Regional Anesthesia and Perioperative Pain Medicine
The Division of Regional Anesthesiology and Preoperative Pain Medicine is currently under the direction of Stephen D. Lucas, MD. We are a team of attendings, fellows, residents and nurses dedicated to treating patients suffering from acute pain.
The Division offers a competitive, comprehensive 12-month fellowship in acute pain medicine and regional anesthesia. This fellowship loosely adheres to the American Society of Regional Anesthesia’s guidelines for fellowship training. As such fellowships are not ACGME-accredited, we freely adapt these guidelines to suit the specific individual needs of the fellow and the institution. We have 4 fellowship positions. Fellows are required to be licensed in the state of Florida and work as faculty one day a week. That puts us in a position to offer fellows a better salary and other faculty benefits. We also provide fellows with non-clinical academic time to produce research and teaching output. The ultimate goal of the fellowship program is to produce complete Acute Pain Specialists – Consultants in Acute Pain Medicine.
Our division trains anesthesiology residents at the University of Florida at each year of their residency. Resident educational objectives correlate to the residents year of training, allowing a continued and expanding role for residents of all levels. During the CA1 year residents receive an introduction to APM & RA and the main emphasis is on Anatomy. After the CA2 year a resident should be very comfortable in all blocks everyday anesthesiologists would be required to do, and after their CA3 year elective rotation residents should be very comfortable with advanced blocks and how to care for patients with these blocks, especially all continuous neuraxial, paraneuraxial and peripheral nerve blocks.
The division is also involved in multiple research projects involving home-based management of perineural catheters, compartment syndrome, early detection of nerve block onset, unique educational tools and the development of new devices and methods to enhance the safety of regional anesthesia. Through the Office of Technology and Licensing fellows are encouraged to develop and patent commercial products for use in RAPPM. The idea is for them to share in the future profits of such products.