The fully accredited program accepts two fellows per year. Three anesthesiology residents also rotate monthly, as do residents from other specialties. Applications are accepted from candidates who have successfully completed or are in the last year of training in an ACGME, AOA, ACGME-I, RCPSC, or CFPC accredited/approved residency.
The Pain Medicine Fellowship provides interdisciplinary training in the management of chronic and cancer-related pain. Using a problem-oriented approach, fellows obtain pertinent histories, develop relevant physical examination skills, and order appropriate diagnostic tests in a system-based practice approach. Fellows also develop superior competence in all aspects of fluoroscopically guided neural blockade, state-of-the art implantable devices, and radio-frequency techniques.
Augusta University Medical Center is a Level I Trauma Center. In addition to the outpatient clinic, Pain Fellows are part of a multidisciplinary team that comprises the pain consult service for hospitalized patients with chronic pain.
Clinical training in pain-related fields available in: neurology, neurosurgery, physiatry, radiology and psychiatry. The curriculum allows for electives from different primary specialties to meet the training needs of fellows.
Two highly competitive fellowship positions for our 12-month Pain Fellowship Program are offered. Varied training backgrounds and the diversity they bring to pain management are recognized and valued.
The fellowship emphasizes interdisciplinary training in state-of-the art pain management techniques for patients with acute, chronic and cancer pain.
The training is based in our Pain Management Clinic and offers case-by-case learning experiences of complex pain problems including examination, work-up skills, and multimodal pain management. Proficiency in interventional pain management techniques (e.g., implantable devices such as spinal cord stimulator, intrathecal pump, fluoroscopically guided injections, radiofrequency) is emphasized.
Fellows are evaluated on a monthly basis using the Echo360 evaluation system, and meet regularly with the program director to go over their portfolio. A publishable research project and/or a grand rounds presentation will be expected prior to graduation.
We strictly follow ACGME guidelines to not exceed an 80-hour work week.
Paramvir Singh, MD
Zhuo Sun, MD