Pain Management Fellowship Program

The Community

The Department of Anesthesiology of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) is located in Lubbock, Texas. In the heart of West Texas; rich agricultural region, Lubbock is a growing educational, commercial, medical, and cultural center. The metropolitan population, in excess of 200,000 residents, lives in mild seasonal conditions with an average of 267 days of sunshine per year. With eight hospitals and no less than 85 health care clinics, Lubbock is known as the medical center for West Texas and Eastern New Mexico.

Lubbock's entertainment possibilities range from major theatrical touring companies, to weekend rodeos, to exhibits at the museum of Texas Tech University. The city maintains a symphony orchestra, ballet company, civic chorale and numerous community theaters. Regional outdoor activities are limitless with only short drives from the city. Depending on the direction of the excursion, residents can enjoy desert terrain sports, inland lake activity, or seasonal mountain adventures. New Mexico ski resorts can be reached in less than a five hour drive. More information about the City of Lubbock.

 

Goals/Objectives

The purpose of the training program is to provide in-depth pain medicine training to fellows enrolled at TTUHSC. The learning objectives encompass the six Core Competencies and include in-depth graduate medical training in key areas of modern pain medicine: Acute Pain, Chronic Pain, Cancer Pain, and Hospice and Palliative Care. The core curriculum content reflects the current subspecialty pain management program published by the American Board of Anesthesiology. Click the tabs below to learn more.

Goal: 
The fellow will provide care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of the patient with acute and chronic pain. The fellow will develop manual dexterity and be able to develop and execute patient care plans appropriate for their level of training.

Objectives:

  • Learn and perform thorough assessments of patients in acute and chronic nonmalignant and malignant pain
  • Develop and implement treatment plans using clinical and scientific data and patient preference
  • Competently perform all medical and invasive procedures considered essential for managing pain which include, but not limited to:
    • Image-guided cervical, thoracic and lumbar spinal injections
    • Minor and major joint or bursa injections
    • Trigger point injections
    • Sympathetic blocks
    • Neurolytic techniques including chemical and radiofrequency treatment for pain
    • Intradiscal procedures including discography
    • Spinal cord stimulators
    • Placement of permanent spinal drug delivery systems
    • Vertebral body stabilization techniques
  • Collaborate and communicate effectively with patients and their families
  • Achieve and document the required number of patient interactions required in each of the disciplines described in the ACGME Pain Medicine Fellowship Program Requirements

 

Goal:
The fellow will achieve detailed knowledge of the evaluation and management of pain patients. The fellow will learn to critically evaluate and demonstrate knowledge of how to access today’s scientific information.

Objectives:

  • Develop an investigatory and analytical thinking approach to clinical situations
  • Recognize and apply knowledge of clinical sciences that is appropriate to pain management
    • This includes, but no limited to, the topics stated in the ACGME Pain Medicine Fellowship Program Requirements
  • Incorporate their didactic teaching in the field of pain management into the management of their patients pain 
  • Stay current with up-to-date medical knowledge
  • Develop and apply an algorithmic approach to the treatment of pain
  • Develop the ability to critically appraise evidence about treatment effectiveness as it relates to pain management
  • Identify an area of pain management from which to create a Grand Rounds presentation
  • Encouraged to establish new or participate in ongoing departmental pain research studies

Goal:
The fellow will investigate and evaluate his or her own patient care practices, appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and initiate improvement in patient care.

Objectives:

  • Utilize their personal faculty, ancillary staff and patient evaluations to assess the effectiveness of their patient care activities
  • Incorporate evidence from scientific studies relating to the treatment of pain into the patient’s treatment plan
  • Use information technology to support medical decision-making processes
  • Interact with the professional, technical, and clerical personnel as it relates to patient care
  • Participate in quality assurance/improvement conferences
 

Goal:
The fellow will learn to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange with patients, their families, and professional associates.

Objectives:

  • Work with faculty, colleagues, and support staff  in an efficient, courteous manner that facilitates patient care
  • Communicate and sustain a therapeutic and ethically sound relationship with patients and their families

 

 

Goal:
The fellow will learn to demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to organizational and ethical principles, and demonstrate sensitivity to diverse patient population.

Objectives:

  • Maintain a professional appearance
  • Observe HIPAA regulations at all times
  • Apply professional and ethical principles to the practice of medicine
  • Demonstrate sensitivity and responsiveness to patient’s culture, age, gender, religion, sexual preference, socioeconomic status, beliefs, behaviors and disabilities
  • Practice medicine that ensures patient safety
  • Treat the anxious or distressed patient and/or family member with respect, compassion, integrity and kindness
 

Goal:
The fellow will demonstrate an awareness of, and responsiveness to, the larger context and system of healthcare and be able to call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value to their patients.

Objectives:

  • Provide clear and thorough documentation of the patient evaluation, including information from previous medical records
  • Obtain appropriate medical records from other facilities
  • Practice cost-effective healthcare that does not compromise quality of care
  • Learn business skills necessary for effective practice management

 


Entry Into the Fellowship

Individuals interested in the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Pain Management fellowship should submit their application materials between January and July the year prior to the expected start date through ERAS.

Applications are to be made by the candidates and will be screened by our Directors.  An interview required.  If there is formal acceptance by the candidate after an offer, an institutional license is available in lieu of a Texas license. MORE

 

Program Director

Miles Day, MD, DABA, FIPP, DABIPP, Treweek/ Racz Endowed Professor in Pain Research, Pain Management Fellowship Program Director, Department of Anesthesiology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Program Coordinator

Lisa Sechrist
Program Coordinator for Pain Management Fellowship
T:  806.743.3381
F: 806.743.2984