Pain medicine

Call for applications for the 10th Nordic Diploma Course in Advanced Pain Medicine 2020-2022

The Scandinavian Society of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine (SSAI) coordinates an Inter-Nordic post-specialist educational programme in advanced pain medicine for Nordic doctors.

Purpose of the programme

  • recognize that pain is always a  biopsychosocial phenomenon (acute, cancer related and chronic pain)
  • achieve adequate theoretical and practical training to evaluate the different pain components and be conversant with the appropriate therapies

Who can apply?

The programme is limited to 40 trainees from all Nordic medical specialists. The target group is anesthesiologists as well as specialists from other pain related specialities, eg. neurology, rheumatology, rehabilitation medicine, internal medicine, surgery, social medicine, general practice.

The trainee shall be fluent in at least one of the Nordic languages and master the English language sufficiently in speaking and writing. Membership of SSAI is not required.

Description of the educational programme

Duration of the programme is 1½ – 2 years consisting of

  • 5 theoretical courses, each 3 days (Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark and Iceland)
  • a 3 month clinical training in a university-based multidisciplinary pain clinic/pain centre
  • a project, survey or a similar task within the pain area

The language used during the educational programme is English.

The cost of the programme
  • fee for each course is DKK 7000 (940€) ,total for the whole programme DDK 35 000 (4700€)
  • travel and accommodation is not included in the course fee
  • all expenses for the education course fee, travel and accommodation must be covered by the applicant personally or by the applicant’s host clinic.
The courses

The content of the courses is described in the course description (link above), following IASP educational guidelines in  ”Core Curriculum for Professional Education in Pain”

The first course will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, 2021. The dates for the first course will be announced during the autumn of 2020.

The clinical training
  • 3-month clinical training in a university-based multidisciplinary pain clinic/pain centre should include
  • out-patient pain clinic in a multidisciplinary millieu (regular contact with several medical specialities involved in pain treatment, including psychiatry)
  • in hospital pain consultations (cancer pain, acute and chronic pain in-patients)
  • pain rehabilitation programs (paramedical teams)
  • neuromodulation
  • analysis and treatment of (analgesic) drug addiction
  • the training may be done in several clinics if all of these required components required for a ”full training program” are not available in a single university pain clinic. In this case, the schedule for training must be coordinated by the tutor from the university clinic.

The schedule for the clinical training will be reviewed and approved by the faculty.

The project
  • The aim of the project is to create some kind of new knowledge and/or result in improved quality of care locally/regionally or globally. It should include literature search in that topic
  • The project can be a (pilot) study, survey, quality improvement project or a literature review The project should be a “considerable effort”, but still possible to complete before May 2022.
The diploma

On completion of the Inter-Nordic training programme, the trainee will be granted the Diploma in Advanced Pain Medicine from the SSAI and may use the title NDAPM (Nordic Diploma in Advanced Pain Medicine). Requirements for the diploma are: participation in 4 out of 5 courses, accepted project presentation and accepted clinical training.

How to apply

The following documents should be scanned into one document in the mentioned order and mailed to the Secretariat.

DEADLINE: August 24, 2020

Make sure your name appears on the documents and on the scanned document as well as in the title of your mail.

1:    A filled-in application form approved and signed by the chairman of the host clinic

2:    A recommendation letter from your host clinic

3:    A short letter stating your motivation and documented interest in pain medicine

4:    Proposed title or topic for the project and name of the local tutor

5:    A short version curriculum vitae

6:    A list of all publications, and

7:    A plan for a 3 months stay at a university based multidisciplinary pain clinic or pain centre.

8:    A portrait photo of you (JPG) (for the final students list)

Selection of trainees

will be done by the discretion of the board members according to the quality of the application, motivational letter and recommendation, work experience and reach activity in the field and proposed project topic.

Responses to the applications will be given by mail in early September 2020.

Educational Board  (the faculty)

Katri Hamunen (chairman)
Department of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine, University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital, Finland

Jette Højsted (treasurer)
Holbæk, Denmark

Thomas P. Enggaaard
Department of Anaesthesiology, Multidisciplinary Pain Clinic, University Hospital of Zealand, Koege, Denmark

Pekka Tarkkila
Department of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care and Pain Medicine, University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital, Finland

Gudmundur Björnsson
Department of Anestesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Landspitali University Hospital, Reykjavik, Iceland

Kári Hreinsson
Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Landspitali University Hospital, Reykjavik, Iceland

Gunnvald Kvarstein
The Arctic University of Norway (UIT), Tromsø, Norway

Audun Stubhaug
Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway

Stephen Butler
Pain Centre, University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden

Torsten Gordh
Pain Centre, University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden

Karl-Fredrik Sjölund
Pain Centre, Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden

Kirsten Rye

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