Pediatric Pain Training Programs

  • Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado, Denver, Colorado
  • Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
  • Stanford Children’s Health, Stanford, California
  • University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

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Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

Pediatric Pain Fellowship at the Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital; Harvard Medical School (Submitted by Dr. Christine Greso)

Boston Children’s Hospital offers a one year Pediatric Pain Medicine fellowship that provides multidisciplinary training in both pediatric and adult pain medicine. This unique fellowship fulfills the 12-month ACGME-accredited pain medicine fellowship training for the American Board of Anesthesiology upon completion of the fellowship program.

Fellows spend six months at Boston Children’s Hospital learning the management of acute and chronic pain in infants and children through experience in outpatient Chronic Pain Clinic, Acute Pain Service, Medical Acupuncture Service, Regional Service, Palliative Care, Headache Program, Psychiatry, Physiatry, and the Pediatric Pain and Rehabilitation Center. In addition, fellows will rotate for three months each to the adult pain medicine centers of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). Funded positions are available for an additional three to six months of training in select cases.

For additional information, please contact Ms. Marybeth Sweeney
Department of Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine
Boston Children’s Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Fax: 617-730-0199
[email protected]

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

Pediatric Pain Medicine Fellowship at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (Submitted by Alexandra Szabova, MD)

The mission of the Pediatric Pain Medicine Fellowship at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is to educate leaders in academic Pediatric Pain Medicine. Through our program’s mentorship, rich clinical environment and rigorous curriculum, the graduates will acquire expert-level clinical competence in the care of children and young adults with complex pain disorders, fully engage in the practice of life-long scholarship and dedicate themselves to advancement of our field.

In MULTIDISCIPLINARY treatment of pediatric, adolescent and young adult patients with complex chronic pain problems, capable of practicing in various clinical settings in academic pediatric centers. The graduate will be able to establish a leadership or a consultant role within the multidisciplinary teams, communicate well with patients, families and healthcare providers. The graduate will be a person with integrity, high standards of professionalism, ability to conduct/participate in research, with a commitment to safety and quality improvement on personal and system levels, and with the ability of becoming a leader in the field of pediatric pain medicine.

The CCHMC Pediatric Pain Medicine Fellowship is an ACGME accredited, 12 month long fellowship. Graduates of the fellowship become board-eligible for the Pain Medicine Certification via The American Board of Anesthesiology. The fellows spend 30 weeks at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Rotations include Medical Pain Service involving outpatient multidisciplinary pediatric pain clinic and inpatient chronic pediatric pain consultation service, pediatric physical medicine and rehabilitation, child neurology, child psychiatry, acute surgical pain service, pediatric palliative service, as well as additional rotations in unique subspecialty multidisciplinary clinics (epidermolysis bullosa, rheumatology, connective tissue, etc.). The fellows spend 22 weeks at the University of Cincinnati Pain Management Center learning adult medical and interventional pain medicine, as well as adult neuroradiology. This well balanced rotation schedule provides education in broad variety of pain conditions affecting infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Additionally, weekly didactic schedule focuses on elements of pediatric and adult pain medicine to address both clinical practice and board certification preparation. Our team of dedicated pediatric pain medicine practitioners is committed to the fellows’ learning and professional and personal growth.

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Children’s Hospital Colorado, Denver, Colorado

The Children’s Hospital of Colorado/ University of Colorado Pain Management Fellowship Program (Submitted by Robin Slover, MD)

The Children’s Hospital of Colorado/ University of Colorado is an ACGME accredited one year fellowship in pain management with a strong pediatric pain focus.  The fellow spends 6 months doing pediatric rotations and  core pediatric clinics (pediatric neurology, pediatric rehabilitation, pediatric acute pain, pediatric radiology, pediatric palliative care, pediatric psychiatry) as well as being part of a multidisciplinary pediatric chronic pain team at children’s hospital and seeing chronic pediatric pain patients each week.  The other 6 months are spent at the University of Colorado in the adult pain program.  Pump implantation, spinal cord stimulator implantation and management of both are done. The program can be individualized within board requirements.  Weekly lectures and journal club are provided. A total of three fellows rotate through the pain program, but only one through the pediatric focus program.  Both Children’s hospital and the University of Colorado provide pain clinic space and interventional space.   Further questions should be directed to [email protected].

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Medical College of Wisconsin/Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Pediatric Pain Fellowship (Submitted by Dr. Steven Weisman)

Category: Chronic Pain, Pediatric
Duration: 24 months-2 FELLOWSHIPS
Deadline: February, 2018 for August 2018 -19 ACADEMIC CYCLE

The Medical College of Wisconsin Department of Anesthesiology has an open integrated fellowships position in its ACGME-accredited Pediatric Pain Medicine Fellowship and Pediatric Anesthesiology Fellowship Program. The program is 24 months, and candidates will be eligible to sit both the ABA certification examinations pediatric anesthesiology and pain medicine at the conclusion of this dual fellowship training. Desirable candidates should have career interest in an academic position involving pediatric pain leadership, with clinical responsibilities in pediatric chronic and acute pain, pediatric anesthesiology, with potential focus in pediatric regional anesthesia and limited adult or adolescent transitional chronic pain.

The fellow will become an expert at provision of pediatric anesthesiology and also in all aspects of pediatric and adult pain management, opioid and adjunctive medication management, and non-interventional and non-pharmacotherapeutic pain management. Personalized physical and occupational therapy, acupuncture, psychological and cognitive therapies, and regional anesthesia are common treatment modalities. Adequate exposure to interventional pain modalities is provided but this is not the fellowship focus. The model for the typical pediatric pain faculty is to practice some clinical pediatric anesthesiology; trainees seeking 100% pain training and focus should not apply unless already board certified in pediatric anesthesiology (in which case a 12 month continuum will be considered)

The training exposure provides over 18 months of continuity outpatient chronic pain clinical care to children and adults. The fellow will have a didactic “home” in pediatric anesthesiology (year 1) and in pain (year 2). The pain time has approximately seven blocks focused in adult clinical pain rotations and 5 blocks in pediatric pain. Clinical rotations include pain and anesthesia time during both fellowship years. During pain blocks, fellows will divide their training between both adult and pediatric services and related specialties (psychiatry, PM and R) The team includes ACGME Pain Medicine fellows/faculty, pediatric anesthesiology fellows/faculty nurse practitioners, physiatrists, psychologists, anesthesiologists, neurologists as well as strong relationships with surgeons.

Applications for the fellowship will be accepted by the Fellowship Coordinator, Dee McDonald [email protected]. Phone: 414-266-6755.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Pediatric Pain Fellowship (Submitted by Tarun Bhalla, MD, MBA)

The Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) offers a comprehensive pediatric pain fellowship, which has received approval from our GME office and will start in July 2017 with our first fellow.

This fellowship is a collaborative program that has been developed with our colleagues in several other specialties who bring expertise to the management of chronic pain in children including neurology, PM&R, neurosurgery, rheumatology, gastroenterology, and psychiatry/psychology. The 12-month curriculum will include clinical rotations in Pediatric Chronic Pain, Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain, Palliative Care, Adult Chronic Pain, Pediatric Neurology & Psychiatry, Pediatric PM&R, Pediatric GI, and Pediatric Rheumatology. Additional training and experience will be provided in Complementary & Alternative Medicine including aromatherapy, acupuncture, guided-imagery, and clinical hypnosis. A final integral component of our fellowship is training and experience in academic pursuits with participation in clinical research with abstract and manuscript preparation. These endeavors are supported by the departmental research program which includes three full-time research nurses, two research fellows, and a statistician.

This is a novel training program for the comprehensive treatment of pediatric pain, both acute and chronic. Our program is well-balanced with influences from multiple specialties, which reflects the complex etiology of pediatric pain. The end result of this 12-month curriculum will be a physician who can expertly manage acute and chronic pain in children in any clinical setting, be capable of performing invasive procedures, understand the benefits of multi-disciplinary collaboration, and have the scientific aptitude to advance the field.

For further information, please contact:

Tarun Bhalla, MD, MBA
Vice Chairman, Comprehensive Pain Services
Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Clinical Associate Professor
The Ohio State University Medical Center
Columbus, Ohio

Stanford Children’s Health, Stanford, California

Stanford Children’s Heath Pediatric Pain Management Fellowship (Submitted by Dr. Srinivas Naidu)

The Pediatric Pain Management fellowship at Stanford Children’s Health is a non-ACGME 6-12 month fellowship dedicated to teaching pediatric pain management in the inpatient and outpatient setting. Additionally, the fellow will spend time in our intensive outpatient rehabilitation program. The fellow will learn pharmacological, non-pharmacological, and interventional pain management of the pediatric patient. The fellow will also have the ability to work in the operating room as an attending.

Our program takes place on Stanford University’s campus and has a diverse group of faculty including six physicians, four psychologists, and three full-time nurse practitioners. We routinely receive referrals from the entire United States and occasionally internationally.

If you have interest in our program, please contact our fellowship director, Dr. Srinivas Naidu at [email protected].

University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

University of Washington School of Medicine Pain Medicine Fellowship (Submitted by Gary A. Walco, PhD, ABPP)

We have a dedicated pediatric slot in the University of Washington Pain Medicine Fellowship. The experience is about 65% pediatric and 35% adult, all in service of rounding out the educational experience and enabling one to sit for the pain sub-specialty boards. We began this track in academic year 2016-2017 and continue to move forward. The website describing the program, which contains the information

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