Pain Medicine Fellowship


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Fellowship Program Information

Lance A. Roy, MD

Dr. Lance Roy Pain Medicine Fellowship Program Director

Duke University Medical Center is one of the leading medical centers in the nation with a worldwide reputation for excellence in clinical care, teaching, and research.  The Pain Medicine Fellowship is ACGME accredited and fellows who successfully complete the fellowship are eligible to sit for board certification.

The fellows spend time at four clinical sites: The Duke Pain Medicine Clinic (Open January 2014), Duke North Hospital, Davis Ambulatory Surgery Center (interventions and implants), and the Durham VAMC Pain Clinic. The fellows’ clinical schedule is designed to provide a broad exposure to pain management in a variety of health care systems so that graduates are well trained to practice independently upon graduation in academic, government, or private practice fee-for service settings.

At the Duke Pain Medicine Clinic, fellows learn outpatient management under the direction of Board Certified Pain Physicians, with expertise in procedural intervention and comprehensive management. Special emphasis is given to interventional pain management and procedural competency during the fellowship education.

The fellows additionally spend time at Duke North Hospital with inpatient rotations.  During this time they have opportunity to learn about acute pain management as well as management of chronic pain in the context of acute medical illness. During this time they also round with the Palliative Care service.

Under the ongoing direction of Dr. Joel Goldberg, the VA Pain Clinic has been in operation since 1988 and is third longest-running pain clinic within the Veterans Administration Health System.  While at the VAMC fellows learn a variety of interventional and non-interventional pain management techniques in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.  Also at the VAMC, fellows have their Physical Medicine and Rehab rotation.

The fellowship offers a CME-approved lecture once per week and 1 journal club per week.  In addition, the fellows have a twice-monthly departmental seminar for all fellows provided by the Department of Anesthesiology.  There are opportunities for research at all sites.  Fellow research is presented at the Department Academic Evening; abstracts have also been presented at the national ASA meeting.

The Duke Pain Medicine Fellowship prides itself on being a multidisciplinary fellowship and reviews applications from qualified applicants irrespective of primary specialty.  We are particularly looking for self-motivated individuals interested in academic careers.

For further information about our pain fellowship, please contact:

Lance A. Roy, MD
Program Director
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Lori Hester
Program Coordinator
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