Education

Fellowship Opportunities in Pain

The following information on training programs has been submitted voluntarily by facilities who offer such programs. This information is provided as a resource and does not imply APS endorsement of any of the training programs listed.

To submit a fellowship training opportunity, email jsternstein@connect2amc.com

DISCLAIMER: The American Pain Society (APS) does not assume responsibility for the information provided. This resource is offered as a benefit to APS members and others seeking training programs in various aspects of pain research and treatment. It does not purport to be a comprehensive listing. The fellowship programs information was solicited from APS members and the information displayed reflects what was submitted. APS has not verified the accuracy of this information and makes no guarantees as to its accuracy or currency. Further, APS does not imply an endorsement of any kind by presenting this information.


Pain Rehabilitation Fellowship Program

Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas, USA

Sponsoring Department: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Length of Program: One year

Size of Program: One fellow per year

Annual Program: Yes

Education Requirements: Completion of an accredited residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation

Disciplines Represented: MD

Type of Fellowship: Post Graduate - Clinical Research

Fellowship Program Director: Banoy Benny, MD

Description: The 12-month program provides an experience in a multidisciplinary pain management center with emphasis on interventional pain management approaches.

Year Established: 2007

Accreditation: Texas Medical Board Approved; ACGME-Subspecialty Accreditation pending Fellowship Funded by: Baylor College of Medicine

Important Dates:
July 15: Begin Accepting Applications
September 1: Priority Application Deadline
September 15-October 31: Interview Dates
Contact Person:
Angela Samuels
1333 Moursund Street, Suite A220
Houston, Texas 77030
713-797-5945
www.bcm.edu/pmr/

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Cleveland Clinic's Pain Medicine Fellowship Program

Cleveland, OH

Length of Program: 1 to 2 years
Size of Program: 10 fellows
Annual Program: Yes
Accreditation: ACGME
Fellowship Program Director: Jianguo Cheng, MD, PhD

Description:
Cleveland Clinic’s Pain Medicine Fellowship Program is the largest and one of the most prestigious programs in the United States. The goal of our program is to train future leaders and consultants in pain management practice and research. Up to ten ACGME-approved positions are offered for a 12-month or 24-month fellowship in multidisciplinary pain medicine. The 24-month fellowship positions are offered to candidates with the potential to become future academic leaders of research and clinical care in pain management. This unique opportunity takes advantage of the internationally renowned leadership role of the Cleveland Clinic in interventional pain management and outcomes research within anesthesiology and pain medicine.

Fellows are valued colleagues in our multidisciplinary Pain Management team. We evaluate 100 to 120 patients and perform 50 to 60 interventional procedures daily, using state of the art technology and equipment in the Chronic Pain Management Center which has 20 examination rooms and 6 procedure suites. In addition, we admit patients to the hospital and provide monitored intrathecal and/or epidural infusion therapies. We also provide chronic and cancer pain inpatient consultation service to all specialties/departments of the Cleveland Clinic. We emphasize team work and strive to provide the highest quality of patient care, education, and research. Our team is composed of a large number of expert pain physicians, fellows, residents, physician assistants, nurses, and other supporting staff.

Fellows are required to rotate through the following disciplines and services:

  • Chronic Pain Management (core rotation, 8 months)
  • Neurology rotation: Headaches and Facial Pain Center (2-4 weeks)
  • Cancer Pain and Palliative Medicine (2-4 weeks)
  • Psychiatry for Pain Specialist (2-4 weeks)
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2-4 weeks)
  • Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation (2 weeks)
  • Anesthesiology for the Non-Anesthesiologist
  • Outcome Research Rotation (optional)

During the fellowship year, fellows are expected to design and engage in a research project. The Anesthesiology Institute will facilitate required time and resources.

Contact Person:
Mickeyla Patterson
Pain Medicine Fellowship Coordinator
216.445.9421

We are presently accepting applications for July 2011 starts. To apply to this program, please call the Graduate Medical Education Department at 216.444.5690 or toll-free at 800.323.9259 to request application forms and submit your completed application to the Graduate Medical Education Department.

The completed form, personal statement, current CV, three reference letters (including one from residency program director), and copies of medical licenses and certificates must be received by July 15, 2010.

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Diversity Supplement Funding Opportunity

University of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill, NC

Length of Program: 2 years

Diversity Supplement Eligibility: Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis. These groups include: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hawaiian Natives and natives of the US Pacific Islands.

Description: The study team recently received funding to perform a 5 year study of chronic pain development among African Americans experiencing a motor vehicle collision (R01 AR060852). Individuals interested in developing an application with the PI to obtain a two year NIH Diversity Supplement to work at UNC with the investigative team as a post-doc on the research work of the grant are encouraged to email Dr. McLean at smclean@aims.unc.edu. Individuals with experience or interest in structural equation modeling are particularly encouraged. A minimum of 75% of the individual's time must be spent on research. A description of funding for the Diversity Supplement grant mechanism is below.

Funding description of diversity supplement mechanism for post-docs: The NIH will provide support for salary in addition to other necessary expenses, such as travel and supplies, to enable the candidate to participate as a postdoctoral research assistant or associate on the funded research project. The requested salary and fringe benefits must be in accordance with the salary structure of the grantee institution, consistent with the level of effort, and may not exceed $50,000 per year. However, exceptions to this rule may be made. Applicants must check with their program administrators at the NIH before submitting an application. The supplement budget may include up to $6,000 for supplies and travel for the candidate. These funds may not be used to purchase equipment.

Contact Person:

Danielle Orrey
BURN TRYUMPH Network Coordinator
Department of Anesthesiology
The University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3290
(phone) 919-966-7177

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Postoperative and Interventional Pain Fellowship

Geneva University Hospital
Geneva, Switzerland

Sponsoring Department: Department of Anesthesiology

Length of Program: One year, may be extended to two years.

Size of Program: One fellow per year

Annual Program: Yes

Education Requirements: At least one year experience as staff anesthesiologist

Additional Requirements: French fluency preferred

Disciplines Represented: MD

Type of Fellowship: Post Graduate - Clinical Research

Fellowship Program Director: Alex Cahana, MD, DAAPM, MAS

Description: High volume postoperative and Interventional Pain Unit, looking for young clinicians wishing to obtain clinical and research skills in the field.

Year Established: 2004

Accreditation: ABA or European equivalent

Fellowship Funded by: Department of Anesthesiology. Salary equivalent of junior staff in Geneva (around 100,000$)

Contact Person:
Alex Cahana
Department of Anesthesiology
Geneva University Hospital
1211 Geneva, Switzerland
+41 22 3827403

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Interdisciplinary Training in Biobehavioral Pain

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Sponsoring Department: Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health

Length of Program: Two years

Size of Program: Two fellows per year

Annual Program: Yes

Education Requirements: Clinical doctorate, PhD degree or its equivalent

Additional Requirements:

  • Be a US citizen or non-citizen national, or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence and possess an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-151 or I-551) or some other legal verification of admission for permanent residence at the time of appointment to the training program. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.
  • Be able to dedicate full time professional effort to the Program and its related research activities.

Disciplines Represented: MD, PhD

Type of Fellowship: Doctoral - Basic Research with opportunity for Clinical Practice

Fellowship Program Directors: Gayle G. Page, RN, DNSc and Jennifer Haythornthwaite, PhD

Description: The goal of this two-year postdoctoral Program is to prepare fellows to work within an interdisciplinary research team to address the complex challenge of pain. This is achieved by integrating training in two or more areas of expertise: behavioral/social science, biomedical science or clinical research. The Program incorporates coursework, mentored research experiences in at least two core areas, an individual research project, preparation of an extramural grant application and experience in writing and publishing papers. Each fellow is collaboratively mentored by two faculty, each representing a different area of expertise in behavioral/social science, biomedical or clinical research.

Year Established: 2006

Fellowship Funded by: NIH. Provides a stipend, tuition fees and insurance.

Contact Person:
Gayle Page, RN, DNSc, FAAN
525 N. Wolfe St
Baltimore, MD 21205
410/955-7484
http://www.hopkinspainfellowship.org/

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OHSU Pain Management Fellowship Program

Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, Oregon

Sponsoring Department: Department of Anesthesiology & Peri-Operative Medicine

Length of Program: One year

Size of Program: Three fellows per year

Annual Program: Yes

Accreditation: ACGME

Education Requirements: Medical degree, completion of a residency in Anesthesiology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurology, or Psychiatry, BE/BC status in one of these specialties and be capable of obtaining medical licensure (no exceptions) and DEA number.

Additional Requirements: Must have 4 years prior US Graduate Medical Education.

Type of Fellowship: Post-Doctoral
Sub-type: Basic Research

Fellowship Program Director: David Sibell, MD, DABA, SCPM

Description: Oregon Health & Science University in Portland is recruiting for three one-year Pain Management Fellowships. Training involves participation in a multidisciplinary pain management center in a new, state-of-the-art facility. We have 6 BC/BE Pain Management MD's on staff at OHSU and the Portland VAMC as well as specialists in Pain Psychology and Physical Therapy.

In addition to multidisciplinary chronic and cancer pain management and acute postoperative pain management, training includes: Radiofrequency facet denervation, automated discography/, IDET, advanced injection and peripheral denervation techniques, botulinum toxin injection, intrathecal pump and spinal cord stimulation implantation and management. The OHSU Comprehensive Pain Center has its own fluoroscopy suite, as well as access to ultrasound guidance for procedures. The Portland Veteran's Administration Medical Center rotations include exposure to physical medicine and rehabilitation (including EMG), psychiatry/chemical dependence therapy, neurology, and other medical specialties pertinent to pain medicine, as well as the core pain medicine experience.

Contact Person:
Debi Stabler, Assistant Education Manager
Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road, mail code UHS2
Portland, OR 97239
Do not call, please email only
www.ohsu.edu/anesth/Education/painfellow.htm

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Interventional Spine & Pain Management Fellowship

Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists
York, Pennsylvania, USA

Sponsoring Department: Sinai Hospital

Length of Program: One year

Size of Program: Two fellows per year: July through June and January through December.

Annual Program: Yes

Education Requirements:

  • Board certified or board qualified by APM&R or completed ACGME residency
  • Minimum 3-month EMG experience
  • Pennsylvania license

Disciplines Represented: MD

Type of Fellowship: Post Graduate - Basic Research with opportunity for Clinical Practice

Fellowship Program Director: Michael, Furman, MD, FAAPMR, FAANEM

Description: The fellowship offers a unique opportunity to work in a private multidisciplinary practice. The training includes, but not limited to, fluoroscopically guided spine procedures, electrodiagnostics, musculoskeletal ultrasound, and management of general musculoskeletal / pain disorders. The fellowship training program emphasizes the uses of diagnostic and therapeutic cervical, thoracic and lumbosacral spine procedures. Training also includes a thorough understanding of practical issues such as business skills, billing and coding to prepare physicians for private or academic practice.

Accreditation: ACGME accreditation, passor recognized.

Contact Person:
Wendy Fuhrma, Fellowship Secretary
1855 Powder Mill Rd
York, PA 17402
717/848-4800

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Integrative-Translational Training in Pain Research

University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida, USA

Sponsoring Department: Comprehensive Center for Pain Research

Length of Program: Two years

Size of Program: Four fellows per year

Annual Program: Yes

Education Requirements: Candidates must have a professional degree (PhD, MD, DMD, DDS, DVM) and be committed to a career in pain research.

Disciplines Represented: All professional disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Type of Fellowship: Doctoral - Animal and Human Pain Research

Fellowship Program Director: Robert Yezierski, PhD

Description: Our postdoctoral training program includes 12 faculty with eight different training areas representing the interests of our core faculty. The program is interdisciplinary with an emphasis on integration of clinical and basic science as well as translational strategies of research. Areas of interest and research opportunities exist within basic, clinical and psychological programs. Research areas represented in the training program include: orofacial pain; acute and chronic pain mechanisms; sex, gender and ethnic differences: psychosocial issues of pain; visceral pain; pain in the elderly, cancer pain; placebo effects and musculoskeletal pain.

The program is designed to train the next generation of pain specialists with a comprehensive program and creative curriculum in an outstanding environment that encourages collaboration.

Year Established: 2005

Fellowship Funded by: NIH (NINDS). Postdoctoral stipends and allowances for expenses, travel and supplies.

Contact Person:
Send cover letter, CV, personal statement and three letters of reference to:
Dr. Robert P. Yezierski
Director, Comprehensive Center for Pain Research
P.O. Box 100444, 1600 SW Archer Road
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida
352/392-4081
painresearch.ufl.edu

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Interdisciplinary Training in Pain Research

The University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa, USA

Sponsoring Department: Carver College of Medicine

Length of Program: Two years

Size of Program: Two fellows per year

Annual Program: Yes

Education Requirements: MD, DO, PhD or MD, Ph.D

Disciplines Represented: MD, PhD, DO

Type of Fellowship: Post Graduate or Doctoral - Basic Research with opportunity for Clinical Practice

Fellowship Program Director: Donna Hammond, PhD

Description: The University of Iowa Pain Research Program offers physicians who have completed their residency training the opportunity to undertake a two-year research-based fellowship that also provides additional opportunities for concurrent clinical practice in their chosen specialty. For individuals holding the PhD degree, this program will expand their research repertoire and foster their development as independent investigators. The ultimate aim of this fellowship is to prepare trainees for an independent career as a physician scientist and/or independent investigator, and to foster the practice and application of translational research to advance the study and treatment of pain. Applicants to the program will be able to choose among 10 different laboratories and mentors. In consultation with their mentor, applicants will design a customized program of study that couples didactic coursework with research training in their area of interest. Physician trainees will be able to practice in their specialty one day/week.

Year Established: 2004

Fellowship Funded by: National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke (NINDS). Individuals may be appointed at the rank of Fellow, Associate, Instructor or Assistant Professor commensurate with experience. Salary is also appropriate to rank. Physician fellow salaries are further supplemented to reflect one day/week clinical practice.

Contact Person:
Donna L. Hammond, PhD
Department of Anesthesia
The University of Iowa
200 Hawkins Drive 6 JCP
Iowa City, IA 52242
319/384-7127
www.anesth.uiowa.edu/painresearch

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Pain Management Fellowship Program

University of Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky, USA

Sponsoring Department: University of Kentucky Anesthesiology Department

Length of Program: One year

Size of Program: Two fellows per year

Annual Program: Yes

Education Requirements: Successful completion of one of the following specialties: Anesthesiology, Neurology, Psychiatry, Rehabilitation Medicine

Disciplines Represented: MD, DO

Type of Fellowship: Doctoral - Clinical Research

Fellowship Program Director: Paul Sloan, MD

Description: The 12-month program provides an experience in a multidisciplinary pain management center with emphasis on interventional pain management approaches.

Year Established: 1993

Accreditation: ACGME

Fellowship Funded by: University of Kentucky Anesthesia Department Annually $54,473.00 / Monthly $4,539.42. An additional stipend covers books, meetings, etc.

Important Dates: Applications are accepting beginning July 1 of each year.

Contact Person:
Emily Silliman, Pain Fellowship Coordinator
University of Kentucky Dept. of Anesthesiology
800 Rose Street Lexington, KY 40536
859-323-5956 ext. 80089
www.wildcatanesthesia.com

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Neuroscience Training in Drug Abuse Research

University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Sponsoring Department: Graduate Program in Neuroscience

Length of Program: Four year maximum for post graduate; three year maximum for doctoral

Size of Program: Four or more fellows per year

Annual Program: Yes. This program is supported by an institutional training grant funded by NIDA. Predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships are annually renewable according to NIH and program guidelines.

Education Requirements: Appointment as a predoctoral trainee requires a bachelors degree; appointment as a postdoctoral trainee requires a PhD or equivalent.

Disciplines Represented: PhD, MS, DVM, Bachelors Degree

Type of Fellowship: Post Graduate or Doctoral - Basic Research

Fellowship Program Director: Virginia Seybold, PhD; program director for 15 years

Description: The goal of this program is to provide an institutional training program that combines a broadly based curricular training in Neuroscience with research training focused upon neuroscience-oriented approaches to substance abuse. Our program provides this training in the context of the interdepartmental Graduate Program in Neuroscience, traditional departmental graduate programs in the basic health sciences and a research environment which is characterized by a critical mass of NIDA-supported investigators who have a productive history of collaborative, interlaboratory research. Predoctoral trainees pursue either a PhD in Neuroscience or minor in Neuroscience with a PhD in a departmentally-based graduate program. Postdoctoral training by its nature is more customized and varied according to trainer and trainee. In principle, rproaches to substance abuse. Our program provides this training in the context of the interdepartmental Graduate Program in Neuroscience, traditional departmental graduate programs in the basic health sciences and a research environment which is characterized by a critical mass of NIDA-supported investigators who have a productive history of collaborative, interlaboratory research. Predoctoral trainees pursue either a PhD in Neuroscience or minor in Neuroscience with a PhD in a departmentally-based graduate program. Postdoctoral training by its nature is more customized and varied according to trainer and trainee. In principle, research conducted by postdoctoral trainees should include collaborative efforts between laboratories so as to insure an experimental neuroscience perspective. Trainees interested in analgesic mechanisms of abused substances and development of alternative therapeutic approaches for management of pain are competitive candidates for funding.

Year Established: 1988

Fellowship Funded by: National Institute of Drug Abuse.

Contact Person:
Virginia S. Seybold, PhD
Department of Neuroscience University of Minnesota
6-145 Jackson Hall
321 Church St., S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-624-9406
http://www.neuroscience.umn.edu/training/drugabuse.html

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Fellowship in Pain Pharmacotherapy Research

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Sponsoring Department: Pharmacotherapy

Length of Program: Two years. Normally a two year program; second year continuation is based on successful progress in the first year.

Size of Program: One fellow per year

Annual Program: Yes

Education Requirements: The successful candidate will hold a PharmD, PhD, or other doctoral degree relevant to clinical science.

Additional Requirements:

  • Good working knowledge of biostatistics and epidemiology
  • Good computer data management skills
  • Excellent patient assessment and communication skills
  • Competent and comfortable working with interdisciplinary clinical and research teams
  • Experience in practice, preferably in ambulatory care or home care is desirable
  • Experience in pharmacy practice residency, or equivalent, is desirable
  • Eligibility for licensure as a pharmacist in Utah is required

Disciplines Represented: PhD and Pharmacy/Pharmacology

Type of Fellowship: Doctoral - Clinical Research

Fellowship Program Director: Arthur Lipman, PharmD

Description: This is a post graduate fellowship for a doctorally-trained pharmacist to develop advanced skills in interdisciplinary pain and symptom control research, specialized pain and palliative care practice, evidence-based health care data synthesis, and pharmacotherapy outcomes related to pain management and palliative care. The fellowship is two calendar years in length. The initial appointment will be for one year and may be extended to two years with concurrence of the fellow and preceptor. The fellow will participate in the assessment and management of at the Pain Management Center of University Hospitals and Clinics, University of Utah Health Sciences Center, Salt Lake City. The objective of the fellowship is to train a pharmacist who already possesses advanced clinical practice skills in pain and palliative care research and practice.

Year Established: 1998

Fellowship Funded by: NIH. Base stipend of $36,000 with opportunities for additional support.

Contact Person:
Arthur G. Lipman, PharmD
Department of Pharmacotherapy
University of Utah Health Sciences Center
Salt Lake City UT 84112-5820
801/581-5986

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Washington University Pain Center

Washington University School of Medicine
St Louis, MO, USA

Sponsoring Department: Department of Anesthesiology

Length of Program: Variable

Size of Program: One fellow per year

Annual Program: Yes

Education Requirements: PhD or MD

Disciplines Represented: MD, PhD

Type of Fellowship: Doctoral - Basic Research

Fellowship Program Director: Robert, Gereau, PhD

Description: Opportunities for postdoctoral research training in Pain Center laboratories performing basic and translational pain research.

Fellowship Funded by: Laboratory Principle Investigators

Contact Person:
Contact Laboratory Principle Investigators
Washington University Pain Center
Washington University School of Medicine
660 S. Euclid Ave, Campus Box 8054
St Louis, MO 63110
314/362-8376
http://paincenter.wustl.edu

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Yale University School of Medicine

New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Sponsoring Department: Department of Anesthesiology

Length of Program: One year

Size of Program: Two fellows per year

Annual Program: Yes

Education Requirements: The Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine follows all minimum selection criteria as delineated in the Institutional Policy on Selection. All applicants for a Fellowship must be (pending) graduates of: 1. An LCME (Liaison Committee on Medical Education)-accredited medical school; or 2. An AOA (American Osteopathic Association)-accredited medical school; or 3. A medical school listed in the World Health Organization Directory of Medical Schools; or have 4. Completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school; and 5. Completion of an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited anesthesiology residency, or its equivalent, is a prerequisite for entry into a subspecialty program of anesthesiology.

Disciplines Represented: MD

Type of Fellowship: Post-Doctoral - Clinical Research

Fellowship Program Director: Gerald Grass, MD FAAMA

Description: The Yale New Haven Hospital-VA Connecticut Healthcare System Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Fellowship is a one-year, ACGME-accredited training program. A total of two fellows are admitted to the program each year. We strive to provide an exciting, challenging, interesting and fulfilling year.

The basic goals of the Yale New Haven Hospital-VA Connecticut Healthcare System Center for Pain Medicine are: 1) Excellence in patient care 2) Excellence in physician training 3) Excellence in clinical and basic research.

We operate in a mode of continual quality improvement. We ask our fellows to work with us to achieve these goals and make this the finest pain program.

The Yale New Haven Hospital-VA Connecticut Healthcare System Center for Pain Medicine Fellowship Program's goal is to train physicians in a full spectrum of expertise in pain medicine through exposure to a wide variety of patients and management strategies. Fellows train in both interventional and medical approaches, and work with a variety of departments, including neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, palliative care, psychiatry, radiology, and others. Also, fellows have an elective month providing the opportunity to individualize the training experience.

There is a well-developed didactic pain medicine curriculum. Conferences focus on chronic pain, cancer pain, interventional and spine related pain, and many other topics. In addition, fellows have administrative and teaching responsibilities. They give lectures and prepare educational materials for residents and medical students rotating through the pain center.

The Yale New Haven Hospital-VA Connecticut Healthcare System Center for Pain Medicine Fellowship Program is a unique training program, affording fellows a closely-knit supportive learning environment with access to the activities and staff of the Yale New Haven Hospital, Yale School of Medicine, VA Connecticut Healthcare System, and other affiliated departments and programs. Fellows are given a broad exposure to clinical processes in treating pain and multiple research projects.

Year Established: 2009

Accreditation: ACGME

Fellowship Funded by: VA Office of Academic Affiliations

Contact Person:
Gerald W Grass, MD, FAAMA
Department of Anesthesiology/186 950 Campbell Avenue
West Haven, CT 06516
203-932-5711 ext 5989
anesthesiology.yale.edu

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