The University of Oklahoma offers a continuum of education in pain medicine according to the requirements set forth by the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA). The Pain Medicine Fellowship program was approved by the ACGME in 1995. One candidate is matched each year to fill the fellowship position. The candidate must be a graduate of an ABMS approved residency.
The goal of training is to prepare the trainee to be a consultant in pain medicine. The pain medicine fellow will interact with several other medical disciplines also concerned with acute and chronic pain medicine in all age groups. Comprehensive histories and examinations are emphasized and further diagnostic treatments will contain elements of multiple disciplines. The pain fellow will spend sufficient time with other specialties to become familiar with areas relevant to pain medicine. For example, he or she will spend some time in neuroradiology for interpretation of x-ray, C.T. scan and MRI exam, or with a psychiatrist to understand psychological factors that affect pain perception. Other areas will include physiatry, neurology, anesthesiology (for non-anesthesia residents), and palliative care.
The fellowship allows the fellow to serve 12 months between our facilities at Oklahoma Children's Hospital, University of Oklahoma Medical Center , and Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
During the 12 months the fellow should be able to develop skills in different aspects of pain medicine including:
- Acute pain medicine.
- Chronic pain medicine of adults and children.
- Cancer pain medicine.
- Interventional procedures.
- Psychological aspects of pain.
- Radiological evaluation.
- Role of physical therapy.
- Practice and financial management.
- Knowledge and experience required in order to perform as a consultant.
- Interaction with other specialties and referring physicians.
Department Benefits for Pain Medicine Fellow
Salary (2020-2021) $65,288+
- License application fee reimbursement
- License renewal fee reimbursement
- Individual health and dental insurance (family coverage may be purchased at group rate)
- Group life insurance
- 2 monogrammed lab coats and laundry service
- Free parking
- ASA membership
- OSA membership (courtesy of OSA)
- Discretionary account - $750
- 24 hour computer access
- E-mail account
- 15 days vacation each year
- Up to 5 days professional leave (academic good standing)
- Up to 15 days sick leave/year*
*According to University policy, residents are allowed to have 15 days of vacation and 15 days of sick leave per year. However, the ABA requires that residents only miss a total of 20 days per year during their Pain Medicine Fellowship.
Pain Medicine Faculty
OU Medical Center
Gretchen Wienecke, M.D. Program Director and Associate Professor
Joysree Subramanian, M.D. Director of Pain Medicine Section and Associate Professor
Badie Mansour, M.D. Associate Professor
Raghuvender Ganta, M.D.
*Applications accepted through ERAS system.
** Please submit with personal statement, any applicable training exam scores, 3 letters of recommendation, and any additional information that you think would strengthen your application.