Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship
Thank you very much for your interest in our Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship Program. We certainly welcome all qualified applicants to apply for this fellowship position.
Our Division offers a focused and comprehensive 12-month training program for our fellows. We have set up a strong curriculum to meet the fellow’s Acute Pain training requirements. We generally follow the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Fellowship guideline, but because this is not an ACGME-accredited fellowship, we freely adapt this guideline to suit the individual needs of the fellow and the institution.
Apart from training fellows to become true consultants, we also emphasize academic productivity and our fellows are expected to participate in manuscript writing and present their work at a national or international meeting. In the past, our fellows have also contributed to textbook chapters, review articles, and editorials. We provide ample dedicated academic time. To prepare fellows in critical reading of the literature, we formally introduce them to the process of evaluating manuscripts submitted to peer-reviewed journals for publication. (We are not involved in the treatment of chronic pain syndromes, but we do consult with patients with cancer pain and acute pain situations due to or resulting in chronic pain syndromes).
1. By the end of your fellowship year here at the University of Florida, you should have the following skills:
Be a true consultant in Acute Pain. That would mean, among other skills:
Set up and manage an in/outpatient Acute Pain Service
Be fully equipped to use nerve stimulators and ultrasound to place single-injection and continuous peripheral, paravertebral, and neuraxial blocks
Fully understand indications, risks, etc. of nerve blocks, when not to do blocks, and how to stay out of trouble
Teach, “trouble-shoot,” and “rescue” blocks
Optimally treat any form of acute pain, especially perioperative pain
2. Be an expert in Regional Anesthesia Anatomy:
You will have access to cadaver dissections
Instruct our residents
3. Consult with industry to develop new acute pain equipment
4. Critically read and evaluate manuscripts submitted pre- and post-publication
5. Understand the perioperative surgical issues of most surgical procedures
Each year, our faculty have been invited to speak and give workshops at local, state, national, and international meetings and Fellows are given the opportunity to travel with our faculty participants. In addition, Andrè Boezaart returns to his native homeland in South Africa annually and offers our fellows the opportunity (as part of their fellowship) to have an observership (and to teach) in South Africa. These are amazing opportunities and have been very popular with past fellows.
Training involves both inpatient and outpatient acute and perioperative pain management. We accept five Fellow/Associates per year. Our fellows will have to be qualified to be appointed as Fellow/Associates, meaning that they will have to be qualified to receive hospital privileges to work 20% of their time as OR Anesthesiology faculty. This allows us to ease fellows into the consultant role and it also allows us to offer Fellow/Associates a much more competitive salary, and vastly improving their benefit and leave package. Fellows are allowed 15 days (3 weeks) vacation, 5 days (1 week) sick leave, 5 meeting days, and $2000 in their Professional Development Fund.
This fellowship position currently requires an active Florida medical license. We suggest that you view the website for information on applying for this license. We can accept international students who have an H1 visa and can obtain a Florida medical license.
Fellowship positions at the University of Florida are heavily competitive, and we have an abundance of very dedicated and well-trained faculty that oversee the fellowship training here in Gainesville. I therefore urge you to send your application in as early as possible to the address below so that we can arrange for an interview.
Applications are received and reviewed on a first come, first served basis. A decision to invite selected applicants for an interview will be made on a rolling basis. Interviews of selected candidates will take place throughout the year. Click here for a PDF application.
Linda Le-Wendling, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
Director, Acute Pain Fellowship Program
Tel: (352) 846-0913