Pain Medicine

The GW Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine provides a one year, ACGME Accredited, Pain Medicine Fellowship.  Our MISSION is to train leaders in Pain Medicine who are competent to work in a multidisciplinary, diverse and patient-centered environment to deliver technologically advanced, academically rigorous and morally just care for patients.

The program AIMS are to:

1. Prioritize innovative practice and encourage academic engagement in teaching and scholarship;
2. Explore multidisciplinary care of pain in a variety of practice settings; and
3. Train competent clinicians in the care of a myriad of patient populations, including pediatrics, for the urban-based practice of pain medicine.

GW Pain Medicine fellows will practice at three sites:

1. George Washington University Hospital;
2. Children's National Hospital; and
3. District of Columbia Veterans' Affairs Hospital. 
The diversity of practice settings will amplify a fellow's exposure to the breadth of pain medicine.  At these sites, fellows will experience out-patient practice at the GW Spine and Pain Center, the GW Ambulatory Surgery Center, inpatient chronic pain medicine consults, and acute pain medicine consults.  Electives built into the curriculum include Neurology, Palliative Medicine, Rehabilitation Medicine, Behavioral Medicine, Addiction Medicine, and Pediatric Pain Medicine. The Neurology rotation includes headache clinic, spasticity clinic, and neurophysiologic testing. Longitudinal clinical exposures will include neuroimaging and opioid use disorder clinic. An additional week of elective may be offered in research, complementary medicine, addiction medicine, neuroradiology, neurology, pediatric pain medicine, rehabilitative medicine, acute pain medicine, and health policy. 

The didactic portion of the fellowship requires the fellow to provide case presentations, to present journal club articles, to participate in key word discussions, and to present at a national meeting. The fellow will participate in all didactic sessions led by faculty on a weekly basis to support a well-rounded curriculum that is compliant with ACGME requirements.  Fellows will be expected to participate in patient safety and quality improvement activities as well as in the education of residents and students.

GW Pain Medicine fellows are strongly encouraged to participate in research and complete a project under the guidance of faculty.  Funding will be available to support the presentation and publication of research efforts.

Qualified and interested candidates will be eligible for a Pediatric Pain Medicine-focused fellowship.  Click the link for details on the Pediatric Pain Medicine-focused fellowship at Children's National.

Please review our application materials.

Thank you for your interest,

May Chin, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology
co-Director, Pain Medicine
Director, Pain Medicine Fellowship