The UCLA/VA PM&RS Pain Management Program is designed to train prospective fellow(s) in interdisciplinary approaches to the management of pain. Each fellow who completes a pain medicine fellowship training in an accredited institution in pain management will qualify to sit for the American Board of Anesthesiology, subspecialty in Pain Management. The pain fellow will work alongside physiatrists, anesthesiologists, neurologists, pediatricians, psychiatrists and psychologists in obtaining expertise in multidisciplinary pain management. This will include the prescription of physical therapy/modalities, EMG, as well as obtain significant exposure to the use of opiates and adjuvant medications. Substantial training in interventional pain procedures (all spine levels) and minor surgical procedures (pumps and dorsal column stimulators) will also be emphasized. In addition to general musculoskeletal pain disorders, there will be a great deal of exposure to headache and facial pain, palliative and cancer pain, and EMG diagnostics. The pain fellow will also be responsible for the coordination of patient care between various services and assist in the education of PM&R residents as well as medical students.
Procedures Taught: Lumbar , cervical, and thoracic spine injections (discogram, epidural, facets, RFA, etc.), intrathecal pumps, spinal cord stimulators, khyphoplasty, vertebroplasty, peripheral joint injections, EMG
Director: Quynh Pham, MD