This guide contains resources intended to support and assist those entering the pain medicine training program to gain the essential knowledge required. They are not intended to be exclusive, rather to stimulate interest and encourage learning. For more information about the recommended reading and resources, see the box below.
During the two-year pain medicine training program trainees need to rapidly build knowledge and skills specific to pain medicine. An understanding of fundamental knowledge and skills relevant to pain medicine practice is essential and assumed when entering the training program. Section one of the Pain medicine training program (Nov 2020), the Conceptual basis of pain medicine, addresses major philosophical and conceptual principles that inform the practice of pain medicine. Given the potential complexity of the discipline, a thorough understanding of why a socio-psycho-biomedical conceptual framework is preferred and critical appreciation of basic definitions and taxonomy are fundamental.
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