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Overview

The Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine (DACCPM) at Massachusetts General Hospital offers two fellows each year a spot in its Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship. Regional anesthesia for acute pain 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.

This fellowship received its Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accreditation in 2017 and its overall goal is to provide comprehensive, advanced training for anesthesiologists in all aspects of care related to postoperative pain management with a particular emphasis on regional techniques. The majority of the training is spent at Mass General on the Acute Pain Service (APS), which has over 9,000 patient encounters annually, and on the Regional Anesthesia Service, which performs nearly 4,000 blocks annually.

Fellows are exposed to a wide variety of acute pain and regional strategies, including:

  • Continuous catheter techniques
  • Management of opioid dependence in pregnant and non-pregnant patients 
  • Other innovative approaches to perioperative pain management
  • Treatment of acute chronic pain
  • Ultrasound and fluoroscopy guidance
  • Ultrasound guided single-shot, peripheral and central neuraxial blocks
  • Use and dosing of methadone
  • Use of high dose opioid PCAs and opioid agonist-antagonists
  • Use of non-opioid adjuncts such as ketamine, precede and lidocaine

The fellowship is structured with the following rotations:

  • Nine months - Acute pain and regional anesthesia
  • Two weeks - Chronic inpatient pain elective
  • Two weeks - Obstetric anesthesia elective
  • One month - Pediatric regional anesthesia at Boston Children’s Hospital
  • One month - Vacation

Program Requirements

The DACCPM at Mass General 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 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)

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.

Curriculum

The Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship offers a comprehensive didactic program for training in perioperative pain management. Each rotation's curriculum varies; however, it will generally consist of the following educational opportunities:

  • Case conferences
  • Faculty lectures
  • Grand Rounds
  • Multidisciplinary pain conferences
  • Journal clubs
  • Simulation
  • Ultrasound workshops

Fellows are expected, and will receive support, to attend the annual American Society of Regional Anesthesia (ASRA) meeting as well as participate in conferences, workshops and mentoring sessions. The meetings include lectures and presentations on topics of particular interest to acute pain and regional anesthesia practitioners.  

How to Apply

The deadline for completed applications is April 15, 2020 for a start date of July 1, 2021. We will begin offering interviews to qualified candidates in the winter of 2020.

Selection to the fellowship is highly competitive. Failure to provide all requested information will keep your application from being considered. Only completed applications are reviewed.

Application Documents

Please submit the following documents electronically:

  • A completed application
  • A copy of your medical school transcript
  • A copy of your USMLE transcript
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement describing your interest in the Regional Anesthesiology and Acute Pain Medicine Fellowship and your plans after completion of the fellowship
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, with one letter being 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 to MGHAcutePain@partners.org

Application Process

All documents should be sent electronically 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):

  • Claus_S_CV
  • Claus_S_PS
  • Claus_S_MST
  • Claus_S_USMLE
  • Claus_S_APP