Roadmap to Pain Fellowship






7:00 pm ETWelcome and IntroductionsKeith Newton, MD
7:05 pm ETUnderstanding Pain Fellowship Options: 
Chronic Pain, Acute Pain, Interventional Spine, etc.

Moderated Panel Discussion

Magdalena Anitescu, MD, PhD

Michael Farrell, MD

Priyanka Ghosh, MD

Rene Przkora, MD, PhD

How Do Choices Affect This Process?
School/Degree/Specialty/Residency Program
Activities During Residency: 
Research, Exams (ITE, Basic, Steps), Mentors
When to Apply
Where to Apply:
How do programs differ? Which will be a good fit? How many programs?
Preparing an Application:
Letters, Personal Statement, Extracurriculars, Research
After Application Submission:
Interviews, Follow-up Communication, Match/Outside the Match
7:40 pm ETQ & A – Panel DiscussionAll faculty
8:00 pm ET Adjournment  



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Scientific/Education Planning Committee

Andrea Chadwick, MD; University of Kansas School of Medicine, Leawood, KS
Ki-Jinn Chin, MBBS, FANZC, FRCPC; Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, Ontario
Keith Newton, MD; University of Central Florida, Ocala, FL

Dr. Magdalena Anitescu

Magdalena Anitescu, MD, PhD, is a professor of anesthesia and critical care, program director for the multidisciplinary pain medicine fellowship, and section chief of pain management services at the University of Chicago Medicine in Chicago, IL. She completed a surgical internship at the University of Iowa and an anesthesia residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Following a pain medicine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic, she joined the faculty at the University of Chicago. She is an accomplished national and international educator, author of numerous textbook chapters and scientific papers, and a member of many professional organizations, editorial boards, and scientific committees that review the academic curriculum for various pain medicine meetings. She developed and edited a series of textbooks for anesthesiology subspecialties based on the problem-based mode of learning. Dr. Anitescu focuses research on improving the quality of life of patients with acute, chronic, or cancer pain through multimodal, multifaceted interventions as well as use of infusion pharmacology and neuromodulation.

Dr. Michael Farrell

Michael E. Farrell II, MD, is a current pain medicine fellow at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He recently completed PM&R residency at the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital National Rehabilitation Hospital. His interests include minimally invasive spine care, neuromodulation, and clinically based research and education.


Priyanka Ghosh, MD, graduated Brown University with her dual degree with Honors in both Neuroscience and Literary, and completed her MD with Distinction at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). While simultaneously attending medical school, Dr. Ghosh continued to pursue her passion for research with a highly competitive and prestigious National Institute of Health (NIH) funded research fellowship, in which she independently designed and executed a clinical trial utilizing novel technology to treat pain in patients with head and neck cancer. She continued on to complete her residency at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC). She then went onto the prestigious Weill Cornell Tri-Institute Pain Fellowship, where she trained at three of the nation's leading hospitals: Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Hospital for Special Surgery and New York Presbyterian Hospital. During her fellowship, she received the very prestigious “Fellow of the Year” Award from the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA), which is awarded annually to one fellow in the country. In addition, given that New York was the epicenter of COVID-19 pandemic, she volunteered to serve as an intensive care unit physician in the COVID-19 ICUs in Manhattan while continuing her pain medicine training. 

Dr. Keith Newton
Keith Newton, MD, a PGY-4 anesthesiology resident at the University of Central Florida. He will begin a pain medicine fellowship at the University of California, Irvine in 2022. 

Dr. Rene Przkora

Rene Przkora, MD, is a professor and chief of the pain medicine division. He is the director of the multispecialty pain medicine fellowship and served as assistant program director of the anesthesiology core residency at the University of Florida from 2016 to 2020. His practice includes acute/chronic pain medicine and operating room anesthesia. Dr. Przkora is active in simulation and curriculum development, and participates in local graduate medical education activities as well as in their evaluations such as mock oral and OSCE exams.



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Educational objectives

After participating in this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss fellowship program options.
  • List steps to take prior to application season.
  • Describe the chronic pain application timeline.
  • Explain the process for a chronic pain fellowship. 
Target audience


The webinar is designed for any resident pain physicians in or outside chronic pain eligible specialties interested in learning about chronic pain fellowship process.

Accreditation and credit designation statements

Credits by DayMaximum
October 21, 20211.00
Total Credits1.00

The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine designates this internet live activity (“course”) for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

PAs (Physicians Assistants)
AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.00 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Nurse Practitioners
The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME. This activity has been approved for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Registered Nurses
Regulations dictate that only physicians may earn CME credits, however, many state Boards of Registered Nursing accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME. Attendees are responsible for confirming their specific board’s acceptance of ASRA-provided credits. This activity has been approved for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

The American Board of Anesthesiology® MOCA®

This activity contributes to the CME requirements for Part II: Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment of the American Board of Anesthesiology’s (ABA) redesigned Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program® (MOCA®), known as MOCA 2.0™. Please consult the ABA website,, for a list of all MOCA 2.0 requirements. Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program® and MOCA® are registered certification marks of The American Board of Anesthesiology®.

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International credits

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
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No industry support has been received for this educational activity.

Disclosure and resolution of personal conflicts of interest

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