Fellowship | Pain Medicine

Pain Medicine

OVERVIEW

Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for 3 fellow learners, our 12 month program provides an experience in a multidisciplinary pain management center with emphasis on interventional pain management approaches.  The program offers educational experiences in Interventional Pain, Chronic Pain (Clinic and Inpatient), Anesthesiology (Perioperative and Acute Pain), Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurology, Psychiatry/Psychology, as well as Hospice and Palliative Medicine.  The program is comprised of eight physician faculty members with specialties in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Neurology as well as one clinical psychologist.
The Pain Medicine Fellowship at the University of Kentucky is provided through the Department of Anesthesiology.   Physicians begin fellowship training after successful completion of an ACGME accredited residency in Anesthesiology, Neurology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, or Psychiatry.

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Didactics

Subspecialty Conferences: Conferences covering didactic material outlined in the Pain Medicine curriculum are presented each week on Fridays from 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM. These conferences are typically given by the Multidisciplinary Pain Faculty. The Pain Fellows are also expected to lecture as part of their overall training experience. Guest faculty from other disciplines also lecture (e.g. orofacial pain, pediatric pain) when appropriate to cover curricular topics.   Fellows are also invited to attend regularly scheduled resident didactic presentations in the Department of Anesthesiology.

Case Discussion Conferences: Cases are presented on a quarterly basis by the pain fellows in collaboration with a multidisciplinary pain faculty member. Cases of interest are chosen as they become available over the year of patient care in which the fellow is involved.

Journal Club: Journal articles are presented on a quarterly basis by the pain fellows in collaboration with one of the pain faculty.

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Facilities

The principle site for fellowship training is the Interventional Pain Clinic at the University of Kentucky Good Samaritan Hospital.    The Interventional Pain Clinic is a multidisciplinary pain management center with emphasis on interventional pain management approaches.  An average of 2800 clinic visits and 1500 procedures are performed annually.  Training is also conducted at the main UK Chandler Hospital which is located approximately one mile from The Good Samaritan Hospital.  Acute pain as well as perioperative anesthesia is taught at the main UK hospital.  Palliative medicine training is conducted at the main UK Chandler Hospital as well as Hospice of the Bluegrass.

Clinical Experience

The program offers rotations in Interventional Pain, Chronic Pain (Clinic and Inpatient),  Anesthesiology (Perioperative and Acute Pain), Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurology,  Psychiatry/Psychology, as well as Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

  • Interventional Pain (Advanced Track).  The Advanced Interventional Pain Medicine Track occurs during the fellowship year in parallel with the ongoing Continuity Clinic experience and didactic curriculum.  Fellows will learn to provide care utilizing advanced interventional approaches for patients with chronic pain.   All procedural work is performed in the dedicated ambulatory surgery center facilities at the Interventional Pain and Surgery Center site.
  • Chronic Pain Clinic.   The fellow will have the opportunity to attain the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to provide care to the adult and/or pediatric patient with chronic pain.  The fellow will be able to demonstrate competency in diagnosis and ongoing management in a diverse population of patients with chronic pain.  

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Application Process

We have completed the application process for the 2015-2016 academic year, and will be conducting interviews between July - September.  Please check back to receive updates for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Additional dates and deadlines can be found through the NRMP website.

Return the application form and supplemental materials to the address at the bottom of the page:

  • UK Pain Medicine Fellowship Application you will need Adobe Acrobat reader (free download) to view this form.
  • One page statement with a discussion of your career goals
  • Current Curriculum Vitae (listed out by month and year)
  • USMLE/COMLEX Part I, II, III scores
  • Deans Letter
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Evidence of adequate progress (In Training Exam scores) toward Board Certification in your primary specialty
  • Three current original letters of recommendation

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