Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care: School of Medicine: University of California, Irvine
Education

Fellowship in Pain Medicine

The pain medicine training program at UC Irvine is the first of its kind as we are the only academic pain medicine program in Orange County. We boast an Accreditation Council Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited program in excellent standing.

Pain Fellows

Truly interdisciplinary, the fellow will become an expert at interventional pain management, opioid and adjunctive medication management, as well as non-interventional pain management. Personalized physical and occupational therapy, offloading therapy, acupuncture, advanced interventional procedures, electrodiagnostics, psychological and cognitive therapies, and regional anesthesia are common treatment modalities used at the UC Irvine Medical Center. Fellows will be well prepared to treat patients holistically.

For more information on the UC Irvine Health Center for Pain & Wellness, visit:

www.ucipain.com

UC Irvine School of Medicine has ACGME accredited residency training programs in anesthesiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, radiology and psychiatry, hospice and palliative care. With a renewed focus on multi-specialty training, each fellow will rotate through key pain related fields, such as rehabilitation medicine, anesthesiology, neuroradiology, palliative care, neurology, and psychiatry. As a Level I Trauma Center, a stroke center and the only academic pain program in Orange County, we guarantee your fellowship training will be excellent.

Fluro ProcedureThe fellowship provides both outpatient chronic pain clinical care and procedures and runs a busy inpatient pain service that will provide fellows exposure to a high volume and a large variety of ultrasound guided nerve blocks. We also have a unique group of faculty with additional expertise in pediatric pain, practice management, and quality and safety, including leading in safe opioid prescribing.

We have strong pain medicine research interests, with a pediatric pain program and numerous opportunities for basic and clinical pain research. These opportunities lie both within our own division and within the university, which is known nationally for its research in stem cell biology and spinal cord injury.

Imagine a truly integrative fellow education in patient centered pain management. Imagine competency in basic and advanced interventional techniques, medical and pharmacotherpeutic pain management, musculoskeletal ultrasound, electro diagnostics, spasticity management, psychological management (including cognitive behavioral therapy and meditation therapies) with training in personalized occupational and physical therapy prescription writing, the use of the physical modalities, exercise techniques, acupuncture, prosthetics, orthotics and even regional anesthesiology techniques. The future is here.

Training

Fellows here will be experiencing the following during their fellowship:

  • Performance of a full complement of neuraxial and sympathetic injections
  • Peripheral injections in the clinic
  • Trialing, implantation, and management of dorsal column and peripheral nerve stimulators
  • Intrathecal pump trial/implantation, refill technique, and management
  • Radiofrequency therapies
  • Performance and interpretation of EMG and nerve conduction studies
  • Teach billing and coding, on each procedure and clinic visit
  • Ultrasound guided regional anesthesia techniques
  • Thoracic epidurals for thoracic trauma
  • Botulinum toxin therapy for the treatment of pain and spasticity
  • Develop personalized physical and occupational therapy programs
  • Prescribe appropriate prosthetics and orthotics
  • Prescribe pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies
  • Prescribe opioid and non-opioid analgesics
  • Refer and follow patients undergoing pain psychology interventions

Application Process

As an ACGME accredited Pain Medicine Fellowship, the fellowship participates in the NRMP’s (National Resident Matching Program) Pain Medicine Match.

Applications for the fellowship will be accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®).

Contact Information

Please direct all inquiries to (email preferred):

Britney Prince
Fellowship Coordinator
Email: anesthfellowship@uci.edu
Phone: 714-456-5835

Danielle Perret Karimi, MD
Interim Program Director
Associate Clinical Professor

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