Pain Medicine

The Pain Medicine Fellowship provides trainees with an intellectual environment conducive to acquiring the knowledge, skills, clinical judgment and attitudes that are essential for becoming an exceptional pain management physician.

This fellowship is co-sponsored by the the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, the Department of Anesthesiology, Fairview Medical Group and the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VA). Across the multiple training sites within the program, fellows are exposed to a diverse environment of multidisciplinary pain management, where training and staff clinicians from many specialties work together. 

Accreditation Info

Director: Franz Macedo, DO - Appointed, July 2015
Program Coordinator: Beth Tanguay

Original Accreditation Date: February, 2013
Accreditation Status: Continued Accreditation
Accreditation Effective Date: April 15, 2016
Accredited Length of Training: 1 Year
Program Format: Standard

Last Site Visit Date: February 10, 2016

Program Requires Prior or Additional GME Training: Yes
Number of Prior or Additional Years Required: 4
Program Requires Dedicated Research Year: No
Government Affiliation: Rotate at the Minneapolis VA

ACGME Approved Positions: Year 1 = 4
ACGME Filled Positions: 4 (2017-2018)

Program Mission & Goals

Overview

We aim to train future leaders in pain medicine. This is accomplished through developing advanced knowledge and skills in managing patients in pain while practicing excellent patient care and participating in a rigorous didactic environment. Across the multiple training sites within the program, fellows are exposed to a diverse environment of multidisciplinary pain management where training and staff clinicians from many specialties work together.

The clinical experiences offered across the sponsoring sites are exceptionally varied. Our patient population ranges from adults to children, inpatients to outpatients, and to patients with pain ranging from acute postoperative to chronic cancer and nonmalignant pain. Fellows are exposed to the full range of pain treatments from interventional to medical and from a medical model to behavioral rehabilitation. The clinical education is integrated with didactic teaching sessions starting with basic foundations of pain management, advancing to more detailed management, new treatments and technology within the pain medicine specialty.

Educational Mission

The mission of the Pain Medicine Fellowship is to provide trainees with an intellectual environment conducive to acquiring the knowledge, skills, clinical judgment and attitudes that are essential for becoming an exceptional pain management physician.

Educational Objectives

Pain medicine and management is a rapidly evolving field that draws from many disciplines including anesthesiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, psychiatry, oncology, palliative care, rheumatology and general medicine.

Pain problems are an important aspect of every medical and surgical specialty and there is a rapidly growing body of sophisticated basic science that forms the foundation of new therapies for complex pain problems. In order to meet the diverse educational needs of fellows specializing in pain medicine, the Pain Medicine Fellowship must provide a diverse patient and faculty base to promote a well-rounded educational experience.

Educational Goals

At the completion of this fellowship, fellows will be able to:

  • Understand the concepts of the impact of nociception, suffering and pain behavior on the pain complaint
  • Understand the fundamental principles and skills involved in the evaluation and management of acute, chronic and cancer pain
  • Characterize a variety of painful conditions and develop appropriate treatment plans
  • Participate in a pain management team and understand the biopsychosocial model of chronic pain
  • Participate in shared care of a pain patient and understand the concept of interdisciplinary care
  • Demonstrate independent thought and action in assessing and managing a problem appropriate for the level of experience or expertise
  • Demonstrate independence in performing basic pain interventional procedures

Overall Program Goals

  • Support opportunities to individualize the fellowship program to match the objectives of the trainee
  • Maintain a diverse faculty and patient group to create a balanced and varied educational experience
  • Educate and train fellows in superior patient care
  • Foster an environment for personal learning and research in the field of pain management

Contact us

Questions:

Beth Tanguay
Program Coordinator
tanguay@umn.edu
612-626-5578

Send mail to:

Pain Medicine Fellowship Program
c/o Beth Tanguay
420 Delaware Street SE
MMC 297
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Program and policy manuals

For information that applies to all fellows in a training program at the University of Minnesota, consult the Institution Policy Manual. Information in the Institution Policy Manual takes precedence over the Program Manual in cases where there is conflict.