What We Teach:

The goal of the Acute Pain Medicine and Regional Anesthesia Fellowship is for fellows to develop the skills and knowledge base necessary to perform basic, intermediate, and advanced regional nerve blocks. Fellows have ample opportunity to take part in research initiatives and attend national conferences. A robust basic and advanced didactic program is offered which spans in topics from the basics of ultrasound to acupuncture and medical marijuana for pain management. In addition, all fellows have access to the online regional anesthesia resource “Anesthesia Toolbox”, online textbooks with JHU library, and a hard copy Fellow Library which contains books such as Dr. Hadzic’s Textbook of Regional Anesthesia and Essentials of Regional Anesthesia.

ACGME Accredited : Yes

Duration of Program:  1 year advanced clinical training

Positions Available:  5

Approximate salary for the Class of 2021: $65,000 – $67,000

Applications accepted starting: December 1st

Application deadline: March 1st (or until all slots filled)

Applicant Qualifications (which are required prior to starting program):

Eligible to hold:

  • Unrestricted Maryland State Medical License
  • Maryland State Controlled Dangerous Substances (CDS) registration
  • United States DEA Registration Certificate

Eligible to be credentialed and appointed as full faculty

The institution will approve candidates for a ECFMG J-1 visa. The institution will also approve candidates who currently hold an H1-B visa, but unfortunately will not approve candidates for a new H1-B visa.

We participate in the San Francisco Match.
Application deadline: May 5, 2023
Match Day: June 12, 2023

‌STEP 1

    • CV with photo
    • USMLE (1 & 2) or COMLEX Scores
    • In-Service Exam Scores
    • ABA Basic Score Report
    • Minimum of 3 Letters of Recommendation (include one letter from current training program)
    • Copy of Visa (if applicable)
    • Copy of ECFMG Certificate (only applicants who attended medical school outside of the US)

STEP 2

  • Interview with program director and faculty members.

STEP 3

  • If position is offered and accepted, the prospective fellow will go through the Credentialing Process.

STEP 4

  • If the prospective fellow successfully completes the credentialing process, he/she is then scheduled for an orientation.

Applications will be closely reviewed only after receipt of all required materials. The director of the fellowship initiates interview requests, and not all applicants are granted interviews. 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.

Objectives

The Advanced Training in Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Program is an accredited one (1) year advanced training program. The goals are organized according to the ACGME core competencies.

Professionalism

Fellows are expected to:

  • Act responsibly and with integrity with their patients, nurses, residents, fellows, and health care providers.
  • Fulfill clinical duties in a timely and appropriate manner.
  • Adhere to ethical principles including respect for patient privacy.
  • Demonstrate an active interest in learning and participating in the care of patients receiving regional anesthesia.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

As advanced trainees, fellows will be expected to interact well with and demonstrate cultural sensitivity to patients, nurses, nurse anesthetists, surgeons and attending anesthesiologists, residents, medical students, and other trainees. They will refine their skills in educating and preparing patients for the regional nerve blocks or other interventional acute pain procedures.  Fellows are expected to:

  • Provide effective patient education regarding indications, risks and side effects of procedures.
  • Obtain appropriate informed consent from patients, paying special attention to identifying laterality for unilateral procedures.
  • Communicate effectively with other members of the team.
  • Initiate and appropriately conduct a pre-procedure “timeout.”
  • Properly and accurately document in the medical record any procedures performed.
  • Provide education to more junior members of the care team, including residents, medical students, junior perioperative nurses, and other trainees.

Medical Knowledge

By the end of training, fellows will demonstrate expert knowledge in the following areas:

Medical Management of Acute Pain:

  • Local anesthetic pharmacology, toxicity, and appropriate clinical usage in peripheral, neuraxial, and systemic analgesia, and use of adjuvants.
  • Appropriate use of opioids (systemic and neuraxial) in treating acute pain states, and implications related to their side-effects.
  • Advanced management of acute pain with multimodal analgesics, including understanding the pharmacology of NSAIDs, COX-2 inhibitors, NMDA antagonists, α2-agonists, α2δ-Cachannel blockers (i.e. gabapentinoids).
  • Management of patients with chronic pain and chronic opioid use/ abuse.
  • Direct the acute pain medicine service with attending supervision.

Interventional Management of Acute Pain

  • Nerve localization techniques, including principles of ultrasound and nerve-stimulation technologies, and other localization methods (i.e. hanging drop, loss of resistance, landmark techniques).
  • Methods, rational, and appropriate application of single-shot and continuous catheter techniques.
  • Applied functional regional anatomy as relevant to the surgical procedure and/ or block technique employed, including positioning patients for performing blocks.
  • Appropriate use of procedural sedation when performing interventional procedures.
  • Appropriate patient selection for and choice of interventional nerve blockade.
  • Recognition and management of complications related to interventional acute pain management (i.e. hemodynamic compromise, local anesthetic toxicity).
  • Upper extremity blockade, including:
    • Cervical plexus
    • Brachial plexus (Interscalene, Supraclavicular, Infraclavicular, Axillary)
    • Distal extremity nerve block
  • Truncal blocks, including:
    • Paravertebral
    • Quadratus Lumborum
    • Transversus Abdominus Plane
    • Pecs 1, 2, and Serratus Plane
    • Lumbar and thoracic epidural anesthesia/ analgesia
  • Lower extremity blockade, including:
    • Lumbar Plexus
    • Femoral
    • Saphenous/adductor canal
    • Sciatic (proximal and distal approaches)
    • Ankle
  • The art and science of spinal anesthesia and associated side effects.
  • Appropriate postop management of peripheral nerve and epidural catheters to achieve effective pain control.

Practice-based Learning and Improvement

During training, fellows will further develop an understanding of and apply critical analysis of the relevant primary source literature relevant to the various acute pain phamacotherapeutic modalities, including regional nerve blockade techniques.  Fellows will also moderate and lead a monthly Journal Club on topics relevant to the specialty.

Patient Care

By the end of the advanced training fellowship, graduating fellows will be expected to independently:

  • Assess patients’ appropriateness for placement of peripheral or neuraxial nerve blocks.
  • Setup and properly position patients for peripheral nerve blocks
  • Select appropriate procedural sedation based on patient and/or procedure factors
  • Select the appropriate nerve localization technique using nerve stimulation vs. ultrasound vs. landmarks
  • Select alternative approaches to perioperative pain control in non-traditional patient populations (i.e. chronic pain, anatomical variants, infected patients, low weight patients, etc.)
  • Manage block failures (single-injection and/ or continuous catheter techniques)
  • Perform and complete peripheral nerve and neuraxial procedures
  • Medically manage surgical patients’ acute pain in the perioperative period (pre-, intra-, and post-op)
  • Provide expert patient care recommendations as a consultant in Acute Pain Medicine to requesting medical and surgical specialists
  • Counsel patients on appropriate modalities of pain management in the acute setting

Systems-based Practice

The fellow will develop an awareness of and responsiveness to the needs of the large health care system as it relates to the acute pain patient receiving regional anesthesia, both as a primary anesthetic and for postoperative analgesia. He/she will also understand the rationale for and participate in hospital initiatives to improve quality and efficiency in the operating room as it pertains to acute pain medicine and regional anesthetic techniques.

  • Work effectively as a member of and with the patient care team.
  • Understand basic principles of safety in administering regional nerve blocks.
  • Identify areas for quality improvement in the administration of acute pain and regional anesthesia.
  • Understand the documentation of regional nerve block and acute interventional pain procedures.

Assessments

The fellow will receive electronic evaluations by the Division of Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Management, in addition to verbal feedback during his/her clinical performance. Fellows will maintain a procedure log that will be evaluated quarterly or more frequently, as needed, by the fellowship program director for the number and type of nerve blocks or other regional anesthetic techniques to ensure they are obtaining adequate experience.

Additional Educational Opportunities

  • Rotation with addiction medicine to learn more about inpatient vs outpatient therapy
  • Protected research time to work on QI projects or IRB approved studies
  • Joint Journal  Clubs with University of Maryland and Walter Reed Hospital
  • Cadaver lab workshop for JH residents at JHUSOM (led by Regional Division)
  • Annual sonoanatomy/ultrasonography course in regional anesthesia for JH residents  (led by Regional Division)
  • Specialized rotation in Point-of-Care Ultrasound use in clinical care (cardiac echo, FAST, AAA, abdomen) done in conjunction with faculty from the JHU Department of Emergency Medicine.  Additional “Bootcamp” day in July for a POCUS crashcourse introduction.
  • Regular Journal Club (directed by fellows with faculty guidance)
  • Fellow-directed specialty-topic discussions with residents on service
  • Advanced lecture series including topics on Contract Negotiation, Private vs Academic Job searches, Program Building, Burn Pain Management, etc.
  • Optional elective to do Pediatric Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain at All Children’s in Florida
  • Elective within Chronic Pain Division, access to daily high quality lectures
  • Oral board seminar (well regarded, free, network with other fellows from different specialties)OSCE board prep in state of the art simulation center (well regarded and free for fellows)
  • Optional Moonlighting as an attending in the Operating Room

For qualified applicants, a 3-year combined program geared for candidates interested in pursuing an advanced academic research track is available.  With this program, the 1-year Acute Pain Medicine and Regional Anesthesia clinical fellowship is combined with 2-years of faculty-level research training made possible by the NIH-sponsored institutional T32 research training grant.  This research training grant provides funding for 80% protected non-clinical time, and also offers an opportunity for sponsored advanced study.  Prior T32 trainees have chosen to use their grant time to fully fund and complete a MPH degree in clinical investigation, for example, with the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.  This unique program is designed for developing research leaders in Acute Pain Medicine and Regional Anesthesia.  Candidates who are interested in this program should inform the program staff of this interest when applying.

2022-2023 Fellows
Erica Alcibiade, DO
Jinsoo Kim, MD
Patrick Mancilla, MD
Rabiul Ryan, DO
Shruti Sudhakar, MD

Acute Pain Medicine and Regional Anesthesia Fellowship Program
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
Sheik Zayed Tower 8120L
1800 Orleans Street
Baltimore, MD 21287
410-955-1818
JHMAcutePain@jhmi.edu

Fellowship Program Director
Hassan Rayaz, MD

Associate Program Director
Kara Segna, MD

Medical Training Coordinator
Beverly Thomas
bthomas6@jhmi.edu