The Johns Hopkins Department of Anesthesiology, the Division of Pain Medicine and Dr. Shravani Durbhakula invite Pain Fellows to enroll in “Pain Rounds with Dr. D,” a video curriculum and research project on the fundamentals of neuromodulation. This will be a free series (password protected and by subscription only). Fellows who enroll will be expected to view the complete video series and fill out pre/post surveys for research purposes.
"Pain Rounds with Dr. D" features interviews and demonstrations with established experts from academia and private practices around the country. Topics will include challenging lead placement, surgical skills, management of complications, patient selection, the evidence behind spinal cord stimulation, case-based scenarios, professional development, and more!
ACGME-accredited pain fellowships only require five neuromodulation cases to graduate. This is in sharp contrast to the high numbers required for other types of procedures. Furthermore, there is no specification as to what can be considered a neuromodulation case (a five-minute intrathecal pump refill procedure is counted as equivalent to a spinal cord stimulator implant). Thus, fellows may leave training with unpredictable neuromodulation education and variable comfort levels with spinal cord stimulation.
This series aims to equalize the medical knowledge and clinical competency gap amongst interventional pain fellows, regardless of baseline specialty or institution. We hope to significantly increase comfort level and confidence with the procedures, and thereby expand the percentage of pain physicians utilizing neuromodulation nationally.
Shravani Durbhakula, M.D., is a board certified interventional pain physician and anesthesiologist. She joined the faculty of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2017, where she serves as the Director of Medical Education for the Pain Treatment Center, the Assistant Program Director of the multi-disciplinary pain fellowship, and the Course Director of the School of Medicine pain curriculum. She specializes in spinal cord stimulation, opioid management, and is passionate about innovating medical education into the rapidly advancing digital age. Currently, she is involved in several funded research projects. Most recently, she’s a recipient of a 1.2 million dollar Department of Defense Grant for a randomized trial to evaluate intradiscal mesenchymal stem cells. She also serves on the Johns Hopkins Opioid Guidelines Committee, the Multi-Disciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship Review Committee, and the 2019 Scientific Meeting Planning Committee of the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA). She is dedicated to the advancement of future pain physicians, her patients, and the world at large.