Description & Introduction

Audio Introduction

The Resident Physician is able to assess pain, establish a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan that is evidence-based, rational, and safe in collaboration with other members of the health care team.

Module Description

This electronic module is designed to provide a framework for assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning for pain management in the context of an interdisciplinary team. Resident physicians will acquire a basic understanding of pain physiology, terminology, classification, history-taking, physical diagnosis and treatment planning. Case studies are used to illustrate content and integrate all 6 of the ACGME core competencies (patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism and systems-based practice).

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Educational Objectives

  1. Recognize the characteristics of the most common types of pain: nociceptive, inflammatory and neuropathic, and describe basic pain mechanisms.
  2. Perform a multidimensional pain assessment and establish a diagnosis (or pain diagnoses if more than one type of pain exists).
  3. Collaborate effectively as a member of the interdisciplinary team and engage the patient in an appropriate, balanced, goal-oriented, multimodal treatment plan.
  4. Provide evidence-based, rational and safe pain management.
  5. Refer patients to specialty care when appropriate.
  6. Describe the essential elements of responsible opioid prescribing.

Course Sections


Author Credit

Content Experts

  • Miroslav "Misha" Backonja, MD
  • June Dahl, PhD
  • Deb Gordon, RN
  • Nathan Rudin, MD
  • Nalini Seghal, MD
  • Anne Gravel-Sullivan, PhD

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