From the Program Director
Dear Prospective Applicant,
Thank you for your interest in our Multidisciplinary Chronic Pain Medicine Fellowship Program. We are proud and thrilled to offer a one of a kind, ACGME accredited, multidisciplinary pain fellowship that will allow our graduates to be eligible for board certification in Pain Medicine.
We are the first and only accredited pain medicine fellowship program in the state of Arkansas and our goals are as follows:
- Provide excellent, experiential education in innovative, interventional, opioid-sparing chronic pain care.
- Foster participation in knowledge advancement in the field of chronic pain through novel research initiatives.
- Establish opportunities for future collaboration through networking and international society involvement.
- Provide unique experiences and learning opportunities that will help differentiate you from your current and future peers.
The fellowship year is divided between the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital (AR-VA). At UAMS, continuity clinic is held at the Interventional Pain Clinic. Here, fellows gain experience with spine procedures ranging from epidurals and radiofrequency ablations to neuromodulation and vertebral augmentation. Fellows also rotate with Dr. Erika Petersen who is a national leader in functional and restorative neurosurgery to gain more experience with complex neuromodulation.
Dr. David Culver, who is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation as well as pain medicine, is the site director at the AR-VA. The AR-VA provides a truly multidisciplinary pain rehabilitation program where therapists, psychologists, and physicians work side by side. Here, fellows also gain experiences in opioid use disorder treatment, palliative care, chiropractic care, and diagnostic electromyography.
Our diverse, enthusiastic core faculty has trained at several of the top institutions in the country including Weill Cornell Medical School at New York Presbyterial Hospital, Johns Hopkins University Hospital, Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Washington University in St. Louis at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, and Texas-Southwestern in Dallas. Our research initiatives are also diverse and include six industry funded multi-center neuromodulation device trials and multiple intramural and extramural grant funded research projects. These include opioid education initiatives like AR-Impact, patient reported outcome measures, racial and ethnic disparities in pain management, and implementation of safe opioid prescribing on a hospital system level.
To supplement our education experience, we have a number of special initiatives including Arkansas Pain Symposium, Distinguished Lecture Series in Pain Medicine, hands-on cadaver lab training, and monthly community journal clubs, as well as weekly lecture series to cover core pain medicine topics. In addition, Dr. Jill Mhyre, Dola S. Thompson Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology, leads a career development series that provides expert education on how to ask research questions, conduct studies, and disseminate results. I personally lead an education series on professional development, financial health, networking, and society participation.
I am confident that you will find the educational opportunities that UAMS presents to be rich and fulfilling. Little Rock is my home, and I feel that it is a great place to begin a career. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any specific questions. I look forward to meeting you soon.
Johnathan Goree, M.D.
Director of Chronic Pain Division
Chronic Pain Medicine Fellowship Program Director
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology