Pain Medicine Fellowship
Thank you for your interest in our Pain Medicine fellowship program.
This program offers three 1-year ACGME-accredited fellowship positions for board eligible or certified anesthesiologists, neurologists, physiatrists and psychiatrists. Our program is participating in the subspecialty match through the NRMP. For best consideration, applications should be submitted no later than March 1, 2015.
The goal of the fellowship program is for the fellow to be exposed to the advanced interdisciplinary evaluation and management of acute, chronic, and cancer-related pain, and to procedures related to the treatment of these patients.
Upon completion of the fellowship, the fellow will:
- Understand advanced anatomical and pathophysiological mechanisms involved in both common and uncommon chronic malignant and non-malignant pain problems.Be able to evaluate and manage inpatient consultations for parenteral/oral opioid conversion, and complex malignant and non-malignant pain problems.
- Be able to evaluate and manage acute, postoperative pain. This experience includes postoperative epidural analgesia management, as well as other forms of regional infusion therapies.
- Have an advanced knowledge of pain management related pharmacological principles, including responsible use of controlled substances.
- Be able to evaluate patients appropriately for and perform procedures involved in advanced pain management techniques (e.g. lumbar, thoracic, and cervical epidural access and injection techniques; selective nerve root blocks; trigger point injections; neurolytic techniques, including radio frequency ablation techniques; neuroaugmentation techniques, including spinal cord stimulation; chronic neuraxial drug delivery techniques, including implanted intrathecal drug administration systems.)
- Gain experience in the principles of interdisciplinary pain management, including psychological and physiotherapy evaluations and treatment options.
- Have an advanced understanding of the role of the pain management physician in the palliative care of patients with end-stage disease.
- Be able to function as an educator of these principles and techniques.
At the end of the fellowship, the fellow will be able to function as an independent, board eligible Pain Management Physician and Consultant, competent in the interdisciplinary evaluation and treatment (including advanced interventional techniques) of complicated and routine pain problems.
We provide multidisciplinary assessment and treatment of the full spectrum of ambulatory pain patients. In order to do this effectively, we have a facility and staff dedicated to pain management.
We know that ongoing pain changes a person's life in all areas, and we are here to help. Our approach is individualized, because we know every person experiences pain in a different way. Our team of pain specialists looks at the whole person to evaluate your pain problem and develop a plan with you to improve your quality of life and pain control. We are unique because we bring together a dedicated group of professionals to provide state of the art pain assessment and treatment, research into new treatments, and coordination with your health care providers.
As the only academic pain center in Oregon we bring expertise to pediatric patients, those with cancer, those with pain from nerve damage, back pain, and many other conditions. Working with our surgical colleagues we help make surgery as painless as possible with our inpatient pain services. We provide consultation to patients and physicians throughout the northwest as well as here in Portland, and we provide leadership and education in the field of pain medicine for our patients, our colleagues, and our region.
Grace Chen, MD
Pain Medicine Program Director
Prospective FellowsApplications will be accepted only through ERAS. Applications will be considered complete when they include:
- Dean's letter from medical school
- Letter of recommendation from Residency Program Director
- 2 additional letters of recommendation
- Medical school transcript
- Copies of all USMLE board score results
- Personal statement