Fellowship - VCU Health Pain Management Fellowship
VCU PM&R / Richmond VAMC
April 3, 2018
Fellowship - Entry Level
ACGME Pain Medicine
Has ACGME Accreditation:
Meets Exam Eligibility for:
ABPMR Pain Medicine
The VCU Health Department of PM&R pain management fellowship is a 1 year clinical training program offering 4 fellow appointments per academic year. This multidisciplinary fellowship has the cooperation of anesthesiology, neurology, and PM&R disciplines which provides the fellows an educational experience that is comprehensive, meaningful and diverse in the care and treatment of patients suffering with chronic pain.
The fellowship is a collaboration among 3 institutions: VA Medical Center, Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Center, and VCU Health System’s Ambulatory Spine Center. Fellows will spend 6 months at the VA Medical Center rotating through the chronic pain clinic, serve as an active member of the neurology team, and participate as an active member of the palliative care interdisciplinary team. There is a dedicated elective in Anesthesiology for fellows with no background in anesthesia integrated in this rotation. All aspects of medication management, interventional injection therapies, occupational and physical therapies and psychosocial interventions are emphasized during this rotation. The fellow will spend 3 months at Sheltering Arms Rehabilitation Center and 3 months at the Ambulatory Surgery Center. During this Outpatient continuity clinic pain experience, fellows are afforded the opportunity to be primarily responsible for a diverse population of patients with chronic malignant and non-malignant cancer pain. There are also opportunities for hands on experience of Interventional techniques as well as surgical implants on this rotation.
Fellows have the opportunity to participate in scholarly activity, didactics, and teaching of PM&R residents. Each fellow is assigned a pain faculty mentor to assist with the development of professional and personal goals as well as supervise their QI or Patient Safety Project. Fellows graduate with the necessary competencies to enter independent practice in Pain Management and the medical knowledge to pass the subspecialty certification examination. Moreover, the comprehensive educational experience and continuous support from the faculty the fellow receives facilitate the total development of pain medicine fellows who become advocates for quality patient care and patient safety as well as effective members or leaders of a health care team.
Procedures Taught: Radiofrequency Denervation Cervical, nerve blocks, Epidural Steroid injection, Discography, Joint and bursa injections, Botox injections, Spinal Cord Stimulator Implant, Spinal cord Stimulator Trial, Pump implant/trial, neuroablative procedures, Ultrasound Guidance, to name a few.