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Fellowship Training Program:
Fellowship in Pain Medicine


The University of Washington (UW) Center for Pain Relief offers a 12-month fellowship in pain medicine for physicians who wish to specialize in the management of pain at the postgraduate level.

There are five fellowship positions available for academic year 2015-2016 for individuals who have successfully completed a residency accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) by the beginning of the 2015 academic year. Training is provided for non-anesthesiologists in critical emergency airway and resuscitation management skills required for interventional pain practitioners.

The Pain Medicine Fellowship involves clinical activities at the UW Medicine affiliate hospitals: the University of Washington Medical Center, the University of Washington Center for Pain Relief at Roosevelt, the VA Puget Sound Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center. A one- month elective rotation is offered.

The Fellowship is designed to provide an educational experience covering all aspects of the management of patients with pain, and for those who are interested, an opportunity to develop research and teaching activities. The program is accredited by ACGME and the American Board of Anesthesiology, and qualifies its graduates to sit for the Examination of Special Competence in Pain Management.

The UW Center for Pain Relief is operated by the UW Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, and the faculty consists of an aggregate with representatives from the Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. Fellows will work with faculty trained in pain medicine, anesthesiology, neurology, rehabilitation medicine, psychiatry, psychology, dentistry, internal medicine, integrative medicine, radiology, palliative care and addiction medicine among other specialties.

2013-14 Graduating Pain Fellows


Almost all pain medicine programs in the United States have agreed to participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for pain fellowships.

You will be completing applications requested by the specific institutions to which you are applying. We at the University of Washington are using the universal pain medicine application posted below.

As of January 7, 2014 he NRMP has not yet determined its timeline for fellowship year 2015-2016, but there is a good chance that the following dates for 2014-2015 will be similar to the eventual ones that are chosen. To be eligible for consideration by the program, the program administrator must have received your application by July 31, 2014.

2013-2014 Match Timeline

Applications accepted January 1 - July 31, 2014
NRMP Match opens for registration June 4, 2014
Rank order list entry begins August 6, 2014
Rank order list deadline September 25, 2014
Match day, results posted to website October 8, 2014
Fellowship begins July 1, 2014

NMRP website:

Residents who wish to apply for the UW Pain Fellowship may use the link above to access the online Universal Pain Medicine Application. The application material should be submitted TO THE PROGRAM COORDINATOR, Kati Koszegvari. Any material sent to the Program Director will be delayed.

Electronic documents are strongly preferred.

In addition to the application form, these are the documents required for application:

List of required application documents:

  • CV
  • Universal Pain Medicine Application INCLUDING VISA AND CITIZENSHIP SECTION
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from the residency director and/or chair
  • Medical School Performance Evaluation
  • In-Training Examination (ITE) scores
  • ECFMG if applicable

Electronic documents are strongly preferred.

Contact us

Please direct application material and questions to:

Kati Koszegvari
Fellowship Program Administrator
Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine
University of Washington, Box 356540
1959 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98195-6540

phone: 206-221-6453 / fax: 206-543-2958

Fellowship Director

For further information please contact:

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Irakli Soulakvelidze
Clinical Assistant Professor,
Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine
Program Director, Pain Medicine Fellowship

University of Washington Medical Center, Box 356540
1959 NE Pacific
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-598-4594

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