University of Utah Health offers a Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Fellowship with one ot three positions per year. Fellows spend two days per week pursuing clinical fellowship activities solely dedicated to regional anesthesia and acute pain management and one day per week pursuing academic projects. For the remaining two days per week, fellows work as a faculty anesthesiologist in the operating room and are paid the full clinical incentive pay.
During the clinical days, fellows run the acute pain service under the guidance of an experienced acute pain faculty member. Those days consist of supervising residents in the placement of ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blocks/catheters, thoracic epidurals, and paravertebral blocks. As experience increases, fellows also have substantial opportunity to perform procedures independently. In addition, fellows will learn to set up and manage an acute pain service, including management of complex pain patients, multi-modal analgesia, coordination of care with chronic pain/palliative care, management of APRN's, and expertise in billing and financial management. Clinical months rotate between the University of Utah Hospital, the Huntsman Cancer Institute, and the University Orthopedic Center. Fellows are required to participate in an academic project during the year with a wide variety of options.
University of Utah Health has a very busy and innovative Acute Pain Service. We place and manage over 700 thoracic epidurals and more than 4000 peripheral nerve blocks/catheters per year. We are approaching 10,000 patients sent home with indwelling peripheral nerve block catheters. Fellows become adept at directing an acute pain service and managing complex pain cases. By the end of the year, fellows are skilled at placing ultrasound guided blocks in the setting of even the most challenging anatomy.
Additional information about the fellowship can be found on the ASRA website under the fellowship section. To be eligible, applicants must have completed an ACGME accredited residency in Anesthesiology, be board eligible or board certified in the United States, and have a Utah license prior to the start of fellowship. Application materials consist of common application, three letters of recommendation, and ERAS materials submitted as part of application for residency including USMLE scores and Dean's letter. Application materials should be sent via mail or email to Katie Snow 30 N. 1900 East, 3C444, Salt Lake City, UT 84132. Applications will be accepted through March 1st.