We are excited to announce that the Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship has been named the UF Graduate Medical Education (GME) Program of the Year for 2021-2022. Nominations were accepted only from housestaff and a GME selection committee chose the winner. The fellowship was selected from among 67 highly competitive programs.
This prestigious award is a strong testament to the strengths of the entire Division of Pain Medicine, led by Rene Przkora, M.D., Ph.D., division chief and fellowship director, as well as the hard work of the Anesthesiology Education Office staff and the pain medicine faculty: Amir Jafari, D.O., Sanjeev Kumar, M.D., Matthew Meroney, M.D., Juan Mora, M.D., and Sandra Victor, M.D.
Przkora and Haley Weber, fellowship coordinator, received a plaque during an awards ceremony at the UF College of Medicine Celebration of Excellence Reception on March 15 during Medical Education Week. The award also came with $1,000 for the training program.
In recent years, the fellowship has grown from two to six fellows by using an innovative ACGME-approved funding approach. The program offers training in the most advanced pain interventions ranging from neuromodulation to endoscopic procedures, and it has become nationally recognized. The fellowship is at the forefront of establishing new curricula for our fellows, providing training and access to credentialing after graduation in advanced minimally invasive surgeries such as the Vertiflex spinous spacer, the MILD procedure, and sacroiliac joint fusion. The board certification rate and ACGME survey results are above the national average.
The fellowship continues to innovate to ensure that trainees receive education that positions them to become leaders in the field. This year, the program added an Interventional Spine Subspecialty elective track, which combines innovation, education, improved clinical care, and discovery for the benefit of our trainees, patients, and UF Health.