About the Pain Management Fellowship Program
The Department of Anesthesiology offers a twelve-month fellowship for CA-4 (PGY-5) trainees. This program is accredited by ACGME. Successful completion of this fellowship, along with ABA certification and current state licensure will make the candidate eligible to take the ABA Pain Medicine examination.
The fellowship aims to train an anesthesiologist in the art and science of pain management. This is accomplished through a didactic lecture course which includes journal club and case reviews as well as inpatient and outpatient care. Included in the definition of pain syndromes are acute (post-operative), chronic, and oncologic pain. Techniques which the trainees will become familiar with include: nerve blocks, fluoroscopic-assisted nerve blocks, epidural steroid injections, spinal cord stimulators and implantable pumps, peri-spinal opioid therapy, use of various medications such as opioids, anti-depressants, anti-convulsants, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents. Other modalities, with which the fellow will become familiar, are bio-feedback, physical and occupational therapy, exercise therapy, psychotherapy and complementary medicine.
A multidisciplinary approach to pain management is emphasized during training. Allied disciplines to which the trainee is exposed include: psychiatry, physical and rehabilitation medicine, neurology, palliative care medicine, oncology and radiology.
The fellow will spend most of his time in the Pain Management Center, located in the Loyola Outpatient Center. In addition, the fellow will have the opportunity to see patients at the Loyola Cancer Center, the Homer Glen Outpatient Clinic and the Burr Ridge Outpatient Clinic.
Attendance at a pain management/regional anesthesia review courses is strongly encouraged during the year. Examples are the American Society of Regional Anesthesia (ASRA) Annual Meeting and Review Course (usually held in March), the ASRA Pain Management Review course, The American Pain Society Annual Meeting (usually held in November), or the International Society for the Study of Pain (held bi-annually).
Participation in on-going clinical or laboratory research in an area related to pain management is an expected part of the fellowship. The fellow will be expected to submit an abstract for presentation at a meeting during the fellowship.
Pain Management Fellows
William Mayers, MD
Medical Education: University of Illinois, Chicago
Anesthesiology Residency: Loyola University Medical Center
Parth Shah, MD
Medical Education: University of Arkansas
Anesthesiology Residency: University of Arkansas