Pain Management Fellowship (ACGME)

Director: Joel Kent, M.D.

The ACGME accredited fellowship in Pain Management consists of a 12-month period of training in which the fellow will participate in patient care on both the outpatient and inpatient pain management services. The fellow will become skilled in the evaluation and treatment of acute, chronic, and cancer pain. The opportunity exists to learn how to organize and establish an acute pain management service and/or chronic pain management clinic. The Outpatient Pain Management Facility is a multi-disciplinary clinic, which includes anesthesiologists, nurse practitioners and clinical psychologists on staff. Fellows get to work in close collaboration with orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, neurologists, gynecologists, urologists and a multitude of other specialists involved in pain management.

Modalities utilized in the treatment of pain include pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment modalities; neuraxial analgesia, peripheral plexus blocks and indwelling catheters, including ultrasound guided blocks. Fellows get adequate exposure to fluoroscopic guided interventional pain management techniques, including somatic blocks, sympathetic blocks, neurolytic blocks, radiofrequency ablation procedure; spinal cord stimulator trials and implants; intrathecal drug delivery system trials and implants.

The fellows are encouraged to take part in ongoing research projects and are encouraged to develop independent projects. After completing the fellowship, individuals are eligible for the certification in Added Qualifications in Pain Management, offered by the American Board of Anesthesiology or an equivalent board depending on the educational background of the candidate.

For more information on applying for a Fellowship, please contact Cathy Ercolamento at 585-275-2143.