Core Curriculum for European Pain Diploma in Pain Medicine

The European Pain Federation EFIC® Core Curriculum for the European Diploma in Pain Medicine

If you would like to take the Examination for the European Diploma in Pain Medicine, please find more information HERE.

Please find the Core Curriculum for the European Diploma in Pain Medicine HERE.

The European Pain Federation (EFIC®) decided to develop its own core curriculum of pain knowledge, and diploma in pain medicine in 2015. EFIC® identified the need to have a Diploma, to test the knowledge of all those involved in the treatment of pain in order to better provide up to date knowledge, thinking and management, as well as to allow the sharing of best practice amongst clinicians.

The 2016 curriculum articulates the learning outcomes to be achieved through trainees’ self-directed learning, clinical experience in the workplace and other educational experiences delivered during their training and helped by the EFIC® Pain Schools and educational initiatives. It aims to direct learning in conjunction with an accompanying literature reading list which will form the basis of the Multiple Choice examination Questions (MCQs) used in assessment.

Knowledge of the curriculum, pain assessment and treatment skills will be evaluated by a two part examination – an MCQ followed by a series of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) to test clinical skill performance and competence in modalities such as communication, clinical examination and diagnosis and treatment planning, including referral to colleagues for appropriate management. It is recognized that pain management requires a multidisciplinary approach and no single professional will have all of the necessary training and skills to treat all those across the spectrum of pain.

The Diploma is multidisciplinary, for all clinicians across Europe (and beyond, for those interested). Whilst some European countries have their own Diploma or Degree, many do not at this time. Even when an examination is available it is often aimed at one specialty, or even a subsection of that specialty (for example, interventional management).The Diploma aims to show that the Fellow has a firm grounding in the basic skills and knowledge needed to assess and manage the many patients whose pain requires attention in all types of clinical scenario.

This curriculum is a dynamic instrument and will be reviewed and updated on a regular basis, sensitive to advances in pain medicine and in medical education and also by feedback from trainees, examiners and Diplomates.

We are forever grateful to the Faculty of Pain Medicine of Australia and New Zealand for allowing us to use their current curriculum as a basis for ours. This has been modified to suit the diversity in pre- and post-graduate training in pain medicine across Europe and in line with our desire to cover all factors of relevance to all medical disciplines involved in the assessment and treatment of those in pain. We also thank the many reviewers (listed at the end) who contributed from their professional expertise and time to reviewing and adapting this curriculum for use in Europe. We are especially grateful to the steering committee under the Chairmanship of Andreas Kopf, and logistic support from Ruth Zaslansky.

The 2016 curriculum should be read in conjunction with the current recommended reading list which will be found in the European Pain Federation EFIC® website.

Dr Chris Wells, Past President, European Pain Federation

May 2016