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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 pain management at the postgraduate level.

There are five fellowship positions available for academic year 2016-2017 for individuals who have successfully completed a residency accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) by July 2016. 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 provides educational experiences 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.

Graduating Residency Class of 2015

2015-2016 pain fellows at a didactics session

Left to right: Amy Hsu, MD; Burt Gray, DO; Seth Swank, DO;
David Lindenberg, DO; and Mike Massey, DO

Application Process

The NRMP dates for the fellowship 2016 application season have not yet been released. They will likely be at similar times of the year to the ones for 2015 which were:

2016 Match Timeline

NRMP Match opens for registration June 22, 2016
Rank order list entry begins August 3, 2016
Rank order list deadline September 21, 2016, 9:00 pm ET
Match day, results posted to website October 5, 2016

NMRP website:

The Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) is now available for applications to pain fellowships beginning in 2016, and the University of Washington will be taking advantage of that service as well. We are in the December cycle, and applications will be accepted beginning December 1, 2014. By that date application requirements will be available from ERAS.

Required documentation:

  • ERAS application
  • CV
  • MSPE
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical School Transcript
3 LOR’s to include program director

Contact us

Please direct 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:

photo of fellowship director

Rebecca Dale, DO
Acting Assistant Professor,
Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine
Program Director, Pain Medicine Fellowship

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

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