Pain Medicine Fellows Participate in Interdisciplinary Clinics
There are several types of clinics in which the fellow will be involved.There are the usual pain medicine clinics where the fellow and/or residents see patients and staff them with an attending physician. Fellows will be expected to be familiar with these patients by reviewing them on the electronic medical record the night before.
The fellows are also involved in several interdisciplinary clinics. These include a Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) clinic, a Pelvic Pain clinic, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinic. This gives fellows exposure to neurologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, physiatrist, urologists, and gynecologists in clinical settings.
The clinics are assigned by the fellow that makes the daily schedule and fellow/resident assignments.
If the fellow is scheduled to be at a satellite then she/he drives out and arrives around 8 – 8:30 a.m. depending on what time conference ends. The length of the day depends on what is scheduled.
Fellows will notice a stark difference in efficiency of the staff at these facilities that will allow 20 cases to be done by 1 p.m. as opposed to the constraints at main campus which include turnover time and lack of ancillary staff support. Usually operative days let out sooner than clinic days.
The average departure time is about 3 p.m. for OR days and 4 – 6 p.m. for clinic days. Depending on what side of town you live on the commute home can be from 5 minutes to 45 minutes. It is important to have a reliable vehicle, especially with the winters in Cleveland.