Pain Medicine Fellowship Curriculum


A major emphasis of the Pain Medicine Fellowship is to develop well-rounded clinical skills, including diagnosis and comprehensive management of spine and pain conditions.  A variety of fluoroscopically and ultrasound-guided diagnostic and therapeutic procedures will be taught for addressing problems in the cervical, thoracic, lumbar spine, sacroiliac joint, peripheral joints, and tendons, including but not limited to:

  • Epidural steroid injections
    • Transforaminal
    • Interlaminar
    • Caudal
  • Spinal facet joint interventions
    • Intra-articular
    • Medial branch blocks
    • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Sacroiliac joint interventions
    • Intra-articular
    • Lateral branch blocks
    • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Peripheral joints
    • Intra-articular
    • Radiofrequency ablation (geniculate nerves of knee)
  • Peripheral nerve blocks
  • Sympathetic blocks
  • Spinal cord stimulators (anesthesia elective time)
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections (PM&R sports clinics)

Research/Quality Improvement

  • All fellows will actively participate in a research and quality improvement project throughout the year.
  • Dedicated research time is available depending on the project and negotiated with the program director
  • All fellows have the opportunity to complete a quality improvement seminar series and project

Didactic/Journal Clubs

  • Fellows actively participate in weekly didactic sessions and journal clubs emphasizing broad and focused topics in pain medicine, musculoskeletal medicine and sports medicine
  • Fellows have the opportunity to teach residents and medical students in small group sessions and larger lectures 

Sports Coverage

  • PM&R Pain fellows have the opportunity to participate in the following: 
    • Pre-participation screening exams for the Division I CU and DU athletic teams
    • Medical coverage for CU and DU games/sporting events
    • Combined Sports Medicine Conferences with orthopedics, Family Medicine and Pediatrics


  • PM&R Pain fellows have the opportunity to further advance their skills in performance of electrodiagnostic testing
  • Non-PM&R Pain fellows will have opportunities to learn basics of electrodiagnostic testing and interpretation
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