The Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital offers an Acute Pain Management and Regional Anesthesia Fellowship to two fellows each year. Acute pain and regional anesthesia is a rapidly growing subspecialty within health care.
During a 12-month period, the fellows will rotate through a broad range of clinical areas including outpatient, inpatient, and pediatric regional and acute pain management. Fellows will also have the option to extend the fellowship for an additional research year.
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:
- Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)-accredited medical school
- American Osteopathic Association (AOA)-accredited medical school
- Medical school listed in the World Health Organization Directory of Medical Schools
- USMLE completion requirement for clinical trainees
Applicants must have also completed an anesthesia residency program accredited by one of the following:
- Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
- Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)
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 Acute Pain Management and Regional Anesthesia Fellowship offers a comprehensive didactic program for training in perioperative pain management. Each rotation's curriculum varies, but will generally consist of the following educational opportunities:
- Faculty lectures
- Journal Club
- Grand Rounds
- Case conferences
Fellows are expected to attend the annual American Society of Regional Anesthesia (ASRA) and American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) meetings, as well as participate in workshops and mentoring sessions. The meetings include lectures and presentations on topics of particular interest to acute pain and regional anesthesia practitioners.
The fellowship year will be spent at Massachusetts General Hospital on the Acute Pain Service, which has more than 8,000 patient encounters per year, as well as the Regional Anesthesia Service, which performs more than 1,900 nerve blocks per year.
Fellows will be able to utilize neuraxial techniques in the operating rooms, where an average of 35 procedures are performed each week. Fellows are exposed to a wide variety of blocks for regional pain and acute pain management, including:
- Single-shot and peripheral and central neural blocks
- Continuous catheter techniques
- Ultrasound and fluoroscopy guidance
- Other innovative approaches to perioperative pain management
The fellowship is structured with the following Core Rotations:
- Introduction to acute pain management and regional anesthesia (one month)
- Acute pain management and regional anesthesia (eight months)
- Pediatric acute pain management and regional anesthesia (one month)
- Academic/elective (one month)
Selection to the fellowship is highly competitive. Only completed applications are reviewed.
Please submit the following documents electronically:
- Personal statement describing your interest in the Acute Pain and Regional Anesthesia Fellowship and your plans after completion of the fellowship
- Completed application
- A current curriculum vitae
- Three letters of recommendation: One letter must be from your residency program director or chief of service. Letters should be addressed to Dr. Brinda Kamdar and sent from the letter writer’s email or his/her assistant’s email
- A copy of your medical school transcript
- A copy of your USMLE transcript
All documents should be sent electronically to MGHAcutePain@partners.org to the attention of:
Dr. Brinda Kamdar, fellowship director
c/o Kristen O'Connor, program manager
Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital
Applicants should use the following naming convention (first five letters of last name, first initial, document type):
The deadline for completed applications is May 15, 2016 for a start date of July 1, 2017. Only complete applications will be reviewed. Failure to provide all requested information will keep your application from being considered.
Acute Pain and Regional Anesthesia Fellowship
Brinda Kamdar, MD, fellowship director