Pain Didactic Curriculum
The Mass General Pain Center offers a rich didactic program based on the ACGME requirements for training in pain medicine.
Introductory Lecture Series
The Fellowship year begins with an intensive two-month series of didactics focused on the basics of pain medicine.
One to two times per week, 7:00 - 8:00 a.m.
Critical evaluation of the medical literature is a key component of the didactic training of our fellows. At least once per week, a faculty member and a fellow jointly choose and present an article at the morning journal club.
Monday Chronic & Cancer Pain Rounds
Mondays, noon to 1 p.m.
This conference is a multi-disciplinary, broad-spectrum program. The audience consists of physicians, fellows, residents, nurses, and other health care professionals. The goal of this program is to present the most up-to-date information on pain medicine generally focused in the realms of chronic pain management, cancer pain management, and palliative care. Fellows lead one clinical case conference each year which includes the participation of one of our center's patients.
Friday Interventional Conference
Fridays, 7:00 to 8:00 a.m.
The goal of this series is to educate fellows about interventional procedures. Fellows are responsible for preparing lectures. There are also invited guest lecturers from a variety of backgrounds including as neurosurgery, orthopedics, and radiology.
Anesthesia Grand Rounds and Morbidity and Mortality/Mortality Conferences
Thursdays, 7:00 - 9:00 a.m.
The first half of anesthesia grand rounds is lecture-based; the second half is dedicated to case-based discussion. The focus of grand rounds covers areas pertinent to Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine.
Other training sessions:
Critical Event Management Training at the Harvard Center for Medical Simulation: Dr. Brenner, along with Dan Raemer, PhD and faculty at the Harvard Center for Medical Simulation, have developed this program to train fellows in critical event management as related to problems which might arise in the setting of outpatient interventional pain management.
Airway Management and Intubation: Non-anesthesia trained fellows are partnered with a senior anesthesiologist for this training. Additional airway training is provided as part of the Critical Event Simulation training session.
There is formal training in surgical techniques occurring both outside of the OR and during stimulator- and pump-related procedures