The Train the Trainer Primary Care Pain Fellowship is accepting applications for the 2018-19 class scheduled to launch in September 2018. Please click here to access the application form.

Expanding and optimizing the chronic pain management workforce

Although primary care providers have traditionally had limited formal training in chronic pain management, they deliver the majority of the pain care in the United States. The UC Davis Train-the-Trainer Primary Care Pain Management Fellowship provides a 10-month, multidisciplinary, evidence-based educational program for providers who wish to become expert clinicians and teachers in primary care pain management. This fellowship was designed for practicing clinicians, and provides the opportunity to continue to work in their current practice while they receive the training, mentorship and resources needed to lead their primary care community to improve the practice of safe and effective pain management. This fellowship is not an ACGME-approved fellowship and learning takes place outside of traditional work hours.
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Program highlights

  • The fellowship is designed for primary-care-oriented providers and trainees (e.g. internal medicine, family medicine, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, pharmacist) who wish to receive advanced training in primary care pain management.
  • The curriculum targets the most frequently encountered issues in primary care pain management issues, with a significant emphasis on addressing responsible opioid prescribing and the epidemic of prescription drug abuse.
  • Fellowship participants learn how to teach the concepts, theories and practices learned to their primary care colleagues in their communities, networks and region.
  • Fellowship participants are paired with faculty mentors who are experts in pain management.


Fellowship curriculum highlights

Fellows receive more than 40 hours of training in primary care pain management. At program conclusion, fellows receive a certificate of participation from the UC Davis Center for Advancing Pain Relief:

  1. Two intensive weekend learning sessions in Sacramento, California (minimum 24 CME hours)
  2. Bi-monthly, live, case-based videoconference sessions with a focus on integrated primary care pain management (minimum 20 CME hours)
  3. Individualized monthly mentoring with a Pain Management Fellowship faculty member (10 non-CME hours)
  4. Monthly office hours on selected topics in primary care pain management
  • All primary care-oriented providers and trainees are eligible, including licensed physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and pharmacists.
  • To be considered for enrollment, primary care pain fellowship applicants must complete an application and submit their curriculum vitae or resume.  Approved applicants are then emailed instructions on enrollment.
  • Tuition for the fellowship is $15,000 per year. Tuition will be invoiced to the sponsoring agency upon notification of acceptance into the fellowship (payment must be received before start  of fellowship year).

Fellows must complete the following in order to receive a certificate of completion:   

  • Attend and participate in both weekend learning sessions in Sacramento.
  • Attend and participate in a minimum 80 percent of bi-monthly videoconference learning sessions.
  • Participate in a minimum of eight hours of individualized mentorship.
  • Complete all requested evaluation and surveys.


David Copenhaver, M.D., M.P.H. 
Pain Medicine, Anesthesiology

Charles DeMesa, D.O., M.P.H.
Pain Medicine, Physical Medicine

Scott M. Fishman, M.D. 
Executive Director
Pain Medicine, Psychiatry, Palliative Care

Sergio Aguilar-Gaxiola, M.D., Ph.D. 
Associate Director
Internal Medicine

Gagan Mahajan, M.D.
Associate Director
Pain Medicine


Timothy Cutler, Pharm.D., BCGP
Outpatient Pharmacy, Anticoagulation Services

Shelly Henderson, Ph.D.
Family and Community Medicine

Stephen Henry, M.D., M.Sc.
Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Bioethics

Mark Holtsman, Pharm.D.
Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, Inpatient Pharmacy, Inpatient Pain Service

Ian Koebner, MSc., MAOM, L.Ac.
Pain Medicine

Samir Sheth, M.D. 
Pain Medicine, Anesthesiology

Naileshni Singh, M.D.
Pain Medicine, Anesthesiology

Allied Faculty

Joseph Amos, M.D.
Interventional Pain Management
Memorial Hospital Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center

Miguel X Escalon, M.D.
Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, NY

Barbara St. Marie

Barbara St. Marie, Ph.D., R.N., ANP, GNP
College of Nursing
University of Iowa

Sara Goel, DO

Sara Goel, D.O.
Interventional Pain Management, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 
Houston Spine and Joint Pain Consultants

  • Introduction to Rational Polypharmacy
  • Responsible Opioid Prescribing
  • Physical Exam for those who have pain
  • Neuropathic Analgesia
  • Best Practices for Antidepressants and Pain Management
  • Analgesic Pharmacology of Opioids
  • Analgesic Pharmacology of Buprenorphine
  • Risk Assessment
  • Management of fibromyalgia
  • Evaluating Candidacy for Chronic Opioid Therapy
  • Opioid Screening Tools
  • Surveillance and Adherence Monitoring
  • Evaluating Aberrant Behavior
  • Appropriate Documentation for Chronic Opioid Therapy: FSMB Guidelines
  • Tapering Methodologies
  • Chronic Opioid Therapy and Mental Health
  • Pain Management and Addiction
  • Naloxone as a Rescue for Unintentional Overdose
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain Patients
  • Neurology and Headaches Overview
  • Rheumatologic pain disorder
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Physical Therapy for Pain Management

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