Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship
The JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute offers a one-year ACGME accredited multidisciplinary fellowship opportunity in Pain Medicine.
The fellowship emphasizes a comprehensive approach to pain and integrates several areas of pain medicine including interventional pain management, chronic pain management, rehabilitation medicine, cancer pain and palliative care, acute pain, anesthesiology, neurology, psychiatry, and pain psychology. In addition to experience in the above specialties, the fellow is involved in clinical research and quality improvement projects throughout the year.
The fellowship is open to a board-eligible/board-certified physiatrist, anesthesiologist, neurologist, or psychiatrist. The fellow will engage in supervised patient care and didactics in the following locations: JFK Medical Center, JFK Johnson Rehabilitation Institute, Roosevelt Care Center in Edison, NJ, and University Pain Medicine Center in Somerset, NJ. These facilities are centrally located in the NY/NJ metropolitan area.
The Growing Field of Pain Medicine
The field and education of Pain Medicine is evolving every year to fully encompass its multidisciplinary nature. Pain physicians are tasked with becoming well versed in the pharmacological, interventional, psychological, and mechanical aspects of pain management and treatment. Our fellowship is geared to produce a board-certified physician who is confident in all of these disciplines to be able to offer comprehensive treatment strategies.
The learning objectives encompass the six core competencies and include training in a variety of areas of pain medicine including, acute pain, chronic pain, cancer pain, and hospice and palliative care. During the fellowship year, the trainee will:
- Learn and perform thorough assessments of patients in acute and chronic nonmalignant and malignant pain and develop and implement treatment plans using clinical and scientific data and patient preference.
- Effectively communicate diagnoses and treatment plans to patients in the inpatient and outpatient setting
- Competently perform all medical and invasive procedures considered essential for managing pain which include, but are not limited to:
- Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar spinal interventions under Fluoroscopy including epidural injections, targeted facet injections, and sympathetic
- Minor and major joint or bursa injections
- Ultrasound-guided Nerve blocks
- Trigger point injections
- Neurolytic techniques including chemical and radiofrequency ablation
- lntradiscal procedures including discography
- Placement of Spinal cord stimulators
- Placement of permanent spinal drug delivery systems
- Become well experienced in chronic opioid management including the pharmacologic basis for various anti-inflammatory, opioid, and adjuvant medications in addition to awareness of adverse reactions and potential
- Be exposed to the psychiatric and psychological approaches to pain management
- Attend daily inpatient acute and chronic pain consultation rounds
- Demonstrate expertise in basic airway intubation
- Attend weekly lectures including journal clubs and incorporate the didactic teaching nto the management of their patient’s pain
- Develop the ability to critically appraise evidence about treatment effectiveness as it relates to pain medicine and engage in a research