Our fully ACGME-accredited program accepts applications from candidates who have successfully completed or are in the last year of training in an ACGME accredited or approved residency. Two highly competitive fellowship positions for our 12-month Pain Fellowship program are offered each year. The varied training backgrounds and diversity they bring to pain management are recognized and valued.
OurPain Fellowship provides interdisciplinary training in the management of chronic and cancer-related pain. Using a problem-oriented approach, fellows obtain pertinent histories, develop relevant physical examination skills, and order appropriate diagnostic tests in a system-based practice approach. Fellows also develop superior competence in fluoroscopically and ultrasound-guided neural blockade, state-of-the art implantable devices, and radio-frequency techniques.
Augusta University Medical Center is a Level I Trauma Center. In addition to the outpatient clinic, Pain Fellows are part of a multidisciplinary team that comprises the pain consult service for hospitalized patients with chronic pain.
Clinical training in pain-related fields is available in neurology, neurosurgery, sports medicine, addiction medicine, physiatry, radiology and psychiatry with an elective rotation in Anesthesiology available for Non-Anesthesiologists. The curriculum allows pain fellows to experience electives in these primary specialties to meet the individual trainee's needs.
Our fellowship emphasizes interdisciplinary training in state-of-the art pain management techniques for patients with acute, chronic and cancer pain.
The training is primarily based in our Pain Management Clinic and offers case-by-case learning experiences of complex pain challenges including examination, work-up skills, and multimodal pain management. Proficiency in interventional pain management techniques (e.g., implantable devices such as spinal cord stimulator, intrathecal pump, fluoroscopically guided injections, radiofrequency) is emphasized.
Fellows are evaluated on a monthly basis using the Altus One45 Assessment System, receive a mid-year multisource evaluation, and meet regularly with the program director to review their portfolio. A publishable research project and/or a grand rounds presentation is required prior to graduation.
We strictly follow ACGME guidelines to not exceed an 80-hour work week.
Anterpreet Dua, MD
Zhuo Sun, MD