Pain Management Fellowship

Program Objectives

Our program goals and objectives are designed to provide advanced training in the assessment and management of pain. Training experiences are based on direct involvement in patient care under the direct faculty supervision and instruction. Our fellows benefit from active interaction with all medical disciplines involved in the care and treatment of pain patients.

The primary objective or outcome of the fellowship program is that the fellow should be competent to serve as a consultant for problems related to pain management. This includes the management of straightforward and complex pain syndromes in ambulatory and hospitalized patients. Fellows should be able to manage such problems, even when complicated by the presence of other symptoms, complex medical illness and psychological distress.

Our fellowship program has a rich tradition of providing fellows with a comprehensive experience in pain management. It is our goal to assist fellows in:

  • Developing advanced knowledge in pain management techniques
  • Learning how to communicate successfully with patients
  • Establishing continuity of care skills in managing patients
  • Maintaining the highest standard of patient care
  • Participating in a stimulating learning and research environment

An Innovative Program in Pain Management

Fellows are exposed to a full range of pain treatments from medical to interventional, including psychological and rehabilitation techniques. A broad range of interventional procedures are performed from basic diagnostic blocks to advanced interventional and implantable procedures. Fellows are also instructed on obtaining detailed medical histories, performing appropriate physical examinations and ordering diagnostic tests.

Program Duration

The Pain Medicine Fellowship Program is an ACGME-accredited program, which follows a multidisciplinary approach. The duration of the program is 12 months, during which various specialties are included. Successful completion of fellowship training results in an institutional certification by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. In order to be qualified for certification, the fellow must complete 12 months of training within the section, perform in a satisfactory manner, present at least four oral presentations including a Grand Rounds presentation and prepare a research article suitable for publication.