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Education

Goals and Objectives

  1. To provide advanced training in the assessment and management of pain based on direct involvement in patient care under the direct supervision and instruction of full-time faculty.

  2. To develop a physician who will be competent to practice as an effective consultant for problems related to pain management in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Upon completion of the fellowship, the physician is expected to be able to manage pain management problems in various contexts including in the presence of complex medical illnesses and psychological distress.

  3. To develop a physician who has a good understanding of the practice of pain medicine as well as an understanding of the multidisciplinary practice model and the organization and management of a pain center.

  4. To include in the fellowship training program clinical rotations which provide each fellow a valuable separate, identifiable clinical experience in each of the four disciplines essential to the practice of pain medicine-Anesthesiology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurology, and Psychiatry.

The goal of the fellowship as well as each specialty rotation is for the fellow to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills needed to function as a pain management specialist incorporating a multidisciplinary approach to pain medicine by drawing from the various disciplines relevant to pain medicine.

The pain fellow completing the continuum of training is eligible to take the pain management subspecialty examination of the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA), Inc., and to practice independently as a consultant in the specialty of pain management.

During the one year fellowship program, the trainee’s experience will allow for a comprehensive training in the practice of pain management. Using a wide range of clinical experiences, educational conferences, didactic teaching, and focused evaluation and remediation as necessary, the program promotes the development of skilled and hard-working physicians with a foundation of medical knowledge and clinical experience.

Through teaching interactions and conferences, the fellow will learn to use problem based learning and evidence based medicine in the application of current pain management practices to all their patients. Upon completion of the program, the fellow will have the interpersonal skills, knowledge, interventional skills and professionalism to function as a consultant in pain management and obtain board certification in pain management.

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