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This elective will introduce the student to Pain management through participation in the evaluation and treatment of patients seen at the Richard L Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis.   Students will gain exposure to a vast variety of interventional pain procedures including the most advanced procedures in Pain Management e.g.:  Spinal cord stimulators, implanted pain pumps, Radiofrequency ablations, Kyphoplasty, and MILD procedures.
The rotation will consist of outpatient chronic pain management also, inpatient consults are evaluated regularly. In addition, students will get exposure to acute postoperative pain management and different regional anesthesia techniques.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Belinda Sanborn (bmsanbor@iu.edu)

Director: Ahmed Elsahy, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Describe the pathophysiology of acute and chronic pain. (MK3)
  • 2) Management of acute Postoperative Pain. (MK4)
  • 3) Formulate a treatment plan for chronic pain after evaluation and assessment of patients. (PC3)
  • 4) Participation in the management of acute pain with regional anesthesia techniques. (PC5)
  • 5) Participation in the intervention Chronic Pain Procedures. (PC5)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Clinical performance and participation in the interventional pain clinic and the block room will be assessed by the preceptors and the evaluation compiled by the course director).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 100% Clinical

Elective Type Category: AC - Advanced Clinical

Notes and Enrollment Information:

THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH The course is open to all 4th year medical students at all campuses. Housing and transportation is not provided. Students must email Belinda Sanborn at bmsanbor@iu.edu for enrollment. Please note: This course requires VA credentialing. Credentialing is a complex & time-sensitive process. This is a two-week (2 credit) elective.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None