The Pain Medicine Fellowship Program follows the requirements set forth by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the Residency Review Committee for Anesthesiology. Rotations include PM&R, neuroradiology, neurology, chronic pain clinic, cancer pain or palliative care, pain rehabilitation, and a recently added private practice rotation. Fellows also rotate to Mayo Clinic in Rochester for a month in the Pain Rehabilitation Center, which is part of the psychiatry requirement.
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/Safety is encouraged.
Mayo Clinic in Arizona has just opened a state-of-the-art simulation center. Pain fellows have already begun training in the Sim Center, and future fellows will receive some procedure training, along with some safety and quality-oriented training in the Sim Center.
Fellows have the opportunity to teach pain-related subjects to Mayo Clinic anesthesiology residents, resident rotators from other hospitals, and visiting medical students.
Mayo follows the recommendations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) regarding call frequency.
To ensure acquisition of adequate knowledge and development of appropriate technical skills, your performance is monitored carefully during the course of training. 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 Competence 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.
You must have successfully completed an accredited residency in anesthesiology or Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation to apply to the Pain Medicine Fellowship.