The pain medicine fellowship offers a variety of education and research opportunities for participants, including:
Each fellow spends six training months in Chronic/Interventional Pain. During this time, fellows learn preprocedure evaluation and preparation of patients in the outpatient clinic; interventional nerve blocks, including facets, nerve root blocks, epidurals, intrathecal injections of opioids and adjuvants, including neurolytic agents; and placement of neurostimulators, intrathecal pump, implantable epidural catheters and other neurosurgical interventional modalities.
The pain medicine fellow completes two training months in Acute Pain. Training emphasizes follow-up care with patients who receive intrathecal opioids, thoracic or lumbar epidurals, femoral catheter and other infusion devices as part of their perioperative pain management and the management, efficacy and side-effects of regional block techniques in acute pain management.
The fellow is actively involved in the formal and informal education of trainees at the institution. He or she instructs residents and medical students in routine patient care activities. The pain medicine fellow provides lectures and conferences to the multidisciplinary pain management team, residents, and students on a consistent basis throughout the year.
Opportunities for research in pain medicine and other related studies are abundant within the department. The fellow is encouraged to participate in at least one publication during his or her training and is given departmental funding to provide a scientific presentation at a major conference or meeting.