Pain Fellowship

Program Overview

The UCLA Pain Management Fellowship Program consists of a comprehensive outpatient pain practice, along with an inpatient consult service. We offer four CA-4 (PGY-5) positions each year. The program is set up according to ACGME guidelines with rotational experience in neurology and psychiatry, along with core fellowship training in clinic and interventional-based chronic pain. The acute pain requirement is met by providing in-patient pain consultation services at Santa Monica-UCLA Orthopaedic Hospital. Our goal is to provide a well rounded experience which will prepare our fellows for the pain medicine board exam, and more importantly, future practice.

The UCLA Pain Management Center offers clinical services to our patients Monday through Friday, divided between 4 attending physicians. A variety of cases such as low back and neck pain, myofascial pain, RSD, neuropathic pain, cancer pain, post-herpetic neuralgia etc., are evaluated and treated. Our multidisciplinary approach utilizes the many resources at our disposal, including pain psychology, physical and occupational therapy, neurology and neurosurgery, psychiatry and addiction medicine. The interventional treatments range from basic diagnostic nerve blocks such as epidurals, facet medial branch nerve blocks and sacroiliac joint injections, to sympathetic blocks, chemical neurolysis, radiofrequency ablation and implantable neurostimulator and infusion pump devices. A weekly lecture series includes didactic lectures, journal clubs and quality assurance topics.

The application deadline is July 31st. Selected applicants will be invited for an interview and the final selection is usually made by the first week of October. Click here for more information about the Pain Fellowship application process.

If you have any additional questions, please contact the Fellowship Coordinator, Kathy Hercules, at (310) 319-2241 or email

See also: Application Process