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Department: MEANE-Anesthesiology
Course: 507-Pain Medicine

Course Coordinator: Dr. Crystal C. Wright
Course Faculty: Dr. Mehran Rahbar
Elective Location:
Periods Elective offered: Qtr: 4
Min. Number of Students:Max: 1
Course Level: Clinical Elective: Counts toward 32-credit graduation requirement
Credit: 8
Pre-requisites: Medicine and Surgery
Visiting Student Elective: Yes
Open to International Students: Yes
Grading: H,HP, P, MP, F Narrative Evaluation
Faculty Approval: No

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: Inpatient consultations:
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Weekends: Surgery:
Statement of Goals:
Faculty approval required for all Anesthesia elective registration. (Limited number of visiting student participation) Students must invest four or more weeks to receive elective credit. During this elective, students receive supervised instruction in the comprehensive, multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment of patients with chronic pain syndromes. A team of faculty anesthesiologists, fellows, residents, psychologists, nurses, physical therapists, and consultants from neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, medicine, and physical medicine designs and individual treatment program for each patient. These patients often have chronic pain syndromes-reflex sympathetic dystrophy, post-herpetic neuralgia, myofascial syndrome, trigeminal neuralgia, temporomandibular joint disease, and Raynaud's disease-that do not respond to conventional medical care. Advanced therapeutic techniques provided by the Center include: a) invasive treatments-dorsal column stimulator implantation, intraspinal opioid delivery system implantation, diagnostic/prognostic/neurolytic/ therapeutic neural blockade, cryoneurolysis, radio-frequency thermal lesioning; b) non-invasive treatments-biofeedback, psychological counseling, physical therapy, group therapy. Management of patients with intractable, chronic pain comprises approximately 10 percent of a physician's medical practice, regardless of specialty. This advanced clinical clerkship offers valuable experience not only to students planning a career in anesthesiology, but also to students planning to enter a primary care specialty.
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When and Where to report on first day of service:
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Annette Brieno -- Off on Fridays
Contact Phone: 713-798-1887
Contact Fax: 713-798-6374
Contact Location: 1709 Dryden, Suite 1700
Address: Department of Anesthesiology; Faculty Center
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