Welcome From the Program Director
Thank you for your interest in the Pain Management Fellowship Program of the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management at the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.
This is a one-year program designed to provide expertise in evaluating and treating pain in a multidisciplinary framework.
As the flagship hospital of Cook County Health, we are the major tertiary referral center within the system and provide care to a diverse population. We have a dedicated staff that takes pride in our hospital’s mission to help all our patients regardless of their ability to pay.
The Faculty of our program consists of board certified anesthesiologists who are further specialized in pain management. This core faculty is complemented by a Physiatrist and a Clinical Psychologist who work directly with fellows in the Clinic. On site rotations on the Acute Pain Service and within the Departments of Palliative Care and Neurology provide exposure to a varied and complex inpatient and outpatient population.
Our dynamic clinic manages a wide range of pain disorders, including back pain, cancer pain, chronic regional pain syndrome, neuropathy, post herpetic neuralgia, post–surgical pain, and post laminectomy syndrome. We provide the latest in technology and employ techniques from different disciplines in our approach to pain management. We utilize a wide spectrum of modalities, from the latest interventional procedure to alternative medical techniques such as acupuncture.
We are expanding our capacity to perform clinical research and have multiple ongoing projects. Our faculty encourages participation in their ongoing research and supports the individual academic interest of the fellows. This research opportunity combined with a rich clinical experience renders the graduate of our program well qualified to practice in any setting they would desire.
Maria L. Torres, MD
Program Director, Pain Fellowship Program
Associate Chair, Dept. of Anesthesiology and Pain Management
Chair, Division of Pain Management
John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital at Cook County
The Pain Management Fellowship Program follows all minimum selection criteria as delineated in the Institutional Policy on Selection. All applicants for a fellowship must:
Be a graduate of an LCME (Liaison Committee on Medical Education) accredited medical school; or an AOA (American Osteopathic Association) accredited medical school; or a medical school listed in the WHO directory of medical schools; or have completed a fifth pathway program provided by an LCME accredited medical school
Be eligible for licensure to practice medicine in the State of Illinois
Have completed an ACGME or AOA accredited residency
Applicants are required to complete and submit the application and supporting documents to our Pain Medicine Fellowship Program via ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) only:
Personal Statement showing your interest in Pain Medicine
Three letters of recommendation, including one from your current Program Director
Last In-Training examination results for Anesthesiology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurology, or Psychiatry