The University of Colorado Pain Medicine Fellowship accepts 1 anesthesiolgy-track fellow each year into a comprehensive training program that emphasizes compassionate, appropriate, and knowledge-based care. We pride ourselves on practice-based learning, professionalism, and interpersonal communication,and systems-based practice. Training at the University of Colorado Pain Medicine fellowship provides full immersion in the multidisciplinary components of pain assessment and treatment. Our program includes staff with expertise in anesthesiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, neurosurgery, neurology, psychiatry, psychology, physical therapy, palliative care, internal medicine, chiropractic and acupuncture. We stress a unified approach to evaluation and management of simple and complicated pain problems alike.
Fellows at the University of Colorado Pain Medicine program will learn from a diverse and dedicated staff skilled in practical and theoretical approaches to treating pain. In addition to training at the University of Colorado at Denver Health Sciences Center, fellows also gain experience at the Veterans' Administration Medical Center of Denver and The Children's Hospital. The Denver VAMC is a regional referral center for veterans with a variety of pain syndromes. The Children's Hospital is ranked the 7th best pediatric hospital in America by US News and World Report.
A comprehensive didactic program of lectures is offered, with daily lectures on topics of pain medicine, weekly multi-disciplinary conferences, and periodic journal reviews. In addition, our fellows will learn practice management techniques, business strategies, medical-legal aspects of pain practice, and quality improvement paradigms.
As a regional leader in interventional anesthetic and surgical techniques for pain control, our centers see more than 10,000 patients and perform nearly 4,000 procedures annually. This includes a variety of fluoroscopically and non-fluoroscopically guided neural blockade procedures. Additionally, interventions such as radiofrequency lesioning, chemical neuroablation, implantation of spinal cord stimulators, sympathetic blockade and other minimally invasive neuraxial procedures are routinely performed. We work in concert with services that employ bio-behavioral therapies, and integrative medicine methods such as biofeedback, hypnosis, acupuncture, chiropractic care, cognitive behavior therapy and mind/body techniques.
Truly, pain medicine training at the University of Colorado offers an innovative and comprehensive education in the many approaches and modalities available for pain management.
Jason P. Krutsch, MD
Director, Interventional Pain Management
Associate Director, Pain Fellowship
Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
University of Colorado Denver