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If you are interested in the fellowship program, please email Kate Lorenzen for more information.

About the fellowship program

Health professionals are confronted with pain and its management every day. However, pain management receives surprisingly little attention in medical, nursing and other professional schools. The lack of appropriate pain education has left primary care providers on the front line of health care at a substantial disadvantage when managing patients with complex chronic pain. To help close this knowledge gap, the UC Davis Center for Advancing Pain Relief offers the Train the Trainer Primary Care Pain Management Fellowship.

The Train the Trainer Primary Care Pain Management Fellowship incorporates a competency-based curriculum and a hybrid educational model of in-person and distance-based learning, live webinars, simulation experiences and direct faculty-fellow mentoring. Fellows learn from leaders in the field, gaining the knowledge and skills needed to educate their colleagues on the primary care frontline and raise the standard of pain management across their primary care community, networks and region.

The fellowship targets the most pressing topics related to pain management, including prescription drug abuse, responsible opioid prescribing, substance abuse, as well as broad coverage of comprehensive pain management. It also prepares fellows to become educators in their health care communities. The fellowship is designed for practicing clinicians and provides the opportunity to continue to work in their current practice while receiving training, resources and mentorship. Please note, this fellowship is not an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-approved fellowship and learning takes place outside of traditional work hours.

Meet our directors and faculty

Fellowship program highlights

  • Up-to-date, competency-based training from a multidisciplinary team of experts on all aspects of primary care pain management
  • Skills to teach their colleagues the concepts, theories and practices learned
  • One-on-one mentoring and individualized learning with UC Davis experts in pain management
  • Opportunity to share de-identified cases with pain medicine faculty for discussion and real-time feedback
  • Exclusive access to presentations, recordings and other educational resources
  • Optional Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) waiver training to qualify to prescribe treatment of opioid use disorder
  • Upon completion, fellows receive certificates of participation from the UC Davis Center for Advancing Pain Relief

Fellowship curriculum highlights

  • Two intensive weekend workshops
  • Live, competency-based webinars with a focus on integrated primary care pain management
  • Individualized monthly mentoring with a pain management fellowship faculty member


  • All primary care-oriented providers 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. Approved applicants are emailed instructions upon enrollment.
  • Tuition is invoiced to the sponsoring agency upon notification of acceptance into the fellowship program. Payment must be received before start of fellowship year. Full tuition waivers for safety-net providers in California are available, including those providers with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and county health systems.

Core content

  • Motivational interviewing techniques and cognitive reframing
  • Physical exams for pain
  • Nutrition and pain management
  • Rational polypharmacy technique
  • Analgesic pharmacology non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Opioid risk stratification
  • Naloxone as a rescue for unintentional overdose
  • Opioid tapering methodologies
  • Buprenorphine as a strategy for pain management
  • Addiction and chronic pain
  • Adherence monitoring
  • Marijuana, cannabinoids and pain management
  • Failed back surgery syndrome
  • Pain procedures for chronic pain
  • Ultrasound-guided procedures and pain care for primary care providers
  • Regenerative medicine in the primary care setting
  • Conducting a pain visit in 15 minutes

Contact our team

If you are interested in the fellowship program, please email Kate Lorenzen for more information.