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Pain Curriculum

VCU Pain Management: An online curriculum is a novel online training resource in pain management. It was written by a team of faculty members from the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. Trainees and providers in all medical specialities and health professions that are involved in chronic pain management may benefit from completing this program.

Eight modules include:

  • Overview and Assessment of chronic pain
  • Treatment of chronic pain
  • Common Pain Syndromes: Fibromyalgia
  • Common Pain Syndrome: Neuropathic Pain
  • Challenges in chronic pain management
  • Legal and Regulatory Concerns
  • Pediatric Pain Management
  • State specific: Virginia

What are people
saying about
VCU’s Pain

“Chronic Nonmalignant Pain Management is impressive for its comprehensive coverage of chronic pain issues and for the resources it gathers in a user-friendly site.”

— Mark Fagan, M.D., Brown University

The overall objectives of the course are to:

  • Define the elements of chronic pain assessment that are essential for developing a patient-centered treatment regimen.
  • Apply a multi-dimensional approach to the management of patients with chronic pain, including the use of nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic therapy.
  • Recognize the clinical syndrome of fibromyalgia and apply a step-wise approach when managing patients with this syndrome.
  • Describe the major diagnostic features of neuropathic pain and name the evidence-based pharmacologic treatment options.
  • Identify specific office practice tools that help avert and identify aberrant medication taking behavior.
  • Define the role of law enforcement authorities regarding the prescribing of controlled substances.
  • Report on the epidemiology of prescription drug misuse in Virginia and utilize Virginia specific tools to reduce the likelihood of prescription drug misuse.

Each module houses three to five ACGME competency based objectives. Each objective is tied to a case based pretest, content and post-test question. Unique and practical features include original pharmacology and summary tables (i.e. urine drug testing interpretation tables), clinical practice tools including medication agreements and documentation templates, references linked directly to PubMed abstracts and Web links to additional pain information. Printable certificates based on ACGME competencies and/or CE credits allow documentation of course completion. Registrants may access curriculum content and clinical practice at any time for use in clinical practice.

Users of this program have ongoing access to important tools and resources needed for assessment, treatment and documentation in clinical practice.

View information on the development of the program.