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Fellowship in Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain

At UCSD, postgraduate fellows will be immersed in a comprehensive curriculum incorporating advanced regional anesthesia techniques, such as continuous perineural infusion and ultrasound-guidance; multimodal acute pain management strategies; and clinical and translational research.

The UCSD RAAPM Fellowship emphasizes expert training in state-of-the-art regional anesthesia techniques and multi-modal strategies for acute pain management. We constantly strive to keep our curriculum fresh and provide our fellows with the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and advanced training program available.

The fellowship structure is:

  • Flexible, with time allocated to the inpatient and ambulatory center block rooms, Acute Pain Service, operating room, and nonclinical pursuits (i.e. research, education, quality improvement, global health)
  • Fellows will have 1-2 attending operating room days per week (either supervising or providing solo anesthesia coverage), which helps augment salary.

Our fellows practice in a block room setting in order to gain necessary repetition and a high volume of procedures, where they learn strategies to optimize patient flow, increase procedural efficiency and system performance, and establish patient rapport for effective follow-up

In addition to clinical training, our fellows have the opportunity to:

  • Participate in our productive clinical research program. Fellows’ involvement in research can range from simply performing the research-related procedures to heading up their own projects and/or clinical trials.
  • Gain exposure to novel regional anesthesia modalities including cryotherapy and peripheral neuromodulation
  • Gain deeper understanding in regional anesthesia/acute pain literature, statistics, and designing studies.
  • Participate in improving resident and fellow education and curriculum design
  • Participate in pediatric regional anesthesia and pain management rotation in collaboration with Anesthesia Services Medical Group at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego
  • Participate in international medical missions involving regional anesthesia. See our past philanthropy work.
  • Rotate in the preoperative care clinic and help improve enhanced recovery after surgery pathways
  • Improve education projects including simulation teaching

Clinical Experience

  • Master basic single-injection and continuous peripheral nerve block techniques
  • Employ ultrasound-guidance and electrical stimulation, as well as advanced ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia procedures and paravertebral blocks
  • Gain experience managing continuous perineural infusions for inpatients and outpatients, as well adjunct analgesic medications
  • Learn to apply regional anesthesia techniques in a variety of surgical settings including trauma/burn, elective outpatient and more invasive orthopedics, vascular surgery, abdominal and pelvic procedures, head and neck surgery, and plastic/reconstructive surgery for adult and pediatric patients

Fellowship Pathways

Beginning in 2020, we are the first RAAPM fellowship program to offer combined fellowship opportunities with Global Health/Health Policy and Biomedical Informatics. RAAPM fellows interested in either pathway have the opportunity to devote a portion of of their fellowship year towards academic time in both areas. In addition to course work in the Global Health and Health Policy, established Global Health opportunities include a partnership fellowship program in Rwanda with Dr. Swisher and other sustainable global health work in Mozambique, Guyana, and Nigeria. The Biomedical Informatics pathway with Dr. Gabriel will include course work, formal training in database research, and research mentorship

Research Possibilities

  • Participate in the design and execution of randomized prospective controlled trials in regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine
  • Research in novel therapies for acute pain medicine including ultrasound-guided percutaneous cryoanalgesia and peripheral neuromodulation (i.e. peripheral nerve stimulators for postoperative pain)
  • Execute retrospective projects using institutional and national data to identify trends and patterns in regional anesthesia and pain practice
  • Design and execute improve enhanced recovery pathways for surgical patients in the acute pain service
  • Research in data science, machine learning/artificial intelligence, and predictive modeling for perioperative pain/opioids using large datasets
  • Research in the efficacy of various multimodal approaches to acute pain management
  • See our division's list of publications in the recent years


Brian Park, MD (Brigham)

Christian Seger, MD (UCLA)

Christine Kuo, MD (UCSF)

Max Soghikian, MD (Northwestern)

Kenny Miller, MD (UCSD)

Tracy Ro, MD (Cedars Sinai)

Past Fellows

Eligibility and Positions

8-10 annually (August 1st start dates). Candidates must be able obtain a California medical license prior to starting fellowship.

Application Materials

Please submit the ASRA Common Application, an updated CV, three letters of recommendation (one from program director), a recent picture, USMLE and Specialty In-Service Scores, a copy of Medical School Diploma. Complete applications should be sent to ​Incomplete application packets will not be reviewed.

Application Period

Our fellowship spots for the 2022-2023 cycle have filled. Applications for the 2024-2025 RAAPM fellowship year will be accepted from November 1st, 2022 through January 31st, 2023. As one of the top fellowship in the country, our spots fill quickly. Interviews will be held Feburary 11th and 12th. We would recommend submitting your application early in November or December. We are looking for candidates for one-year fellowships to start in August 2023 and 2024. Interviews for 2024 will be held in January and February.

Note To Prospective Applicants About USCD's COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate:
UC San Diego and San Diego County Health policies mandate that all healthcare workers be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations or have an exemption for medical or religious reasons (subject to review and approval).  In addition, UCSD's major affiliates have similar expectations.


Ileana Ramirez
Anesthesiology Fellowship Coordinator
Office: (858) 657-5272
Fax: (858) 249-1239

Brian P. Curran, MD
Fellowship Program Director

Rodney A. Gabriel, MD MAS
Chief, Division of Regional Anesthesia

Engy T. Said, MD
Chief, Division of Acute Pain