The Pain Medicine Fellowship follows the requirements set forth by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and its Residency Review Committee for Anesthesiology.

Clinical training

Rotations during the fellowship include physical medicine and rehabilitation, neuroradiology, neurology, chronic pain clinic, cancer pain or palliative care, pain rehabilitation, and a private practice rotation. Fellows also rotate to Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, for a month in the Pain Rehabilitation Center, which is part of the psychiatry requirement.

Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, has the state-of-the-art Multidisciplinary Simulation Center. Pain fellows receive some procedure training, along with some safety- and quality-oriented training in the center.

Research training

Your research opportunities at Mayo Clinic are outstanding. During the course of this fellowship, you have the opportunity to design and complete a research project under close mentorship from one of our clinician-researchers.

The research project may be conducted according to your interests in pain-related fields such as psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, or oncology. Additionally, a smaller project in quality or safety is encouraged.

Call frequency

Mayo Clinic follows the recommendations of the ACGME regarding call frequency.

Teaching opportunities

Fellows have the opportunity to teach pain-related subjects to Mayo Clinic anesthesiology residents, residents rotating from other hospitals and visiting medical students.


To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop appropriate technical skills, your performance is monitored carefully during the course of the Pain Medicine Fellowship. Formal evaluation by supervising faculty members occurs quarterly, and each trainee is assigned a faculty adviser for the purpose of providing feedback.

Fellows receive a written clinical competence evaluation by the chair of the Clinical Competency Committee twice each year. In addition, trainees regularly evaluate rotations and faculty to ensure education needs are met and to provide feedback to the faculty in order to improve the program.

Feb. 03, 2015