The combined clinical/research fellowship track offers two options: a 2-year APA accredited (50% research/ 50% clinical) fellowship, or a 3-year (80% research/20% clinical) fellowship.
Research funding for the combined track is available through the Stanford Division of Pain Medicine’s NIH funded T32 training program in Pain and/or Substance Use Disorders. The NIDA T32 is intended to develop postdoctoral trainees’ skills to become independent investigators in the fields of acute and chronic pain, substance abuse disorders, and their intersection. The dual training program (1-3 years) fits alongside clinical training and incorporates required and elective coursework, mentored research experiences, an individual integrated research project, seminars, and exposure to professional development skills, including grant proposal and manuscript writing.
The aim of this program is to develop the next generation of leaders in pain medicine by offering training opportunities for advancing into independent academic careers with grant funding. For example, we have 8 active NIH K-awardees, most of whom were former T32 fellows. T32 fellows may participate in a breadth of NIH, FDA and PCORI-funded clinical trials that focus on characterizing pain mechanisms, novel pain treatments, pain neuroimaging, randomized controlled trials (RCTs) involving patient-centered opioid reduction, RCTs involving online psychological treatments for chronic pain; and digital interventions for surgical pain, chronic pain, and opioid misuse. See below for the list of available research projects.