Curriculum, Lectures & Research


Our twelve-month Pain Medicine Fellowship training program is designed to meet and exceed the current Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-required curriculum. Each fellow will:

  • Attend weekly educational conferences
  • Participate in clinical care of patients with both progressive autonomy and clinical continuity demonstrated throughout the year
  • Meet competency-based goals and objectives under the supervision of specialists trained in each respective rotation
         - Anesthesia - IV placement, sedation, airway and ACLS
         - Psychiatry - mental examination and psychological therapies
         - Physical medicine - electrodiagnostic studies and musculoskeletal pain disorders and therapies
         - Neurology - neurologic examination, neuro-imaging, and head pain disorders
  • Provide in-patient clinical care for Acute, Chronic, Cancer and Palliative Pain
  • Receive interventional training including, but not limited to:
         - Spinal injection of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine
         - Injection of major joints
         - Sympathetic Blocks
         - Intradiscal procedures
         - Spinal Cord Stimulation
         - Intrathecal Drug Delivery


Pain Medicine Fellows are given one to three morning lectures each week, hosted by faculty and/or other fellows. Fellows are expected to participate through giving lectures at the resident and intern level of training. Finally, fellows will participate in quarterly journal club meetings. 


Each Pain Medicine Fellow will participate in at least one academic project during the course of their training. The University of Michigan Pain Fellowship strongly encourages and enthusiastically supports trainees to present an academic project at a national conference. These conferences may include the American Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Annual Conference, The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, The American Academy of Pain Medicine, The American Pain Society, and The American Society of Anesthesiologists Annual Conference.