Monday, September 19th
8:30am-4:30pm EDT


Sig Symposia

Pain Education SIG Symposium

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Pain Education is a global, interprofessional challenge. As pain science and knowledge has expanded dramatically in recent decades, pain education has lagged due to slow adoption by academic institutions and health system factors. Nonetheless, needs for pain-expert clinicians have increased over time. The use of technology and innovative educational methods can help alleviate this crisis.

The purpose of this symposium is to support the development of faculty and trainees interested in technology-based innovation in pain education.

This full-day symposium will include plenary sessions, interactive workshops, and a poster session to facilitate communication, exchange, and transformative change.




8:30 – 9:00: Symposium Registration

8:50 – 9:00: Introduction and Welcome
Beth Hogans, MS (Biomathematics), MD, PhD (USA) Pain Education SIG Chair 10 min

9:00 – 9:25: Pain Education Advocacy with Stakeholders and Policymakers
Adam: MB BS, B Med Sci, C Med Ed, MRCGP, FRCA (UK)

9:25 – 9:50: Non-cognitive competencies in the E-learning environment
Judy H. Watt-Watson, RN, MSc, PhD (Canada)

9:50 – 10:15: Utilizing technology for pain education in low resource settings
Saurab Sharma, PT, PhD (Australia)

10:15 – 10:30: Morning Coffee Break

10:30 – 10:55: Competencies in pain education
Scott Fishman, MD (USA)

10:55 – 11:20: Preparing Inter-professional pain care teams to deliver coordinated patient-centered care
Babita Ghai, MBBS, MD (India)

11:20 – 11:55: Pain Education – Updates, Challenges and New Vistas
Elizabeth Onuwa Ogboli Nwasor, MBBS, DA(WACS), FWACS, MPH, PgDA(WFSA) (Nigeria)

11:55 – 12:20: Pain Education Innovation around the globe across diverse cultures and settings
Mary S. Cardosa, MBBS, MMed(Anaes), FANZCA, FFPMANZCA (Malaysia)

12:20 -13:00: Network Lunch

13:00 – 15:15: Workshops

  • Breakout groups in pain education: 3 rounds of 45 min each
  • Pain education through visual analogies and social messaging with Sailesh Mishra and team.
  • Technology workshop: web-platform BootCamp and hack-a-thon with Vijayanand Palanisamy MBBS; FCARCSI; DPainMed (RCSI); MSc-Pain (UK); FFPMCAI; FFPMANZCA (New Zealand) and Babita Ghai MBBS, MD (India)
  • Innovative messages in pain education: interactive creative workshop to develop and draft visual content for pain education with Beth Hogans , MS (Biomathematics), MD, PhD (USA) Pain Education SIG Chair and Paul Wilkinson

15:15 – 15:30: Afternoon Coffee Break

15:30 – 16:25: Pain Education Panel

  • Navigating barriers to Pain Education Implementation: Panel discussion on topic of advocating for pain implementation in healthcare curricula: each panelist will present a 3-minute statement about their experience with making a breakthrough in ‘getting pain on the map’ followed by time for questions and discussion from the audience
  • Judy Watt-Watson; Paul Wilkinson
  • Mary Cardosa; Scott Fishman
  • Beth Hogans; Vijayanand Palanisamy

16:25: Closing Remarks

16:30: End of Symposium