ABSTRACT: The importance of medical education in the changing field of pain medicine
SUMMARY Suffering chronic pain is a global epidemic that requires a closer look on how we are educating trainees to become more effective in pain management. The vast majority of medical professionals will encounter treatment of pain throughout their career. Our current system for educating these medical professionals is flawed in a number of ways. Improving pain education will narrow the gap between over and under treatment of acute and chronic pain. Reviews have demonstrated dissatisfaction among practitioners throughout the world on how pain education is currently conducted. Changing the educational process will require support from several areas: medical educators, clinicians, policymakers, administrators and several other organizations.