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Fellowship Director's Message

Thank you for your interest in our ACGME-accredited Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship in the Center for Pain and Spine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Our Center is a past winner of the Clinical Centers of Excellence in Pain Management award by the American Pain Society. We are also the teaching hospital for the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. We train four Pain Medicine fellows per year. The fellowship is 12 months in length and starts during the second week of July each year. We currently accept fellowship applications from physicians who are either completing or have completed formal residency training in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurology, Anesthesiology, Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine, and Family Medicine. Our Center for Pain and Spine is a multidisciplinary acute and chronic pain center and serves as a resource for the medical center and for a large part of New England.

We are a division within the Department of Anesthesiology and function in a multidisciplinary capacity. We integrate the disciplines of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, Addictionology, Behavioral Medicine, Radiology, Oncology and Palliative Medicine. Post graduate year two and three Anesthesiology residents rotate through the Center for Pain and Spine as do residents from other medical specialties and medical students from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. The fellowship program combines clinical training, a structured didactic schedule, complimentary rotations, the opportunity to teach, and research opportunities. Innovation in our institution is supported by the passion of our diverse staff, as well as through the Dartmouth SYNERGY Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the Dartmouth Center for Program Design & Evaluation, which provide research support for our fellows. We also have the great fortune to be associated with the world famous Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, which has been helping to improve medicine for over 30 years.

The core fellowship providers are made up of numerous faculty members, each with unique interests and experience, but all possessing a passion and commitment to teaching. We seek to further the careers of the best of the next generation of pain physicians in both private practice and academia.

Our fellowship program offers a well-balanced mixture of medical, physical, psychological, and interventional modalities. We offer a strong didactic experience including morning conferences by institutional experts. The comprehensive didactic schedule, structured to complement the clinical experience prepares the fellow for independent practice as well as certification examinations. In addition to the typical topics, this didactic schedule also includes discussions on practice management, the business of medicine, and medicolegal aspects of pain management..

We include training and rotations in the Center for Pain and Spine, as well as a Palliative Care service for our seriously ill population. The interventional pain aspect of the fellowship includes training in basic techniques such as peripheral blocks, neuraxial blocks, and neurolysis among many others. We are also active in the area of neuromodulation with the use of spinal cord, peripheral nerve, and craniofacial nerve stimulation trials and implantations. For unremitting cancer-related pain, we offer intra-thecal and epidural administration of analgesics by means of spinal infusion systems. We utilize both fluoroscopic and ultrasound guidance techniques. We have a strong relationship with our orthopedic colleagues and for non-spinal musculoskeletal pain we offer comprehensive work-ups and frequently utilize ultrasound-guided MSK procedures.

We are exceedingly fortunate to have the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, designated by the National Cancer Institute as a comprehensive cancer center, within our medical center. Time with the Palliative Medicine service allows our fellows to learn the skills of cancer-related pain assessment and treatment from the passionate and dedicated medical providers within this Center.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is located in one of the most beautiful places in the world. High quality outdoor areas a bound here, allowing one the opportunity to explore a variety of activities, such as hiking, mountain biking, trail running, mountaineering, camping, alpine skiing, cross country skiing, rowing, snowshoeing, kayaking and more. Our Ivy League institution brings world-class speakers and entertainers, as well as division one college-level sports, to the area. The culture in our institution is collegial and exceedingly friendly. We believe that our program is exemplary, with unparalleled academic resources. We constantly strive to improve the care we provide to our patients and innovation is the rule.

We are currently accepting applications for the academic year beginning in July 2021. All positions are assigned through the NRMP match, and applications are accepted through ERAS. For more information regarding stipends and benefits, I invite you to visit the DHMC GME website.

Sincerely,

David V. Dent, DO, MPH
Program Director, Pain Medicine Fellowship
Medical Director, Functional Restoration Program
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

For more information contact:
Cynthia L. Loseby
Pain Medicine Fellowship Program
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
One Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756
(603) 650-8391

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