How to Become a Pain Management Doctor


Pain management doctors are physicians who specialize in anesthesiology and pain medication for the treatment of chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia and post-surgery complications. Pain management is a more recent subsection of medicine as the methods of treating pain became more varied and complex. Becoming a pain management doctor is challenging since it involves getting a standard medical degree before dedicating more years to gaining experience in the vast array of medications and treatments that pain management provides.

  • Earn a 4-year degree from an accredited university in a degree of your choice.

  • Go to medical school. You will need to pass your final exams, get your doctorate in medicine and be certified as a medical doctor before you can move on to pain specialty. This will take another 4 years on average.

  • Choose a specialty to pursue after you become a medical doctor. Pain management doctors generally have specialties in orthopedics, neurology, physiatry, or anesthesiology. Decide which one interests you the most and pursue it.

  • Complete the courses required for your chosen specialty, which can take up to another 4 years and involves a lot of residency experience.

  • Undergo a final year of pain management treatment and pass the exam to be certified as a pain management specialist by the American Board of Anesthesiology, who is authorized by the American Board of Medical Specialties to issue certifications in pain management.

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