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.


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. 

Application Fee



non-refundable or transferable

  • January 2
    Applicant registration opens on the NASS website.
  • March 12 - July 12
    Interview period
  • July 1 - 20
    Rank lists opened. Rank lists will close by July 20th at 8PM CST.
  • July 24
    Match results are made available to programs and applicants. Programs & Applicants will be provided a list of vacancies and may communicate directly in order to fill vacancies on July 25th.

 Frequently Asked Questions

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