What are the European Pain Federation EFIC® Pain Schools?

The Pain Schools are courses aimed at young (preferably under 45 years) European medical doctors and allied health professionals  who are interested in further developing their knowledge and expertise in the field of pain management. The courses run for 4-5 days and include an evidence-based approach to the assessment, diagnosis and comprehensive management of patients with chronic pain. To be eligible to apply for a grant to attend a Pain School you need to be an European Pain Federation EFIC® Chapter Member.

How can I apply for a grant to attend a European Pain Federation EFIC® Pain School?

Applications for a grant to attend a Pain School must be made through the applicant’s national European Pain Federation EFIC® Council Member. Applicants wishing to attend a Pain School must complete the application form, which is then submitted by the national  Councillor to the European Pain Federation EFIC® office (secretary@efic.org) by the deadline. Each Council Member can propose a maximum two candidates to attend each school from their Chapter.  Please note that applicants who submit to the office directly will not be accepted.
All applications are evaluated by the European Pain Federation EFIC® Committee on Education and approved by the Executive Board. There are a maximum of 15 grants available per school.
If a successful applicant is not able to attend the Pain School for any reason, the applicant or the Councilor representing the applicant must inform the office, the Pain School and the respective Councilor in writing minimum 30 working days before the start of the Pain School. If no prior notice is received in this time period the respective national Chapter will be held responsible to pay 20% of the grant (1000 € per applicant).

Deadline & Upcoming Pain Schools

Deadline for 2018 Pain Schools closed in March 2018. We will update you with future Pain Schools dates soon!

Upcoming Pain Schools

  • Maribor, Slovenia: 27– 31 May 2019 – Program
  • Krakow, Poland: 22-27 June 2019 – Flyer
  • Klagenfurt, Austria: Date and program TBC
  • Bergamo, Italy: Date and program TBC
Past Pain Schools
2-7 September 2018 Klagenfurt
8-11 October 2018 Bergamo
16-19 October 2018 Liverpool
Attending a Pain School without a grant

is it possible to attend a Pain School without the Grant?

Yes, in this case you need to contact the Pain School directly via the email address, or via the schools website:

Travel information

Please allow sufficient time to request your international PASSPORT/VISA requirements for travel purposes

Note: With your registration at one of the  Pain Schools you automatically give European Pain Federation EFIC® the right to send announcements, news, educational initiatives, congresses, symposia, European Journal Of Pain, etc. to you via e-mail.

Note: European Pain Federation EFIC® has now approved 5 pain schools: Klagenfurt Pain School (annually), Bergamo Pain School (annually), Liverpool, Maribor and Krakow Pain School (every other year).
Currently European Pain Federation EFIC® is not planning to have any additional Pain Schools. The Pain School website page will be updated when the situation changes.

Below you’ll find the general rules for acceptance as an European Pain Federation EFIC® Pain School:

  1. For a Pain School to be recognized by the Executive Board as an international European Pain Federation EFIC® Pain School the proposal must indicate that:
    The School is open to a limited number of doctors (number of registrants to be defined by the School) from all medical specialties, and allied health professionals involved in pain medicine.
    Curriculum: The curriculum must focus on topics in the domain of Chronic Pain, and must be predominately multidisciplinary.

    • A complete list of speakers must be included. All speakers must be specialists active in the field   of Chronic Pain.
    • ECM and EAECM credits requested and certification received.
    • All sponsorship or economical support must be declared
    • All conflicts of interest must be declared
    • Proposals should be submitted to the European Pain Federation EFIC® Office five months before the proposed start of the Pain School.
  2. The Executive board will consult with the European Pain Federation EFIC® Scientific and Education Committees prior to approving a Pain School..
  3. An official agreement will be drawn up between European Pain Federation EFIC® and the Pain School organizer, which has to be signed by both parties, before the start of the school.
  4. The organizer of the European Pain Federation EFIC® Pain School has to send all approved applicants a letter of invitation to facilitate all travel and visa requirements.
  5. European Pain Federation EFIC® will sponsor 15 students from it’s National Chapters to attend the Pain School to a maximum of €17,000 for the 15 students and per year. The selection/evaluation of those students will be made by the Committee on Education and approved by the Executive Board.
  6. The list of the selected students will form part of the agreement. Payment to the Pain School organization for the total sponsorship amount (based on the list of approved students) will be undertaken on receipt of an invoice when the school is completely finalized.
  7. The selection/evaluation process will only be possible via the European Pain Federation EFIC® website.