The Pain Medicine Residency Program has much to offer to trainees:
Dedicated teaching faculty: McMaster University boasts a large, diverse, and experienced clinical faculty in pain medicine from multiple backgrounds, including anesthesiology, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, psychiatry, neurology, and surgery.
Clinical experience: The two large academic chronic pain Clinics, Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic and St. Joseph's Healthcare Pain Clinic are two of the busiest academic pain clinics in the province, providing Pain Medicine residents with exposure to, and experience with, a wide variety of pain conditions and pain treatments.
Excellence in interventional procedures: The program will offer residents numerous opportunities to participate in ultrasound and fluoroscoopic guided procedure opportunities taught by faculty who are nationally recognized speakers and lecturers at various conferences. There is a growing neuromodulation program that will offer residents an unpralleled opportunity to receive training in this state-of-the-art pain treatment modality.
Varied elective opportunities: McMaster University has a well regarded Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Program in which the resident can enroll and complete. We are able to offer a wide range of electives from research and biostatistics, to neorumodulation, diagnostic imaging, public health and preventative medicine, curriculum development, as well as work at the Institute for Pain Research and Care, and National Pain Centre associated with McMaster University.
Research Resources: Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Pain Research and Care, and the National Pain Centre offer opportunities for research.
Candidates should demonstrate strong academic achievements and interest in Pain Medicine, as well as excellent interpersonal skills, work ethic, and leadership potential. All active residents should be in good standing with their program director.
Criteria for graduates of a Canadian medical school:
- who are currently in their final year (R4-R5) or who have completed training in a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, and Rheumatology. Entry from other FRCPC programs such as Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, and Palliative Care is possible in exceptional cases.
- who are currently in their final year or who have completed training in an accredited US ACGME program in Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, and Rheumatology may be eligible to apply. Entry from other FRCPC programs such as Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, and Palliative Care is possible in exceptional cases. Applicants in this category must receive an official ruling or eligibility to sit the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada exams in their core specialty prior to application to be eligible to apply.
Criteria for international medical graduates:
- who are currently in their final year (R4-R5) or who have completed training in a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada accredited program in Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, and Rheumatology. Entry from other FRCPC programs such as Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, and Palliative Care is possible in exceptional cases.
- who are International Medical Graduates applicants must declare any Return of Service obligations on the application and may be disqualified if their provincial obligations preclude subspecialty training.
The residency program is for 2 years.
Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College of Family Physicians of Canada Standard.
The Pain Medicine Residency program consists of twenty-six (26) 4 week blocks. Some blocks are complete sequentially, while others are completed longitudinally.
- 13 blocks of clinical experience in an outpatient multidisciplinary pain clinic; within these 13 blocks, there will be longitudinal rotations through sleep medicine and neuromodulation
- 13 blocks to include the following:
- 1 block acute pain service
- 1 block cancer pain and symptom management
- 1 block MSK system - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Rheumatology
- 1 block Neurology
- 1 block pediatric pain service
- 2 blocks Psychiatry, including on block of addiction medicine
- 6 blocks to be chosen from one or more of the following:
- Adolescent Medicine
- Community-based experience in Pain Medicine
- Diagnostic Imaging
- Education/curriculum development
- Interventional Pain Medicine/neuromodulation
- Obstetrics and Bynecology
- Orthopedic/spine surgery
- Public Health and Preventive Medicine
- Research methodology/Biostatistics
- Other rotations relevant to training in Pain Medicine as approved by the Program Director
Academic Half Days will be held weekly; a set curriculum will cover a wide range of Pain Medicine topics and related subjects such as practice management, communication skills, ethics, biostatistics and critical appraisal. Furthermore, residents will contribute to the Academic Half Day through regular presentations, journal clubs, research updates, and trouble rounds.
All residents will be required to complete a research project during their 2 year residency training. Acceptable projects include: quality assurance project, retrospective study (chart review), systematic review (meta-analysis), or clinical trial.
In order to meet this requirement the Department of Anesthesia has a Research Office with resources to assist residents. Dr. Harsha Shanthanna, a member of the pain medicine faculty, is available to meet with residents and guide them in their research project plans.
Royal College Pain Medicine Residency Information
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