. One of her research interests is in innovative approaches to graduate medical education, such as the flipped classroom. Additionally, she has developed programs that utilize family and friends to improve the well-being of healthcare providers, including medical students, residents, and attending physicians. She has received grant support from the AAMC, AMA, and the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research for these efforts. She enjoys collaborating with other institutions in this work. Dr. Martinelli is a member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Review Committee for Anesthesiology, the Chair of the Educational Advisory Board for the Association of University Anesthesiologists, and a council member of the Association of Anesthesiology Core Program Directors.


John Mitchell, MD (available as of September 2022)
Vice Chair for Academic Affairs
Department of Anesthesiology, Pain Management & Perioperative Medicine
Henry Ford Health

Lara Zisblatt, EdD, MA, PMME
Education Specialist
Department of Anesthesiology
University of Michigan School of Medicine

Lara Zisblatt, EdD, MA, PMME is the Education Specialist for the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Michigan Health System.  As the Education Specialist, Dr. Zisblatt is responsible for the oversight of the assessment and evaluation arm of the Education Division, the implementation and growth of the curricular offerings and faculty development as it relates to teaching, and the development of education research and scholarship.  Dr. Zisblatt has her doctorate in medical education and has been working in the field for 20 years.  Before joining the University of Michigan, Dr. Zisblatt was the Associate Director for Continuing Medical Education at Boston University School of Medicine. Her research interests include motivating clinicians improve their practice. Dr. Zisblatt has received ten grants totaling over $8 million in the research and implementation of medical education. She was awarded the Rising Star Award from the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions in 2013. She is the Associate Editor for the Journal of Education in Perioperative Medicine and an ad hoc reviewer for three national journals in medical education. She received an award as a Top Reviewer for the Journal of Graduate Medical Education in 2018.  She has been invited to speak at national meetings for organizations like the Association of American Medical Colleges, American Medical Association, the Society of Continuing Medical Education and the Society for Academic Associations in Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine. She is currently the Past-President for the Association of Anesthesiology Program Administrators and Educators.


Ted Sakai, MD, PhD, MHA, FASA
Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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Application Process:

We invite any SEA members who wish to seek research advisory. Application or inquiry to [email protected] & [email protected]Application form is here.

Advisory Processes:

  • Advisory matching will be presided over by the administrator (specific advisory requests can be made at the time of application)
  • Submit the advisory agreement form
  • The advisee has the primary responsibility to initiate the meetings.
  • The frequency, length, and management of the meetings will be determined by the advisor and the advisee.
  • The acknowledgment of the SEA research advisory program has to be made on any scholarly products generated by the advisee.
  • If the advisor's contribution fulfills the requirement of the authorship (Defining the role of authors and contributors, International Committee of Medical Journal Editors., the advisor's participation should be listed as the authorship. This decision should be mutually agreed upon between the advisor and the advisee.
  • If there is any disagreement or conflict arises, the Administrator or the SEA Board will serve as the mediators.
  • This is a one-year term advisory program. Only if both parties express the wish to renew the relationship, the advisory will be renewed.
  • The advisee will undergo both the entry and exit interview with the administrator.
  • The advisees are required to respond to various surveys during peri-advisory periods.

Program Administrators:

Ted Sakai, MD, PhD, MHA, FASA
Chair, SEA Research Committee
[email protected]

Dante Cerza, MD
Chair Designee, SEA Research Committee
[email protected]