Fellowship - Interventional Spine and Musculoskeletal Medicine, Desert Spine and Sports Physicians
Desert Spine and Sports Physicians
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
ACGME Sports Medicine
ABPMR Sports Medicine
Has ACGME Accreditation:
More than 1 day
Hospital, Public and Private
4 openings available.
Thank you for your interest in our fellowship!
Created in 2011, the DSSP 12 month fellowship program strives to provide comprehensive interventional spine, sports, and musculoskeletal education in a private practice setting that stresses ethical and evidence-based medicine. We are a NASS Recognized Interventional Spine and Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellowship. We have six board-certified PM&R physicians who practice out of three offices in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Mesa which include fluoroscopic procedure suites and on-site physical therapy.
We select two to four fellows each year who work directly under the supervision of the DSSP physicians. A typical week consists of a blend of both outpatient clinic and fluoroscopic spine and joint procedures. Outpatient clinic includes evaluating and managing spine (70%) and musculoskeletal (30%) pain, performing comprehensive neuromuscular examinations, and ordering and interpreting diagnostic images including pain films, MRI and CT. Outpatient clinic also includes electrodiagnostic studies, ultrasound-guided injections, PRP, and prolotherapy. We see patients across the lifespan with acute and chronic pain however we do not utilize chronic opiate management.
The fellows also present articles at our monthly community journal club and deliver a monthly didactic to the practice on spine and musculoskeletal topics. Formal teaching is also provided by the attendings each month on various topics. Finally teaching is also provided on coding and billing and practice management.
Requirements for application to the DSSP fellowship include the following:
Completion of an ACGME accredited residency program in PM&R
ABPMR board-certified or eligible
Three letters of recommendation
SAE scores PGY2 and PGY3
Applications should be emailed to Kathryn Meloy, DSSP Practice Administrator at email@example.com. Applications will be accepted after January 1, 2023. After completed application materials are received, we will review the materials and contact selected residents for an interview. The interview will take place over one day with time spent with physicians and fellows in the clinic and procedure suite in two offices. The fellowship start date is July 2024, however the start date is flexible pending approval of the fellowship director.
Fluoroscopically-guided spine and joint procedures
Cervical, thoracic, and lumbar epidural injections (interlaminar, transforminal, caudal)
Cervical, thoracic, and lumbar selective nerve root injections
Cervical, thoracic, and lumbar facet and medial branch block injections
Cervical, thoracic, and lumbar radiofrequency ablation
Desert Spine and Sports Physicians is dedicated to the to the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of spine, sports and musculoskeletal pain and injury. We are committed to improving the quality of lives of all patients across the lifespan with comprehensive, compassionate, and innovative medical care.