The twenty-six block, two-year program will train candidates to become competent specialists in Pain Medicine, capable of assuming leadership roles in education, research, and clinical practice pertaining to the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of the spectrum of acute pain, cancer pain, and non-cancer pain problems. In many cases, the physician practicing in this subspecialty will be the medical director of a multidisciplinary team, and hence must be versed in pain management/relief methods employed by team members who are physicians or allied health professionals.
Candidates certified by the Royal College in Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, or Rheumatology are eligible for certification in Pain Medicine.
At the end of the two-year program, candidates will be eligible to sit for the examination in Pain Medicine and, if successful, will be certified by the Royal College in the subspecialty of Pain Medicine.
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The Pain Medicine Residency Program at McMaster University has much to offer trainees:
McMaster University boasts a large, diverse, and experienced clinical faculty in pain medicine from multiple backgrounds, including Anesthesia, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, Neurology, and Surgery.
The two large academic chronic pain clinics, the 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.
The program will offer residents numerous opportunities to participate in ultrasound and fluoroscopic 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 unparalleled opportunity to receive training in this state-of-the-art pain treatment modality.
McMaster 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 neuromodulation, diagnostic imaging, public health and preventative medicine, and curriculum development, as well as work at the Institute for Pain Research and Care and the National Pain Centre (both associated with McMaster University).
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 stand standing with their program director.
The residency program is for 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) four-week blocks. Some blocks are completed 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. The 13 blocks include the following:
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 two-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.