What We Teach:

The Pain Medicine Fellowship based out of the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital has trained fellows who occupy leadership positions as Division Directors and Research Directors for pain and anesthesiology nationally, as well as clinician leaders in private practice across the United States. We provide a clinically-oriented, multidisciplinary, and ACGME accredited training environment with outstanding faculty that continue Johns Hopkins Hospital’s rich history for excellence in patient care, research, and teaching. We annually accept four fellow positions for a one-year, intensive interventional pain medicine fellowship that stresses expertise in the multidisciplinary treatment of pain and the development of independent clinical decision making.

ACGME Accredited: Yes

ABA Certified: Yes

Duration of Program: 1 Year

Positions Available: 5

Application Date(s)/Deadline(s): Applications accepted February 1st through May 31st annually

Basic Qualifications: Completion of an ACGME accredited residency, most often in Anesthesiology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, or Neurology

Match Process: National Resident Matching Program for Fellowships using the ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) System

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2018-2019 Academic Year

The application period for the 2018-19 year has closed. We are no longer accepting new documents or applications.

2019-2020 Academic Year

We accept fellowship applications through the ERAS website only. We do not accept applications in another format. We review only completed applications.

Please submit all of the following documents through ERAS:

  • Current CV, including contact Information (Phone numbers, email address and/or pager numbers)
  • Personal statement, describing your interest in the Pain Medicine Fellowship and your plans after fellowship.
  • Curriculum vitae, with current contact information
  • Medical School Transcripts (originals from school)
  • Medical School Performance Evaluation (in English)
  • USMLE (1, 2, and 3) and/or COMLEX Scores
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation. One letter must be from your residency program director. Letters must be addressed to the fellowship program director Mark Bicket, MD.
  • Letter of Good Standing (from your current program)
  • Photograph (passport type)
  • If applicable, a copy of ECFMG Certificate and a copy of VISA Card

The deadline for completed applications is May 1. Interviews typically occur between June and August.

Applications will be reviewed only after receipt of all required materials. The director of the fellowship initiates interview requests, and not all applicants are granted interviews. Applicants that have been selected for an interview will be notified individually. An on-site interview is required before consideration for acceptance. Intangibles such as evidence of scholarship, judgment, maturity, motivation, and interpersonal skills are all considered. Acceptance into a program is based on demonstrated academic qualification, interpersonal skills, and evidence of ability to function in a multidisciplinary setting.

We value the diversity of our institution and our division, and we welcome and encourage applications from women and under-represented minorities.

Please click here to access the ERAS website.

Training for Johns Hopkins Pain Management Fellows emphasizes analysis and management of clinical and research problems, as well as innovation using practical solutions such as procedural, pharmacotherapeutic, physiatric, and/or mind/body therapies.  Fellows gain insight and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain from a variety of perspectives including anesthesiologists, neurologists and physiatrists. We also closely work with neurosurgeons, psychiatrists and oncologists who have expertise in pain management.

Clinical Exposure:
Fellows receive an individualized interventional experience that equals or exceeds other fellowships in the number of procedures, diversity, and complexity of cases, including sympathetic nerve blocks (all categories), neurolytic techniques, facet blocks, radio frequency and pulsed RF ablation, spinal cord stimulation, implantable intrathecal pumps, epidural steroid injections, peripheral nerve blocks, discography IDET, and percutaneous decompression (nucleoplasty). Exposure to CT guided procedures will also be included. Fellows receive additional education through lectures, clinical care, procedural interventions and quality/research projects.

Fellows’ clinical time includes outpatient and inpatient pain consultation services. Fellows spend a majority of the clinical experience at the Johns Hopkins Blaustein Pain Treatment Center (BPTC) in the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center. Here, four consultation rooms facilitate clinical encounters and six PACU beds serve recovering patients. Two procedure rooms host fluoroscopy for x-ray guided interventions as well as ultrasound guided interventions. Chronic pain (non-malignant), cancer pain, and pediatric pain patients are examined and treated in the BPTC. Inpatient consultations permit coordination of care and therapeutic interventions in collaboration with other disciplines. Finally, rotations lasting 1-2 weeks integrate fellows with other services within the hospital: the Departments of Anesthesiology, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Palliative Care, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Psychiatry.

Formal Education:
Weekly educational sessions include lectures in clinic, oncology and spine conferences, grand rounds, journal clubs, and multidisciplinary pain conferences. Fellows are expected to feel comfortable leading a pain care team and fostering a high level of communication and collaboration with the various specialists on the service. Pain fellows achieve a longitudinal care experience with patients suffering from chronic pain over the course of their one year in fellowship training.

Pain fellows give lectures at the multidisciplinary Blaustein Pain Conference.

Supervision and Clinical Independence:
Fellow typically pair with one attending during clinic days, during which consultation and procedural (interventional) elements of patient care under the direct supervision of the pain faculty member. A graduated progression of leadership and clinical decision making occurs during subspecialty training. The program anticipates that fellows grow into more independent clinical decision makers with respect to both the pharmacotherapeutic and interventional management of pain patients as training progresses.

We encourage fellows to participate in ongoing clinical investigations and laboratory research relevant to their interests and careers. Fellows have access to the wealth of resources within the Division of Pain Medicine and Pain Research, Department of Anesthesiology & Critical Care Medicine, and Johns Hopkins Hospital, as well as other Hopkins entities such as the Bloomberg School of Public Health. For current fields of interest, please see faculty profile pages.

Yian Chen, MD
Nigel Knox, MD
Ryu Komatsu, MD
Hira Richter, MD

Pain Medicine Fellowship
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
1800 Orleans Street, Phipps 460
Baltimore, Maryland 21287
410-955-1818 or 410-614-2792

Program Director
Mark Bicket, MD

Program Coordinator
Shanita Andrews