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Graduate medical education in pain medicine at Mayo Clinic

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The Pain Medicine Fellowship at Mayo Clinic provides an excellent opportunity for training in acute, chronic and oncologic pain management. Using a problem-oriented approach, you obtain pertinent histories, perform relevant physical examinations and order appropriate diagnostic tests. You also develop superior competence in all aspects of neural blockade.

Acute pain medicine training is focused primarily on postoperative patients. You gain experience with epidural narcotics and local anesthetics as well as with caudal, interscalene, epidural, femoral, and auxiliary analgesia for adult and pediatric patients.

In addition, a research project may be completed, and further clinical training in pain-related fields such as psychiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurology, or oncology is available.


The Pain Medicine Fellowship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.


This fellowship meets the educational and training requirements for board certification from the American Board of AnesthesiologyAmerican Board of Physical Medicine and RehabilitationAmerican Board of Psychiatry and NeurologyAmerican Board of Family Medicine, and American Board of Emergency Medicine.

Program history

The Pain Medicine Fellowship began in 1985, and since that time, more than 48 physicians have completed training. It is anticipated that five fellows will complete training in this program annually.

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