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Chronic Pain Medicine Fellowship

Thank you for your interest in the Pain Medicine Fellowship at the University of Oklahoma. We are an ACGME accredited training program under the department of Anesthesiology since 1995 and offer a continuum of education in pain medicine according to the requirements set forth by the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA). 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. Throughout the year, the fellow will be trained to obtain thorough history and physical exams for evaluation of chronic pain, instructed on interpretation of imaging modalities for assessment of pathological chronic pain problems, and trained in a multitude of interventional pain techniques for alleviation of chronic pain.
  • The fellow will also interact with other medical specialties including radiology, neurosurgery, neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, palliative care, oncology, pediatrics, as well as subspecialties of anesthesiology such as regional anesthesiology in order to foster a multidisciplinary approach for management of chronic pain.
  • The location of training will be split between the University of Oklahoma Medical Center, Oklahoma Children’s Hospital, and Veterans Affairs Medical Center of Oklahoma City as well as certain off sites for some specialty rotations.
  • There is a strong focus on didactics with weekly lectures, anesthesiology oral board preparation, emphasis on fostering research through participation in monthly journal clubs, departmental quality improvement, individual research projects and participation in anesthesiology and pain medicine national meetings. 


During the 12 months the will develop skills in different aspects of pain medicine including:

  • Acute pain medicine
    • Inpatient chronic pain management
    • Neuraxial procedures and peripheral nerve blocks for surgery
  • Chronic pain management of adults and children
  • Cancer pain medicine
  • Interventional procedures
    • Cervical, thoracic and lumbar neuraxial procedures under fluoroscopy
    • Spinal column Augmentation techniques
    • Neuromodulation
    • Intrathecal Drug Delivery
    • Neurolytic Techniques
    • Peripheral nerve blocks and Sympathetic blocks
    • Myofascial pain treatments
    • Peripheral Nerve Stimulation
  • 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

  • (2023-2024) PGY5 Salary $68,316 + $10,000 departmental stipend
  • (2024-2025) PGY5 Salary $72,941 + $10,000 departmental stipend

Fringe benefits

  • License application fee reimbursement
  • License renewal fee reimbursement
  • Individual health and dental insurance (family coverage may be purchased at group rate)
  • Group life insurance
  • Two monogrammed lab coats and laundry service
  • Free parking
  • Educational benefits
  • ASA membership
  • OSA membership (courtesy of OSA)
  • Discretionary account - $750 
  • 24 hour computer access
  • E-mail account
  • Authorized absence
  • 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.

Chronic Pain Medicine Faculty

OU Medical CenterEldhose Abrahams, M.D. Program Director and Assistant Professor


Application Information

 *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.

Program Contact

Brian Johnson
Fellowship Program Coordinator
920 S. L. Young Boulevard Suit 1140
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

Phone: (405) 271-4351 Ext. 55112
Fax (405) 271-8695