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Applying for Pain Medicine Fellowship: Insider Tips from Fellowship Program Directors


A panel of three program directors/associate program directors from pain fellowship programs around the country will present information for potential applicants on what an accredited pain medicine fellowship program teaches, who can and does apply, the application process, and what program directors look for in a strong applicant. Program Directors will take questions from the webinar audience at the end of this session.

Please note this webinar does not offer CME credit. 

Target Audience:
Current residents in Anesthesiology, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurology, Psychiatry, Radiology, Emergency Medicine, and Family Medicine who are interested in and planning to apply for an ACGME accredited pain fellowship. Residents and potential pain applicants, pain fellowship directors, residency program directors for anesthesia, PM&R, and neurology are also encouraged to participate. 

After completing this activity participants should be able to:

  1. Develop a timeline for their application for pain fellowship
  2. Appraise their personal statement and application for strengths and weaknesses
  3. Revise their application to highlight strengths and target fellowships that are a good fit
  4. Identify differences in accredited and non-accredited pain fellowships
  5. Identify which residents can apply for pain fellowship


  • Mark C. Bicket, MD

    Director of Pain Fellowship Program, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
    Director of Quality and Safety, Division of Pain Medicine
    Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

    Dr. Bicket is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he serves as Director of the multidisciplinary pain medicine fellowship and Director of quality safety and assurance for the pain division. He also is a core faculty member of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Center for Drug Safety and Effectiveness. He is double boarded in chronic pain medicine and anesthesiology. He is nationally recognized for his research examining the safety and quality of treatments for acute and chronic pain, with special emphasis on prescription opioid analgesics and interventional pain procedures. Dr. Bicket received his M.D. from Johns Hopkins and completed a clinical pain fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.

  • Timothy Furnish, MD

    Associate Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology
    Center for Pain Medicine
    Pain Fellowship Program Director
    UC San Diego Medical Center

    Dr. Furnish is a board-certified anesthesiologist who specializes in pain management. As a pain management specialist, he evaluates, diagnoses and treats all forms of pain, particularly chronic pain and acute, post-surgical pain. Associate Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology Center for Pain Medicine Pain Fellowship Program Director UC San Diego Medical Center. Dr. Furnish initiated and is now director of the inpatient pain consult services at UC San Diego Health’s Center for Pain Medicine. The inpatient pain consult service sees patients either before or after surgery to help their surgeons develop a post-operative pain management plan to facilitate recovery and comfort, and reduce the chances of developing chronic pain. His research and clinical focuses are on chronic neuropathic pain, complex regional pain syndrome, back pain and perioperative pain. Dr. Furnish is currently on the Society of Hospital Medicine’s Guidelines Committee Reducing Adverse Drug Events from Opioids and is co-chair of UC San Diego’s Pain Management Committee.

  • Scott G. Pritzlaff, MD, CIPS, FIPP

    Clinical Assistant Professor
    Associate Program Director, Clinical Pain Medicine Fellowship
    Stanford University School of Medicine
    Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
    Division of Pain Medicine

    Dr. Pritzlaff is a practicing anesthesiologist and interventional pain specialist. He currently serves as the Associate Program Director for the Clinical Pain Medicine Fellowship and Associate Chief of Education within the Division of Pain Medicine at Stanford. His clinical interests including opioid-sparing pain management strategies, peripheral nerve stimulation, and ultrasound education in pain medicine.

November 7, 2018
Wed 6:00 PM CST

Duration 1H 0M

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