European Pain Federation EFIC® Fellowship for Eastern European Countries

What is an European Pain Federation EFIC® Fellowship?

The European Pain Federation EFIC® Fellowship is an individual grant for medical doctors to support training in the diagnosis, treatment and management of pain related conditions. The training takes place for an agreed period of time in an approved center of excellence (listed on the European Pain Federation EFIC® website). The purpose of the Fellowhip is to allow the trainee to introduce the knowledge acquired during their training into their everyday clinical pain practice. It is expected that applicant is already involved in the field of pain medicine, or has a clear pathway to become specialist in pain medicine. The Fellowship is not intended to supplement or extend applicant’s current training.

The applicant must have been a member of an European Pain Federation EFIC® Chapter for at least one year before applying. Each European Pain Federation EFIC® Chapter can have a maximum of two grants approved annually. The maximum length of a Fellowship is 10 weeks.

Deadline for Fellowships in 2019: 1 July 2018

The main objectives of the European Pain Federation EFIC® Fellowships are:

  1. To become acquainted with the principles and elements of multimodal pain diagnosis and management and/or
  2. To become acquainted with the indications and techniques of interventional pain management
  3. To be introduced to clinical and basic research aspects of pain and/or
  4. To be introduced to the methods of undergraduate and/or postgraduate pain education.

Note, that the maximum length of the Fellowship may be reduced by the host institutions if the applicant is not fluent in the host’s language.

Application Information

The call for applications will be posted on European Pain Federation EFIC®'s web page: www.efic.org and will be sent to all European Pain Federation EFIC® Council Members. A maximum of four applicants per Chapter will be considered annually.

The applicant is required to complete the application form, provide a CV and an official letter of recommendation from his/her national Chapter. All documents must be sent to the European Pain Federation EFIC® Office: secretary@efic.org through the national Chapter administration - NOT directly by the applicant.

Deadline: The call for applications will be announced via email. The deadline will be June 1st  for the following year. Successful applicants will be notified at the end of July. All completed applications will be forwarded by the EFIC© Office to the European Pain Federation EFIC® Education Committee for evaluation. The European Pain Federation EFIC® Executive Board will approve the final decisions.

The successful applicants will be notified, and will receive an agreement form which has to be completed and returned to the European Pain Federation EFIC® office within four weeks. If the agreement is not returned to the European Pain Federation EFIC® office on time it will be assumed that the applicant will not be accepting the Fellowship offer.
Please note: If an applicant is not able to start the Fellowship for any reason it is his/her responsibility to inform his/her Chapter European Pain Federation EFIC® Office at least 30 working days before the actual start of the Fellowship. If no notification is received during this time period, the respective national Chapter will be held responsible for 20% of the cost of the grant mentioned in the Fellowship Agreement.
The Fellowships grant cannot be transferred to another Chapter candidate and has to be utilized within the agreed year.

Training Venues

The Fellowship must take place in Pain Centers selected by European Pain Federation EFIC®, which have suitable educational programs. A list of European Pain Federation EFIC®-approved Pain Centers can be found on the European Pain Federation EFIC® website. An applicant should select one or more centers, and initially discuss with them the possibility of attending, and potential dates. The Fellowship may be shared between two centers.

Legal Notice:

All issues relating to insurance, work permits, visa application, authorization for involvement in patient care, etc. are the responsibility of the agreement between the applicant and the Fellowship hosting institution.
European Pain Federation EFIC® Grant
Each approved fellowship will consist of a maximum of €7,000 grant (for a maximum duration of 10 weeks). The grant covers travel expenses (APEX, economy class), accommodation and food. If the duration of the fellowship is less than 10 weeks, a per diem of €100 per day for the period spent in the¨pain clinics will be paid. A copy of the travel invoice must be sent to the European Pain Federation EFIC® Office. Fifty percent of the grant will be paid to the fellow upon finalization of the agreement between European Pain Federation EFIC® and the fellow. On completion of the fellowship each candidate is obliged to submit a report to the European Pain Federation EFIC® Office (ideally with pictures). The remainder of the grant will be paid on receipt of the fellowship report, written by the fellow and countersigned by the Director of the pain clinic. The fellow must keep track of all expenses incurred during his stay, and declare the income received and expenses in his tax declaration in its own country
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  1. Structure – Quality
    • Director of the pain clinic should have the (sub)speciality “pain treatment” or a comparable qualification
    • The team at the Pain Centre must be interdisciplinary
    • At least team member must be a psychologist, psychotherapist or psychiatrist
    • Physiotherapists or sport-therapists should work or co-operate with the Pain Centre
    • Team conferences should be held on a regular basis
    • Extensive multidisciplinary approach
  2. Process – Quality
    • Use of standardized assessment tools for pain patients
    • Standardized follow up appointments
    • Implemented quality control measures
  3. The Pain Centre should offer non-pharmacological, pharmacological and invasive treatment strategies. A multimodal therapeutic approach should be the main focus of the Pain Centre.
  4. Each European Pain Federation Councillor can present a complete proposal of a pain clinic with the above included information to the European Pain Federation EFIC® Office (secretary@efic.org), who will forward the proposal to the European Pain Federation EFIC® Executive Board for approval.  Approved Pain centres that comply to all the above mentioned rules and criteria,  and host a Fellowship will be awarded €2.000 by European Pain Federation EFIC®. Further information can be requested from the European Pain Federation EFIC® Office (secretary@efic.org).

Note: When you apply for an European Pain Federation EFIC® fellowship for an Eastern European country you automatically give European Pain Federation EFIC® the right to use your email address to send announcements of European Pain Federation EFIC® news, educational initiatives, congresses, symposia, European Journal of Pain, etc.

Fellowship Report: A GREAT EXPERIENCE at Leuven Centre for Algology & Pain Management (Algologisch Centrum) at the University Hospitals of Leuven, Campus Pellenberg 2017

I am very grateful for having the opportunity to attend Leuven Centre for Algology & Pain Management at the University Hospital of Leuven, Belgium and I would like to thank everyone in European associations who provided me with possibility of gaining once in a lifetime experience. My fellowship started on 26th June and finished on 7th July 2017.

Professor Bart Morlion and his team were excellent hosts. They made me feel at home and led me through everyday activities with dedication and effort. We agreed initially that my focus would be chronic pain management.

While being there I joined different doctors who were very kind and unselfishly shared their knowledge (anesthesiologist, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, neurosurgeons). This was very instructive because I could see different styles and learn more about some procedures and in the end I left with many new working skills and experience. The Leuven Centre for Algology & Pain Management is professional organization with capable and renowned staff members who gives a direct insight and involment in multidisciplinary approach and pain treatment (doctors, nurses, psychologists, physiotherapists and social worker). I would wholeheartedly recommend Leuven University Hospital of Leuven, Campus Pellenberg as Center of Excellence for Pain Management for all fellows interested to pursue career in pain management.

I was introduced to the comprehensive treatment of chronic pain, including diagnosing, pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment approaches, multidisciplinary approach and wide range of interventional procedures used for the treatment of chronic pain. We were provided clinically oriented approach towards patients with non-cancer pain, cancer pain and palliative care. I was also acquainted with the usage of fluoroscopy for interventional purposes. My time at Leuvens Algologisch Centrum was highlighted with learning various things, approaches and techniques which I was not familiar with. I could observe new pain procedures such as: neuromodulation (implantation of Spinal Cord Stimulators), radiofrequency procedures epiduroscopy (RFT, PRF), vertebral faset joint and sacroiliac joint infiltrations, transforaminal epidural injection and Intrathecal baclofen therapy (ITB).

I was equipped with the ID and key card, username and password that I used for access to the medical facilities, libraries and to the electronic library.

During my fellowship, I attended the lectures (Campus Gathuisberg) and defense of the doctoral dissertation in the beautiful building at the University of Leuven.

I am really satisfied and my expectations have been completely fulfilled. I am very grateful to EFIC for supporting my visit to Prof. Bart Morlion and the Pain Clinic of University Leuven, Campus Pellenberg. I got in touch with great doctors and with their help enriched my medical knowledge for my future practice in the hospital where I work. Also I have seen many potential solutions for organizational problems that we face at our institution.

Once again thank you very much for the opportunity to meet all these great people and promote future medical pain practice in Serbia.

Snezana Tomasevic-Todorovic