Several specialists ask patients questions about their pain and medical history to determine their strengths, abilities, needs and preferences. Depending upon their particular needs, patients may meet with a pain anesthesiologist, psychiatrist, psychologist, physical therapist or occupational therapist. Patients who need to meet with any other specialist can be referred.
Patients may have to answer some of the same questions when meeting with each team member. Although the questions are similar, each specialist is concerned with a specific aspect of the patient's health and will gain a different perspective of a patient's condition. A patient's responses help team members determine the right course of treatment.
After each specialist has met with a patient, they meet together to discuss the evaluation results. Together they will decide the best treatment approach to get patients back on the road to recovery.
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Cleveland Clinic’s Pain Medicine Fellowship Program is the largest and one of the most prestigious programs in the United States. The goal of our program is to train future leaders and consultants in pain management practice and research. Up to 10 ACGME-approved positions are offered for a 12-month or 24-month fellowship in multidisciplinary pain medicine. The 24-month fellowship positions are offered to candidates with the potential to become future academic leaders of research and clinical care in pain management. This unique opportunity takes advantage of the internationally renowned leadership role of Cleveland Clinic in interventional pain management and outcomes research within anesthesiology and pain medicine.
Fellows are valued colleagues in our multidisciplinary Pain Management team. We evaluate 100 to 120 patients and perform 50 to 60 interventional procedures daily, using state of the art technology and equipment in the Chronic Pain Management Center which has 20 examination rooms and six procedure suites. In addition, we admit patients to the hospital and provide monitored intrathecal and/or epidural infusion therapies. We also provide chronic and cancer pain inpatient consultation service to all specialties/departments of Cleveland Clinic. We emphasize team work and strive to provide the highest quality of patient care, education, and research. Our team is composed of a large number of expert pain physicians, fellows, residents, physician assistants, nurses, and other supporting staff.