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Fellowship Training Program:
Fellowship in Pain Medicine

Overview

Mission Statement & History

To provide world-class education to physicians in multidisciplinary pain medicine who will then meet the needs of the community and beyond, by advancing the art and science of pain medicine and assume leadership in the field.

The University of Washington’s history of leadership in pain medicine began in 1960 when Dr. John Bonica started the world’s first multi-disciplinary pain clinic. To learn more about Dr. Bonica’s story watch this TED Talk. Since then, the University of Washington has sustained the mission of providing cutting-edge, comprehensive and compassionate pain care. We are an international leader in education, research, as well as public health policy. Our fellows train alongside the people who are changing the face of pain medicine today.

Curriculum

Our pain medicine fellowship offers a close-knit and supportive learning environment that challenges our fellows to become active learners and skilled teachers. We have five unique training hospitals in the Seattle area allowing our fellows to experience many different practice environments as they determine what type of environment is right for their future practice.

Our training sites include:

  • University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC)
  • Harborview Medical Center (HMC)
  • Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System (VA)
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH)
  • Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA)

There are five fellowship positions available for individuals who have successfully completed a residency accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) by the fellowship start date. We also offer a one-year ACGME-accredited Pediatric Pain Medicine Fellowship. This position is open to fellowship-trained pediatric anesthesiologists and provides multidisciplinary training in both adult and pediatric pain medicine.

Sample Yearly Schedule:

sample schedule
* Please note that the fellowship now starts 8/1


We value our pain fellows' diverse backgrounds, and understand that they have unique training needs and personal goals. With that in mind, we offer a two-week UW Medicine elective, and allow fellows to choose a one-month open elective. Recent samples of electives include:


Two-Week UW Elective

One-Month Open Elective

  1. UW Radiology
  2. UW Palliative Care
  3. Seattle Children’s Hospital
  1. Swedish First Hill Comprehensive Clinic
  2. Virginia Mason
  3. Dr. Hanscom's Pain Clinic at Swedish
  4. Water’s Edge Pain Institute with Dr. Ruiz
  5. Research
  6. Regenerative Medicine with Dr. Brown

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Didactic Curriculum

Our fellowship offers a unique, rich didactic curriculum based on the ACGME pain medicine requirements. Our fellows benefit from a robust, multi-institutional, multidisciplinary didactic schedule that includes:

  1. Fellows' Pain Lecture
    A weekly foundations didactic required for all our fellows using a flip-the-classroom teaching technique. At the beginning of the year each fellow selects topics of interest and works with a faculty member to create a quality, interactive and relevant didactic for the group. The presenting fellow and faculty send out reading/video material ahead of time so everyone is prepared for the discussion-based session.

    For more information on the flipped classroom, please visit this link: http://www.washington.edu/teaching/teaching-resources/engaging-students-in-learning/flipping-the-classroom/

    Link to current Pain Seminar/Journal club calendar:
    2016 Pain Seminar/Journal club calendar
    2017 Pain Seminar/Journal club calendar
    Pain Didactic Canvas: only available to users with UW net ID
  1. Journal Club
    Held weekly and fellow-led under the mentorship of a faculty member.
    2016 Pain Seminar/Journal club calendar
    2017 Pain Seminar/Journal club calendar
    Pain Didactic Canvas: only available to users with UW net ID
  1. UW Spine Summit
  2. VA Opiate Safety Review Board
  3. VA Telepain Case Conference
  4. UW Telepain Case Conference
  5. UW Anesthesiology Grand Rounds

Clinical Experience

The five primary training sites:

  1. University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC): The Center for Pain Relief (CPR) is located in the Roosevelt Clinic. It is the hub of the fellowship and the location of the didactic sessions and Fellows Clinic. CPR offers outpatient clinics, a procedural suite equipped with a 3-D CT scanner, and fluoroscopy. Please visit the UWMC website for more information.
  2. Harborview Medical Center (HMC): Each fellow spends six weeks at HMC. HMC has outpatient chronic pain clinic and procedures, however its main strength is the inpatient pain service. It is the only level 1 trauma center in the five states of the WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho). Please visit the HMC website for more information.
  3. Veterans' Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System (VA): Each adult pain fellow spends two months at the VA. The VA has a comprehensive, cutting-edge pain and functional restoration center. Fellows rotate in the pain clinic and PM&R clinic there. For more information see the VA website.
  4. Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH)
  5. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA)

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Pediatric Pain Fellowship

The University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital are one of only a handful of programs in the United States offering a fellowship focused specifically on pediatric pain that leads to sub-board eligibility in pain medicine. The program aims to train the next generation of leaders in the field of pediatric pain. The successful graduate will possess the knowledge and skills necessary to diagnose and treat an array of acute, recurrent, and chronic pain problems across pediatric age ranges and developmental levels.

While rooted in the general pain medicine fellowship, the pediatric pain fellow will spend more than half of his or her clinical time immersed in the pediatric setting, gaining experiences that are focused specifically on children and adolescents. A year-long continuity clinic in the pediatric setting is core, as are rotations on the inpatient pain consultation service. There are also key rotations in pediatric regional anesthesia, pediatric neurology, pediatric rehabilitation medicine, pediatric palliative care, and child psychiatry. These experiences, combined with those available at UWMC and Harborview, will provide the trainee with a strong foundation in the diagnosis, medical management, and procedural skills needed to practice pediatric pain medicine. The program will also equip fellows with the skills needed to work with an interdisciplinary team, interface with other pediatric specialists in the care of children with pain or discomfort, and to advocate for enhanced prevention and treatment of pain conditions in infants, children, and adolescents.

Faculty

Pain Faculty bios may be found here.

Our Current Pain Fellows

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Our Graduates 2009-2016:

NAME

SPECIALTY

RESIDENCY

CURRENT PRACTICE

GRADUATION

Gray, Burt

PM&R

Wayne State, MI

Florida

2016

Hsu, Amy

Anesthesia

Columbia, NY

Seattle

2016

Lindenberg, David

PM&R

U of MN

California

2016

Massey, Mike

PM&R

Schwab Rehab, IL

Minnesota

2016

Swank, Seth

PM&R

U of MI

Seattle

2016

Jumelle, Patty

Anesthesia

U of IL

Van Buren, AK

2015

Moore, Sean

Psychiatry

Tulane, LA

US Army in Germany

2015

Ng, WeiQing Alan

Anesthesia

U of WA

Seattle, WA

2015

Patri, Murali

Anesthesia

Henry Ford, MI

Detroit, MI

2015

Santos, Jose

PM&R

U of FL

Sioux Falls, SD 

2015

Henry-Socha, Nancy

PM&R

U of MN

Brainerd, MN 

2014

Shah, Kairav

Psychiatry

Harlem Hospital, NY

Secaucus, NJ

2014

Velan, Tomas

Anesthesia

U of WA

Seattle,  WA

2014

Whetstone, Kirk

PM&R

U of WA

Columbus, OH

2014

Wong, Francis

Anesthesia

Cleveland Clinic, OH

Fremont, CA

2014

Amos, Joseph

PM&R

U of TX

Houston, TX

2013

Choi, Paul

Anesthesia

U of WA

Huntington Beach, CA 

2013

Dale, Rebecca

Anesthesia

U of WI

Seattle, WA 

2013

Ghandehari, Javid

Anesthesia

Maimonides, NY

Beverly Hills, CA‎

2013

Pollak, Kelly

Anesthesia

U of UT

Seattle, WA 

2013

Ruiz, Juan

Anesthesia

Temple, NJ

Yakima, WA

2013

Ahn, Sangmin

PM&

Baylor, TX

St Louis, MO

2012

Brown, Michael

PM&R

SUNY  Stonybrook

Bellevue, WA, Monterey, CA

2012

Krashin, Daniel

Psychiatry

TAMC, HI

Seattle, WA 

2012

Lee, Jennifer

Anesthesia

U of WA

Seattle, WA 

2012

Montgomery, Kacey

Anesthesia

U of FL

Central FL 

2012

Bristow, Sandee

PM&R

U of FL

Miami, FL

2011

Chiu, Sheila

Anesthesia

MetroHealth, OH

Seattle, WA 

2011

McQueen, Kit

Anesthesia

U of WA

Seattle, WA 

2011

Singh, Virtaj

PM&R

U of WA

Seattle, WA 

2011

Balch, Trey

PM&R

Baylor, TX

Fort Worth, TX

2010

Baroumand, Fardad

PM&R

Med College of WI

Los Gatos, CA 

2010

Irwin, Dave

Anesthesia

U of FL

Erie, PA

2010

Olamikan, Sola

Anesthesia

SUNY Syracuse

Dallas, TX

2010

Yee, Joyce

Anesthesia

OHSU

Albuquerque, NM 

2010

Amin, Neel

Anesthesia

MC of GA

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

2009

Gardyn, Michael

PM&R

Johns Hopkins, MD

Baltimore, MD

2009

Macek, Tom

Anesthesia

U of FL

Fort Lauderdale, FL 

2009

Mambalam, Praveen

Anesthesia

Montefiore, NY

Seattle, WA

2009

Perez, Edwin

Anesthesia

NJ Med School

Newark, NJ

2009

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FAQs

What is the time table for the application process?
We accept applications beginning December 1 through May 31 in ERAS. Interviews will be conducted between June and September. All positions will be matched via NRMP.
How many positions are available each year?
We have six fully-funded, ACGME-approved positions. One of these six positions is reserved for the pediatric pain fellow and the other five are adult pain positions.
Is your program open to foreign trainees?
We accept applications from international medical graduates who meet all of the following criteria:
  • Completion of an ACGME-accredited residency.
  • Successful completion of all USMLE- or COMLEX steps.
  • Canadian MDs and DOs who are eligible for licensure may substitute documentation of successful completion of LMCC/MCCQE and COMLEX exams, respectively in lieu of USMLE steps.
  • Eligible for an unrestricted Washington State medical license.
  • ECFMG if attended a foreign medical school.
  • ABA board-eligible or certified.

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Application Process

The submission deadline for the fellowship session beginning in 2017 will be closing on May 31, 2016.

At the University of Washington all applications are submitted via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Pain Medicine is in the December cycle, and applications for the 2018-2019 academic year will be accepted beginning December 1, 2016. By that date application requirements will be available from ERAS.

Required documentation:

  • ERAS application
  • CV
  • MSPE
  • Personal statement
  • USMLE or COMLEX
  • Medical school transcript
  • Three letters of reference to include program director

Since we are a multidisciplinary program we do not require in-training exam scores because there is no way to compare the various disciplines.

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: http://www.nrmp.org/

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
E-mail: katibell@uw.edu


Fellowship Director

For further information please contact:

photo of fellowship director

Rebecca Dale, DO

Program Director, Pain Medicine Fellowship
Acting Assistant Professor,
Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine

University of Washington Medical Center
Box 356540
1959 NE Pacific Street
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-598-4594
Email: rdale@uw.edu

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