Letter from the Program Director
To all prospective applicants:
Thank you for your interest in the University of Massachusetts physiatry interventional spine fellowship program. We offer a non-accreditated, university graduate medical education approved one year program with two fellows per year.
The goal for the physiatry interventional spine fellowship is to provide a comprehensive learning experience ultimately developing a solid foundation for independent functioning as an interventional spine physiatrist. We believe this experience is accomplished by three broad areas of study throughout the fellowship program. Discretion opportunities will include outcome studies, clinical trials, and basic science research. The clinics are busy, varied, and include outpatient assessments of the patients, pre and post injections as well as electrodiagnostic workups and ultrasound evaluations, as appropriate.
Clinical problem solving:
- Interventional spine procedure development
- 4 half day clinics with interventional spine specialists – physiatrists and anesthesiologists
- 3 half day outpatient clinics, focusing on evaluation of patients with musculoskeletal problems
- 2 half day outpatient electrodiagnostic clinics, with review of cases by ABEM certified physiatrist
- 1 half day of inpatient consults with a variety of physiatry problems
- Additional outpatient experience with sports, or coverage of teams can be arranged
- Off site regional and national conferences
Skill Development for interventional spine procedures
The fellowship will provide an environment and experience, which will enhance the fellow’s skills to become technically proficient in interventional spine procedures. During the fellowship, the fellow is taught all the necessary skills to perform these procedures as well as skills needed to handle any emergencies related to doing these procedures. The fellowship focuses on routine lumbar and joint interventional procedures, and advances to cervical ones once the fellow is more proficient. The goal is to allow the fellow to do more complex procedures with the attending’s support. The fellow will be proficient in all basic spinal interventional procedures, and many of the more complicated ones by the end of the Fellowship.
Faren Williams, MD, MS
Director of Fellowship and Faculty for outpatient musculoskeletal and electrodiagnostics
Postgraduate fellowship education in physiatry is a component in the continuum of the educational process, and such education should take place after completion of an accredited physical medicine and rehabilitation residency.
Your completed portfolio should include the standard UMass application form for post-graduate education:
- Personal statement
- USMLE Scores, Step 1, 2, 3
- A minimum of two (2) letters of recommendation
Application Deadline is November 1.
Interviews will be held as applicants are invited to visit.
Send applications to:
Faren Williams, MD, MS, c/o Kerri Wentworth, Dept of Orthopedics
119 Belmont St., Worcester, Ma 01605
Salaries are competitive with other programs.
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