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Congratulations to 2019 AAPM Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Award Recipient, UC San Diego

The AAPM Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Award recognizes pain medicine fellowship programs within the United States that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and provide an exceptional learning experience to their fellows, preparing them to deliver the highest standard of care to patients with pain.

AAPM is pleased to announce the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Pain Medicine Fellowship Program as the 2019 Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Award recipient.

The UCSD Pain Medicine Fellowship has been accredited for 25 years and offers specialist training in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain syndromes, cancer and palliative care, and acute pain. The program has five accredited, 12-month positions and also offers the option of a two-year combined fellowship in clinical research and clinical pain management. The multidisciplinary training of pain fellows includes core faculty from anesthesiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and neurology. Fellows also receive training from guest lecturers and rotation faculty from psychiatry, psychology, palliative medicine, gynecology, orthopedic surgery, radiology, and physical therapy. The program's guiding principle for the fellowship is to produce well-rounded graduates with a balanced approach to clinical training, procedural training, and academic accomplishment while maintaining a good work-life balance for trainees.

UCSD has a long history of advancing safety in pain medicine, including publishing early original research publications on the risks of particulate steroids in transforaminal epidural steroid injections, the risks of cervical transforaminal steroid injections, predictors of depth of cervical interlaminar epidural access, and contributors to intrathecal catheter-tip granuloma formation. Each fellow receives 4 weeks of protected research time in order to concentrate on a project of their choosing. Hands-on educational workshops also are part of the curriculum and include live model training sessions on physical exam maneuvers, ultrasound evaluation of musculoskeletal and neuroanatomy, cadaver labs for ultrasound- and fluoroscopic-guided needle placement, suture lab proctored by a neurosurgeon, and intrathecal pump evaluation, refill, and management. Training by faculty experts in transcranial magnetic stimulation, regenerative medicine, acupuncture, medicinal cannabis, and advanced headache management is part of the fellowship training. The fellows also receive didactic lectures that include radiation safety, aberrant contrast spread cases, opioid-related risks and assessment, local anesthetic toxicity and treatment, and suicidality assessment.

AAPM extends its congratulations to Tim Furnish, MD, program director of the UCSD Pain Medicine Fellowship Program and its faculty and staff. The program will be honored at AAPM's 35th Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado, March 6-10, 2019.

The Academy is pleased to acknowledge participation of University of California, San Diego Pain Medicine Fellowship at this year's Annual Meeting and in the Academy's journal, Pain Medicine.

UCSD Faculty Presenting at AAPM35:
  • Farshad Ahadian, MD: Pain Management Best Practices: Integrative Solutions for Critical Challenges Preconference (PME)
  • Nathaniel Schuster, MD:Headache for the Pain Practitioner and Pain Management Best Practices: Integrative Solutions for Critical Challenges Preconference (PME)
  • Mark Wallace, MD:Opioid and Non-Opioid Medications Management: Filling in the Gaps, Prescribing for the Whole Patient Preconference
UCSD AAPM35 Posters

Refractory Lumbar Radiculopathy due to Epidural Lipomatosis: Radiographic Findings & Successful Management with Spinal Cord Stimulation (Poster #184). Oswald, J., Ahadian, F.

Recent UCSD Faculty Publications in Pain Medicine:

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