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Pain Medicine Fellowship

The fellowship in pain medicine is a one-year program offering fellows the opportunity to learn all aspects of anesthetic care and pain management in a stimulating environment.

The RUSH University Medical Center Department of Anesthesiology is home to one of the country's largest pain centers, providing acute and chronic pain management services to more than 10,000 patients annually in both preoperative and non-operative settings. Guided and trained by a distinguished faculty of board certified anesthesiologists, you'll be well prepared for specialized clinical practice in university or community settings.

Our comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach draws on an array of interventional pain modalities, as well as psychology, pharmacology and complementary medical techniques such as acupuncture. We strive to provide the most advanced medically proven options and pursue the most minimally invasive solutions whenever possible.

Program faculty have extensive experience in a wide range of pain disorders including:

  • Back pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Chronic pain syndrome
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Failed back syndrome
  • Post-operative pain
  • Sports injuries

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A post-residency fellowship in the Department of Anesthesiology is also available. For more detailed information, visit

Application Process

We accept applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

We require USMLE I, II, III above the 50th percentile (greater than 220). Candidates must be presently enrolled in or graduated from a university-based, accredited anesthesiology residency program or other residency program with rotations in related specialties. Candidates must be eligible to take the board examination in anesthesiology by the start of the fellowship.

International medical graduate applicants must have a current Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates Certificate (ECFMG) and all applicants must submit the required documentation on ERAS:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Medical school transcript
  • A Dean’s letter of evaluation
  • Three letters of recommendation including one from your current program
  • U.S. Medical Licensing Examination(USMLE Steps I, II and III and/or Comprehensive Osteopathic  Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX) transcripts

The fellowship begins on July 1, with applications accepted up to one year in advance. The rolling admissions policy means that candidates may be offered positions as soon as their applications and personal interviews are completed, with applications closed as soon as all the positions are filled.

Our interview season begins in May and may run through mid-July. Interviewees will spend the day with us at RUSH University Medical Center at 1750 W. Harrison St. in Chicago to meet with all core faculty members and current fellows and to visit the RUSH Pain Clinic.

Please submit all documentation through ERAS, please do not e-mail your applicationPlease bring your ITE scores the day of your interview. 

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Faculty for Pain Medicine Fellowship Program