Originally Posted by amyl
So I have heard that it is easier to get a pain fellowship from an anes residency than a pmr residency. any thoughts? how common is it for a pmr trained doc to get into an anes based pain fellowship? is there any difference in training between the anes-based pain and pmr-based pain fellowships? thanks in advance - amy
Anesthesiology departments exist to train anesthesiologists. They have the *OPTION* to train others, but no obligation to do so. Physiatry departments exist to train physiatrists. They have the *OPTION* to train others, but no obligation to do so. Some see value in cross-training different specialists, some do not. Some see value in being cross-trained, others do not. There is no single correct answer.
All ACGME-accredited pain fellowships have to abide by the same program requirements regardless of their departmental affiliation. A patient with CRPS, spinal stenosis, or radiculopathy looks the same in every pain clinic regardless of where that pain clinic is physically located. There are only so many ways to do any given interventional pain procedure and its going to be done essentially the same way where ever you roam.
PM&R has a variety of MSK/Spine/Sports type fellowships in addition to pain fellowships. Anesthesiology has regional fellowships among others. Choose the base specialty you like the best...the fellowship stuff will work itself out later.