Pain Medicine Fellowship
The Department of Anesthesiology offers four positions yearly (three in July and one in January) for a one year ACGME accredited fellowship supported by Henry Ford Health System, one of the largest and most respected integrated health care delivery systems in the country. Our fellows utilize the latest technology and train from a highly skilled clinical staff at Henry Ford Hospital, a nationally renowned specialty care, teaching and research institution that is the flagship of Henry Ford Health System.
Fellows benefit from being exposed to a wide spectrum and large number of patients, as our hospital serves the metropolitan population of Detroit as well as the surrounding suburbs. This provides an exceptional environment for learning because of the multiple populations we serve and the breadth of experience they provide.
The goal of the Pain Medicine Fellowship is to provide trainees with an intellectual environment conducive to acquiring the knowledge, skills, clinical judgment, and attitudes that are essential for becoming an exceptional Pain Medicine physician. Both the multidisciplinary faculty and the sponsoring institution are fully committed to providing the educational programs, resources, and facilities necessary to meet this goal.
Upon completion of this program, our fellows have acquired the knowledge, skills and techniques necessary to develop their own pain center and are able to evaluate and treat all types of painful conditions, using both conventional and alternative therapies, including the latest invasive technologies.
Our fellows receive extensive training in the multidisciplinary evaluation and management of acute pain, and both malignant and non-malignant chronic pain. Furthermore, our program is unique in that we offer training in both the pharmacological and psychological management of pain states, as well as training in invasive management including neurolytic blockade, placement of spinal cord stimulators, epidural and intrathecal pumps, radiofrequency thermocoagulation, discography, nucleoplasty and fluoroscopically guided procedures.
In addition, trainees learn about complementary medical management such as acupuncture as massage therapy. Structured rotations in several other disciplines are arranged for the fellow as part of their training.
The Pain Medicine Fellowship Program at Henry Ford has a well-established didactic program that instills a strong scientific base of knowledge and understanding in our fellows. We offer the following conferences:
- Daily teaching rounds on the Acute Pain Service
- Weekly Pain Medicine lectures
- Monthly interdisciplinary Pain Medicine Journal Club
- Monthly quality assessment/improvement and morbidity/mortality conferences
- Visiting lecturers in pain medicine
- Interdisciplinary meetings
One of the greatest strengths of our program is the commitment to excellence of our staff. We have four full-time teaching faculty members devoted to the Pain Medicine team, providing our fellows with a group of focused and experienced health care professionals to learn from. Furthermore, each fellow is given the opportunity to work closely with each member of the Pain Medicine Fellowship staff and specialists in several other disciplines.
Residents or graduates from allopathic residencies in Anesthesiology, PMR, Neurology and Psychiatry are eligible to apply. Applicants can request an application by contacting the Fellowship Program Coordinator. Completed applications are forwarded to the Program Director. Applicants are required to submit a completed application form, a curriculum vitae, a personal statement, three letters of recommendation, a copy of their medical licenses and their ACGME Board exam results, if available. The deadline for applications is May 31 for the January position and June 30 for the following year’s July positions.