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MANUSCRIPT: Education and training of pain medicine specialists in the United States.

Many pain patients present with a complex set of symptoms and comorbidities that defy the acumen of any one specific medical specialty; thus the knowledge and skills of the pain physician must, out of necessity cross specialty borders. The competency that comes from mastering essential skills is accomplished during the pain medicine training. The goal of pain medicine training in the United States is to provide the postgraduate trainee with the exposure to multiple disciplines of medicine, as well as multiple interventions, so that upon completion of training, the pain physician will have the necessary skill set to provide competent, appropriate, comprehensive care for the often medically complicated pain patient. In the United States, many training programs are governed by guidelines that have been established by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

via Education and training of pain medici… [Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2013] – PubMed – NCBI.

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Brian is a research scientist and educational technologist. He helped transform Pfizer’s Medical Education Group and previously served in educational leadership roles at HealthAnswers, Inc.; Acumentis, LLC.; Cephalon; and Wyeth. He taught graduate medical education programs at Arcadia University for 10 years. Dr. McGowan recently authored the book "#socialQI: Simple Solutions for Improving Your Healthcare" and has been invited to speak internationally on the subject of information flow, technology, and learning in healthcare.

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