The Pain Medicine fellowship allows participants to gain the competency to serve as a consultant for problems related to pain management. This includes 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.
The Pain Medicine Fellowship is a one-year, ACGME-accredited program that covers various specialties. To qualify for certification from MD Anderson, the fellow must present at least four oral presentations, including Grand Rounds, and prepare a research article suitable for publication.
Program objectives include:
- Developing advanced knowledge in malignant and non-malignant pain management techniques
- Understanding the implications, benefits and risks of anesthetic and neurosurgical procedures to control pain
- Active participation in conversations about pain management with patients, their families and other health professionals
- Analyzing practice experience and improving practice-based activities using a systematic methodology
- Participating in presentations, lectures and facilitating the knowledge of other health professionals
- Learning to act as an effective advocate for the rights of the patient and family in serious ethical situations
How to Apply
All candidates for the Pain Medicine Fellowship must have completed an ACGME-accredited residency program in Anesthesiology, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, or Neurology and must be board-eligible or board-certified to practice.
Required application materials include:
- Curriculum vitae
- Personal statement
Other items that may be required for application:
- Three letters of recommendation: If currently in a program, one letter must be from program director indicating trainee standing and expected completion with the program.
- USMLE, COMLEX, FLEX scores report
- Medical transcripts
- Medical diploma: copy
- Certificate of training completion – copy for each certification
The application submission process begins in April and will be accepted through August. Competitive applicants will be invited to interview during the months of August through September, and final selections will be made in mid-October.
MD Anderson Cancer Center is committed to encouraging good health and staying true to our mission to end cancer. If you are applying for a GME fellowship or residency program starting on or after July 1, 2016, please be advised that MD Anderson will have instituted a tobacco-free hiring process as part of its efforts to achieve these goals. If you are offered an appointment, you will be subject to a Pre-Employment Drug Screen for tobacco compounds in compliance with applicable state laws. If you do not pass the urine drug screening which includes testing for tobacco compounds, you CANNOT be appointed at MD Anderson. Should you fail to meet this contingency, MD Anderson will withdraw your offer of appointment for the academic year. You may reapply for the following academic year, but there are no guarantees that you will be offered a position as many of our programs are already filled for several years out.