Pain management

Our program

“The fellowship offers a broad exposure to all aspects necessary for managing chronic painful disorders.”

-David Drake, M.D., Pain Medicine Fellowship program director

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at VCU is proud to direct the institution’s first and only multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship that is fully accredited by the American Council of Graduate Medical Education.

The accreditation ensures a superior and multidisciplinary rigorous integrated training. This is a very stringent program that will blend formal didactic lectures, monthly morbidity and morbidity conferences, and monthly journal clubs. Through the rotations of the training, the fellow will acquire the critical and necessary skills for the overall comprehensive treatment of painful disorders due to spine and non-spine origins. This encompasses accurate diagnosis, pharmacologic management, advanced interventional technique and cutting-edge implant therapy.

Rotations

  • VCUHS Neuroscience, Orthopedics, and Wellness Center (NOW) – interventional pain management/chronic non-malignant cancer pain management – three months
  • VA 1- Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center – pain/rehabilitation and psychiatry – three months
  • VA 2- Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center – anesthesiology/neurology/palliative care – three months
  • Sheltering Arms Physical Rehabilitation Center – physical medicine and rehabilitation – three months

How to Apply

VCU Health's Department of PM&R Pain Management Fellowship training program is currently accepting applications through ERAS for the 2018-2019 academic year. Applications will be accepted beginning December 1, 2016 through May 1, 2017. Prospective applicants must submit their applications and supporting documentation through ERAS only. We are no longer accepting paper applications.

The following materials are required for your application to be deemed complete:

  • My ERAS Application
  • Applicant Photograph
  • Medical School Transcript/Dean’s Letter
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • USMLE (Steps 1-3) or Comlex Transcript
  • ECFMG certificate (IMG applicants)

Eligibility requirements

Prospective applicants required clinical education must be completed in an ACGME or RCPSC accredited residency program. Applicants that are chosen for an interview will be notified directly by our GME Coordinator. 

If you have questions regarding the application process, contact Rondia Smith, sharondia.smith@vcuhealth.org or (804) 828-8693. 

Current fellows

  • Moustafa Ahmed, M.B., B.C.H.
  • Gregory Condie, D.O.
  • Stephanie Marcy, D.O.
  • Rebecca Shoemaker, M.D.

Details

  • Call schedule – one week per month, phone calls
  • Salary – PGY 5 – $59,195
  • Vacation – 15 days per year
  • Moonlighting – discouraged, but allowable within departmental policy

Contact information

David Drake, M.D. 
Program director, Pain Medicine Fellowship 
david.drake4@va.gov

Rondia Smith 
GME coordinator, PM&R 
sharondia.smith@vcuhealth.org 
(804) 828-8693

PM&R Pain Fellowship 
1223 East Marshall Street, Fourth Floor 
P.O. Box 980677 
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0677