Massachusetts General Hospital’s Pain Medicine Fellowship is a 12-month ACGME-accredited training program that primarily takes place in the Mass General Center for Pain Medicine. Seven fellows are admitted to the program each year. The program strives to provide an exciting, challenging and fulfilling experience for fellows.

The fellowship emphasizes excellence in patient care through physician training, clinical and basic research, as well as continuous quality improvement. Fellows acquire expertise in pain medicine through exposure to a wide variety of patient cases and management strategies. Fellows train in both interventional and medical approaches and work with a variety of departments at Mass General, including:


The ACGME-accredited Pain Medicine Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital is a 12-month program begun after successful completion of an ACGME-accredited residency program. 

Program Requirements

The Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine follows all minimum selection criteria as delineated in the Institutional Policy on Selection (PDF). As a prerequisite for entry, all applicants for the fellowship must be a graduate of one of the following:

Applicants must have also completed a residency program accredited by one of the following:

  • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC).

Visa Information

All residents, clinical fellows, research fellows and staff who are not United States citizens and do not have a green card must have the appropriate visa in order to receive a Mass General appointment.

For questions regarding a J-1 visa, please call the Mass General Registrar/Credentialing Office at 617-726-5316. Questions on all other types of visas should be directed to the Partners International Office at 617-726-9211.


The Pain Medicine Fellowship is a unique training program affording fellows a close-knit  and supportive learning environment with access to the activities and staff of the Mass General Center for Pain Medicine, Harvard Medical School and other affiliated departments and programs. Fellows are given broad exposure to clinical processes in treating pain and participate in multiple research projects.

This well-developed curriculum includes conferences that focus on chronic pain, cancer pain, and interventional and spine-related pain. Additionally, fellows have administrative and teaching responsibilities as they give lectures and prepare educational materials for residents and medical students rotating through the Center for Pain Medicine.

Didactic Curriculum

The fellowship offers a rich didactic program based on the ACGME requirements for training in pain medicine. Fellows benefit from a robust, multidisciplinary didactic schedule that includes:

Grand Rounds presentation at the Mass General Simches Research Center
Grand Rounds presentation at the Mass General Simches Research Center
  • Fellowship orientation lectures
  • Journal Club
  • Chronic Pain Rounds (held on Mondays)
  • Interventional conference series
  • Anesthesia Grand Rounds
  • Neurology series lectures
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation series lectures
  • Cancer and palliative care series lectures
  • Critical event management training at Harvard Center for Medical Simulation
  • Airway management and intubation (for non-anesthesia trained fellows)

Clinical Experience

The fellowship is structured through the following core rotations that are held at Mass General unless noted otherwise:

  • Outpatient Pain Clinic (seven months)
  • Chronic Inpatient Pain Service (two months total taken in one-week and two-week blocks)
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital (three weeks)
  • Pediatric Pain Service (inpatient and outpatient) at Boston Children's Hospital (two weeks)
  • Palliative Care (two weeks)
  • Psychiatry with an addiction medicine component (one to two weeks)
  • Elective (three weeks)

Embedded within the core rotations are the following key clinical experiences:

  • Neurology
  • Psychiatry/psychology
  • Operating room interventional training
  • Critical event management training (a one-day course held at the Mass General Center for Medical Simulation)

How to Apply

Fellowship Application

Selection to the fellowship is highly competitive. Only completed applications are reviewed.

Please direct inquiries about the pain medicine fellowship to: mghanesfellowapps@partners.org

The Pain Medicine Fellowship participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and does not accept paper applications.

Application Documents

Please submit the following documents electronically via ERAS:

  1. Personal statement describing your interest in the Pain Medicine Fellowship and your plans after completion of the fellowship
  2. A current curriculum vitae
  3. Three letters of recommendation. One letter must be from your residency program director or chief of service. Letters should be addressed to Gary Brenner, MD, PhD
  4. A copy of your medical school transcript
  5. A copy of your USMLE scores
  6. A photograph

The deadline for completed applications is June 1. Interviews will be conducted around July to September.

ERAS Timeline

ERAS opens up for applicants to apply to the Mass General Pain Medicine Fellowship on December 1. ERAS closes for applications on May 31.

National Residency Match Program (NRMP)

The Mass General Pain Medicine Fellowship participates in the NRMP. Registration information for the 2016-2017 academic year opens on June 22, 2016. Match Day is October 5, 2016.


Contact Us

Pain Medicine Fellowship

Gary Jay Brenner, MD, PhD, fellowship director

55 Fruit Street, White 437c/o Tina Toland, MHA, program manager Boston, MA 02114
  • Near Public Transit
  • Accessible

View additional information on policies and resources for residents and fellows through Partners HealthCare

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