“Acute pain is a symptom of disease; chronic pain itself is a disease.” — Dr. John Bonica
Everyone knows what "pain" is, since all people have had some personal experience with painful injuries and conditions. This does not make us familiar with the problem of "Pain," when a pain extends without remission for months to years, or, when it has become "chronic." Our own experiences with pain can mislead and bias us when we encounter patients with continuing persistent Pain.
All medical specialties need a basic core competency in understanding how to take care of pain. You will help your patients if you understand pain. The UW Division of Pain Medicine has developed the following integrated curriculum and elective clerkship opportunities for medical students to improve their care of patients experiencing acute and chronic pain.
The Division of Pain Medicine has introduced the following integrated medical student didactic and clinical Pain Medicine curriculum that is required for all medical students at the University of Washington.
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To learn more, view the syllabus for the Rehabilitation Medicine: Chronic Care Clerkship below:
To learn more, view the syllabus for the Chronic Pain Track below:
UW students interested in a focused experience with acute and chronic pain management should also consider the following clerkships programs.
The Pain Medicine electives, Conjoint 505 & ANEST 650, are coordinated by the Department of Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine. For more information about these course offerings please contact our Clerkship Coordinator:
Colleen Steinberg (206-543-1032; fax 206-543-2958; firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Conjoint 695 Chronic Care Clerkship is coordinated by the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. For more information about this elective please contact the Rehabilitation & Chronic Care Clerkship Coordinator:
Teresa Jewell (phone: 206-616-6345; fax: 206-616-3908; email@example.com.).