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Vittoria Carraro – European Pain Federation EFIC, Belgium

Tackling the societal impact of pain through better education for healthcare practitioners!

One of the most important reasons why pain has such a severe impact on society is that healthcare practitioners are not equipped with sufficient knowledge to understand and manage pain. Pain management is not a compulsory component of undergraduate medical education in most European countries and the biopsychosocial aspects of pain are poorly understood. Lack of multidisciplinary pain education for the health workforce, including doctors, nurses and physiotherapists, continues to impede improvement in the care of chronic and acute pain patients.

The European Pain Federation EFIC is working to tackle the unmet need by advancing education in pain management. Therefore, the European Pain Federation EFIC developed an undergraduate core curriculum for medical students "The Pain Management Core Curriculum for European Medical Schools” and two core curricula on pain for postgraduate learning: "The European Pain Federation EFIC Pain Curriculum for the European Diploma in Pain Medicine" and the "The European Pain Federation EFIC Pain Curriculum for the European Diploma in Pain Physiotherapy". Knowledge of these core curricula is evaluated through two examinations, respectively the Examination for the European Diploma in Pain Medicine (EDPM) and the Examination for the European Diploma in Pain Physiotherapy (EDPP).

The upcoming dates of the EDPM and EDPP exams are 20-21 April 2018, Leuven, Belgium. Registration for both is open till 5 April 2018!

The European Pain Federation Diploma in Pain Medicine (EDPM)

  • The next sitting of the Examination for the European Pain Federation Diploma in Pain Medicine (EDPM) will take place at the Gasthuisberg campus of the University of Leuven on the 20th and 21st of April 2018. Candidates are expected to be present from 10:00 on the 20th until 14:00 on the 21st
  • All information on registration are available at: http://www.europeanpainfederation.eu/core-curriculum/diploma-in-pain-medicine/

The European Pain Federation Diploma in Pain Physiotherapy (EDPP)

  • The first sitting of the Examination for the European Pain Federation Diploma in Pain Physiotherapy (EDPP) will take place at the Gasthuisberg campus of the University of Leuven on the 20th of April 2018. Candidates are expected to be present from 10:00 until 18:00.
  • All information on registration are available at: http://www.europeanpainfederation.eu/diploma-in-pain-physiotherapy/

For any questions on the exams, please contact the European Pain Federation at secreatary@efic.org