Pain Medicine Fellowship

Overview

The Division of Pain Medicine offers a one-year fellowship that produces physicians who are not only technically skilled in interventional pain management, but become leaders in the field of Pain Medicine, including all aspects of acute and chronic pain in ambulatory and hospitalized patients.

The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA).

Training will emphasize the ability to analyze and manage clinical problems, and to arrive at innovative and practical solutions using procedural, psychological, pharmacotherapeutic, physiatric, and physical therapies.

The Pain Medicine Fellowship scored high and above the national average in all satisfaction categories based on a recent fellow survey.

Mission

Our program’s mission is to expose fellows to a variety of multidisciplinary pain medicine cases across multiple facilities and institutions and thereby provide the impetus for basic science and research along with experiential learning that leads to the growth and development of fellows who become board certified pain physicians and leaders of pain medicine throughout the world.

Goals & Objectives

Our program’s aims are reflected in the following goals and objectives.

  1. Expanding and applying medical knowledge through scholarly activity, as measured by the number of publications, presentations, and other documented contributions.
    • Objectives to meet this goal are:
      • Facilitate each fellow’s participation in basic, applied, or clinical outcomes research.
      • Ensure that each fellow contributes to the specialty in a documentable way, including, but not limited to presentations at local, regional, national, or international conferences, peer-reviewed journal publications, peer-reviewed online educational or research platforms such as the Anesthesia Toolbox, and participation in educational activities for the community, medical professionals and patients.
  2. Ensure that fellows are well-prepared to treat our community’s diverse patient population with the latest advances in pain management, as measured by successful graduation from the Fellowship and/or Board certification rates at or above the national average.
    • Objectives to meet this goal are:
      • Provide a comprehensive training program across a variety of settings, including care for in-patients, ambulatory/outpatients (continuity clinic), patients with cancer pain, and patients in need of palliative care.
      • Provide a multidisciplinary training program to offer the most advanced pain assessment and therapies to our patient population outlined in objective 1.
      • Provide didactic and clinical training so that fellows can identify patients at risk or with addictive behaviors and discuss treatment options and implement appropriate referrals.
  3. Establish in our fellows a culture of patient safety and quality improvement as measured by documented fellow contributions to departmental and/or institutional patient safety and quality improvement efforts.
    • Objectives to meet this goal are:
      • Facilitate each fellow’s involvement in specific, measurable patient safety/quality improvement initiatives.
      • Provide each fellow with training on root cause analysis.
  4. Prepare graduates of our program to address the opioid crisis in Florida and across the country, as measured by fellow contributions to addiction education efforts in the department, institution, and community.
    • Objectives to meet this goal are:
      • Provide didactic and clinical training so that fellows can identify patients at risk or with addictive behaviors and discuss treatment options and implement appropriate referrals.
      • Provide didactic and clinical education on options for non-opioid pain management modalities.

Program Highlights

Pain Fellowship Eligibility

  • You must have completed (by June 30th) an ACGME-accredited residency program in one of the following five medical disciplines:
    • Anesthesiology
    • Neurology
    • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM & R)
    • Psychiatry
    • Emergency Medicine

Fellowship Director

Rene Przkora, MD, PhD

Our fellowship is managed by the Program Director and Chief of the Chronic Pain Medicine Division