Program Description

Mayo Clinic's Pain Medicine Fellowship provides comprehensive training in acute, chronic, and interventional pain management. The Pain Medicine Fellow will acquire the medical knowledge and technical skills necessary to independently practice pain medicine in a safe and effective manner through a multidisciplinary education process.

As a member of the Mayo Clinic Department of Pain Medicine (a multi-specialty department), Fellows will work with board certified physicians in Pain Medicine from Anesthesia, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Neurology. The fundamental educational experience will involve outpatient assessment of chronic pain. Emphasis will be placed on learning to perform appropriate evaluations and formulate multimodal treatment plans. Fellows will gain experience with all aspects of pain therapies including medication management, physical modalities, therapeutic exercise, behavioral therapies, and interventional treatments.

Acute pain medicine training involves hospital based patients at Mayo Clinic Hospital with acute painful medical conditions or post surgical pain. As a National Cancer Institute designated cancer center the Mayo Clinic provides the opportunity to treat complex cancer pain including the placement of implantable drug delivery systems. Palliative care experience is gained through working with a nearby hospice facility and through coordination of care with the Mayo Clinic Palliative Care Service.

During the fellowship, there is an emphasis on interventional pain medicine training. Fellows will learn indications, contraindications, relevant anatomy and safe techniques for interventional pain treatments. Fellows will develop competence in neuro-axial and regional interventional pain therapies including neuromodulation, and will learn how to incorporate these therapies into a comprehensive treatment program.


The Mayo Clinic Pain Medicine Fellowship is an ACGME-accredited training program that meets the educational and training requirements for board certification from the American Board of Anesthesiology, the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry.