Pain Fellowship

Welcome to the Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School Pain Management Fellowship!  The pain fellowship is a 12-month, ACGME-accredited program at University Hospital in Newark, NJ.  The fellows participate in a comprehensive, multidisciplinary curriculum encompassing aspects of anesthesiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, psychiatry, neuroradiology and neurosurgery.  They are exposed to a broad spectrum of patients, allowing them to be fully competent in diagnosing and treating a wide range of illnesses, including but not limited to acute pain, postoperative pain, chronic neck and back pain, failed back surgery syndrome, cancer pain, CRPS, neuropathic pain, headaches, fibromyalgia and joint pain.  The curriculum is well-rounded with daily teaching rounds, daily lectures, departmental grand rounds, journal clubs and multidisciplinary pain conferences.  The fellows gain valuable experience in a busy interventional-based pain practice with board certified pain attendings performing epidural steroid injections, medial branch nerve blocks, sacroiliac joint injections, neurolysis, ganglion blocks, peripheral nerve blocks, implantable devices, and ketamine infusions.  Procedures are often done using fluoroscopy or ultrasound guided techniques.  In conjunction with the Rutgers-NJMS Neurosurgery Department’s neuromodulation specialist, the fellows perform advanced surgical procedures for intrathecal pump placements and spinal cord stimulator implants.    There are ample opportunities for clinical and basic science research with our clinical faculty or with our NIH-funded scientists in the Center for Pain Medicine Research at the Department of Anesthesiology, Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School.

The fellows also have the unique opportunity to obtain an executive fellowship in addiction medicine offered by the Rutgers-NJMS Psychiatry Department.

Our Pain Fellowship program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for fellowships. Applications are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). Applications are accepted on ERAS from December 1 to May 31. Required documents are:

  • Application
  • CV
  • Personal statement letter
  • Medical school transcripts
  • Test Scores (ITE, C-1, C-2, C-3), (USMLE)
  • Dean's letter
  • 3 separate letters of recommendation

If you have any further questions please contact Lisa Chappelle at 973-972-1470.