Pain Medicine Rotation

The Division of Pain Medicine is truly multidisciplinary and focuses on treating pain through interventional modalities when appropriate.  Resident learn pain medicine during a one month rotation at UIC and a month rotation at the Jesse Brown VA.  Residents manage acute and chronic pain needs for inpatients and outpatients settings.   All modalities and interventions are used to maximize pain relief while minimizing risks.  Residents are heavily involved in pain management plans which include prescribing medications, interventional pain procedures, and physical therapy.   We offer daily didactic lectures addressing topics ranging from basic pain principles to fellowship level didactics.  Additionally, residents are exposed to a multidisciplinary conference every Friday morning at the VA which includes physiatrists, psychologists, pain medicine doctors, and clinical pharmacologists.  At University of Illinois at Chicago, our service offers 3600 outpatient encounters, over 2200 procedures, 1200 outpatient consults, and 500 inpatient interactions.  At the VA, the numbers are approximately 3,600 outpatient encounters, 800 procedures, 900 consults, and 150 inpatient interactions per year.