NASS is the world’s largest spine society representing surgical and non-surgical specialties. There has been a growing demand for well-trained interventional spine and non-surgical musculoskeletal specialists. To address this, NASS developed criteria to officially recognize ISMM fellowship programs that meet a standard of academic and educational rigor agreed upon by the NASS ISMM Fellowship Committee. A core curriculum has been developed to provide high quality, consistent clinical and procedural education for all matriculating trainees. All NASS-recognized ISMM Fellowships have agreed to participate in a Match program starting in 2020 for the 2021 and future incoming classes. This will be via NASS for the current cycle.
What Distinguishes NASS ISMM Fellowships From Pain Fellowships?
The primary focus of NASS-recognized ISMM fellowships is the clinical assessment and treatment of patients with spine and musculoskeletal conditions. The fellowships are unique from ACGME Pain Medicine fellowships, which require training in inpatient acute pain management, palliative care, psychiatry, pediatric pain management and intubation.
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