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Fellowship in Pain Medicine

Starting in 1993 the UC San Diego Pain Medicine Fellowship has offered specialist training in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain syndromes, cancer and palliative care, and acute pain. Our fellows learn to employ a multidimensional treatment approach that includes physical therapies, pharmacologic agents, psychological therapies, as well as a broad array of interventional techniques. The program’s multidisciplinary training of pain fellows includes core faculty from anesthesia, PM&R and neurology. Fellows also receive training from guest lecturers and rotation faculty from psychiatry, psychology, palliative medicine, pediatric anesthesia, orthopedic surgery, radiology, rheumatology, and physical therapy. We accept fellowship applicants from all four of the core disciplines: Anesthesia, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurology, and Psychiatry. Clinical training occurs primarily at UC San Diego Health System’s Center for Pain Medicine outpatient and procedures clinics in La Jolla and at San Diego Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) pain clinic and interventional pain procedure suite, also in La Jolla, California. Additionally, fellows consult on inpatients at UC San Diego’s Thornton and Hillcrest Hospitals. Fellows have rotations in Psychiatry, Pediatric pain, Neuro-Radiology and Palliative Care. Each fellow receives 5 to 6 weeks of protected research time during which they may concentrate on a project of their choosing. Fellows are paired with a research mentor who works closely with them throughout the 12 month fellowship. Lectures on research, diagnosis, and management of pain are held weekly and cover a wide range of topics required by the ACGME. Pain Medicine grand rounds are also held weekly and include M&M case conferences, multidisciplinary grand rounds with the pain psychology department, Palliative Care Service joint case conferences, Journal Clubs, Radiology Rounds, Research Forums and a quarterly joint case tele-conference with UC Davis Pain Medicine Program.

The UC San Diego Pain Medicine Fellowship offers four positions per year.

Applications for the 2016 fellowship year will be accepted from February 1, 2015 – May 15, 2015.

Download Pain Medicine Fellowship Application  (See full requirements below)

Fellows

2011-2012 2012-2013
Benjamin Beal, MD Leo Lombardo, MD
Leng Ky, MD Zaid Malik, MD
Terry Pexton, DO Christopher Noto, MD
Brandon Valine, MD David Hiller, MD - December 2013
   
2013-2014 2014-2015
Michael Sein, MD Jeffrey Chen, MD – November 2014
Amol Patwardhan, MD Taghogho Agarin, MD, MPH
David Hiller, MD - December 2013 David Bui, MD
Jeffrey Chen, M.D. Robert McLay, MD, PhD

Lei Shi, MD, PhD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clinical Research Opportunities:

  • Phase II and III contract studies on pharmacologic interventions
  • Effect of pharmacological interventions on neurosenation
  • Outcome model for chronic pain and operant cognitive therapies
  • Opioids and sleep disordered breathing
  • CRPS and deep tissue perfusion

Laboratory Research Opportunities:

  • Preclinical models
  • Peripheral nerve models, toxicology models, spinal cord tissue prep, physiological and behavior models

Interested Candidates Should Send:

  • Download Pain Medicine Fellowship Application  
  • Report of Performance  
  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • U.S.M.L.E. Scores 
  • Specialty In-Service Scores
  • 3 letters of reference
  • Dean's letter - Medical School
  • Report of Performance / Residency / Internship
  • Copies of current certificates of licensure to practice medicine (Need any others, i.e. DEA, Radiology, etc)
  • Copy of your Medical School Diploma
  • Current Photo
  • ECFMG if applicable

Applications will be accepted from February 1st – May 15th for positions starting the next year.

Mail to:

Timothy Furnish, MD
ATTN: Debra Kerrigan, Pain Fellowship Coordinator
UCSD, Dept of Anesthesiology
9300 Campus Point Drive, Mail Code 7651
La Jolla, CA 92037

For further information, contact:
Debra Kerrigan
Pain Fellowship Coordinator
painfellowship@ucsd.edu
(858) 657-7072

Incomplete Applications will not be considered.  Please contact us two weeks after sending to ensure completeness.

Timothy Furnish, MD
Director of Pain Fellowship Program
Department of Anesthesiology

Thornton Hospital
9300 Campus Point Dr., MC 7651
La Jolla, CA 92037

Office: (858) 657-7030
FAX: (858) 657-7035
E-mail: tfurnish@ucsd.edu