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IN THEIR FIELD
OUR EFIC ACADEMY EXPERTS
The EFIC Academy is guided by the highest level of European pain education expertise.
The following educators serve on the EFIC Academy Board and contribute to the projects and tools that Academy members benefit from.
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We develop educational programs to improve pain knowledge amongst healthcare practitioners and researchers.
We organise a scientific congress on pain, showcasing the latest research and clinical management approaches.
We create and disseminate evidence-based guidance for clinicians.
We engage in research projects and disseminating research funding, in order to advance the scientific understanding of pain.
We publish a scientific journal, the European Journal of Pain, to disseminate the latest research findings and an evidence-based approach to pain medicine.
We raise awareness of the importance of pain, including its management, treatment and prevention, amongst patients and the general public.
We campaign to improve policies that affect pain and to increase funding for pain in public research program.
JOIN THE COMMUNITY
Fab session by Tamar Pincus,@drabbiejordan@MelanieNoelon reassurance, diagnostic uncertainty in chronic pain. Leads me back to healthcare's problematic idea that biomedical = certain, whereas biopsychosocial = uncertain. We all need more#healthliteracy#EFIC2019pic.twitter.com/353HIUT7OP— C. Meghan McMurtry (@DrMcMurtry)September 5, 2019
Thank you@EFIC_orgFor the Pain Champion Award 2019. Feeling very honoured and proud to be part the Education Committee. Congratulations to all of my eminent colleagues also celebrating.#efic2019@KingsNursingpic.twitter.com/oL678TSwm8— Emma Briggs (@DrEmmaBriggs)September 5, 2019
Grateful to have been apart of the#younginvestigatorssymposium and to talk about exciting work coming out of the@BPPLabfocused on graded exposure treatment for adolescents with chronic pain. Great way to wrap up#EFIC2019!pic.twitter.com/Ac3usWEUQh— Lauren Harrison (@harrison_laur)September 7, 2019
Nice talk to kick off#EFIC2019by@MiraMeeusabout the importance explaining and normalizing post-exercise pain flares in patients with chronic pain in an attempt to retrain the brain and shift negative associations between pain and exercise.pic.twitter.com/PPvB8SR8pK— Lauren Harrison (@harrison_laur)September 4, 2019
What is EFIC?
The European Pain Federation EFIC is a multidisciplinary professional organization in the field of pain research and medicine, consisting of the 37 European Chapters of the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) and representing some 20,000 physicians, nurses, scientists, psychologists, physiotherapists, and other health care professionals involved in pain medicine.
Why 'EFIC' when your full name is the European Pain Federation?
'EFIC' refers to our previous name, 'the European Federation of IASP Chapters'. We felt that this name was confusing, as it did not refer to our primary interest; pain. Our name is the European Pain Federation, though we maintain the old acronym EFIC, as many people knew us previously as EFIC.
What are the main aims of the European Pain Federation EFIC?
The Federation's aims are to advance research, education, clinical management and professional practice related to pain, and to serve as an authoritative, scientific resource concerning policy issues related to pain and its management.
How do I become a member of the European Pain Federation EFIC?
Every member of a European IASP Chapter is automatically also a member of the European Pain Federation EFIC. Those who do not have an IASP Chapter in their country, or who wish to benefit from a direct relationship with the Federation can look into becoming a member of the EFIC Academy.
What is the International Association for the Study of Pain?
The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) is the global professional forum for science, practice, and education in the field of pain. The European Pain Federation represents IASP Chapters in Europe. Further information can be found here.
What are the national Chapters?
Details of all national Chapters of the European Pain Federation EFIC can be found here.
How can I form a European Pain Federation EFIC Chapter?
To form a national Chapter you must first contact IASP to become an IASP Chapter. Once this has been established you can send an official letter to the European Pain Federation EFIC requesting membership as a Chapter.
What is the European Pain Federation Academy?
The EFIC Academy is the primary educational programme of the European Pain Federation EFIC, where members can benefit from the most high quality educational materials based primarily on the EFIC post-graduate curricula. The EFIC Academy benefits from the highest standard of educational and scientific input from its dedicated multiprofessional Academy Board. Please note that EFIC Academy membership does not constitute ‘ordinary membership of EFIC’. Academy members do not have voting rights at the annual general meeting of EFIC. You can find out more about the EFIC Academy and apply for membership here.
If I am an ‘Academy member’ does that make me an ‘EFIC member’?
No. EFIC is a Federation of IASP chapters, meaning its ordinary members are our national chapter organisations. Only our national chapters and their ‘Councillors’ have voting rights in at the annual general meeting. We recommend that EFIC Academy members also become members of their national pain society and the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).
Where can I view the terms of the EFIC Academy?
The terms can be viewed here: https://europeanpainfederation.eu/how-we-work/privacy-policy/
Which medical disciplines and healthcare professions can apply for EFIC Academy Membership?
All span i individual healthcare professionals and researchers looking for high quality pain span education provided by leading European educators span are invited to join the EFIC Academy. At present, we have dedicated content streams targeted at physicians, physiotherapists psychologists and nurses.
What will I receive as an Academy Member?
Current benefits include:
- Free attendance to the EFIC Virtual Pain Education Summit of the year in which the membership is active.
- Reduced fees for the EFIC Congress "Pain in Europe". A 10% reduction of the registration fee (excluded VAT) is available to all EFIC Academy members.
- Reduced fees for the EFIC exams. A 25% reduction of the examination fees (excluded VAT) is available to all EFIC Academy members.
- Open access to the highest quality online pain education material.
- The possibility of learning from and studying with your peers and with leading European educators.
What is the price of EFIC Academy membership?
The price for EFIC Academy membership and all benefits provided can be found here. All prices for EFIC Academy membership are annual payments in EUR, including tax where applicable.
Is it possible to join the EFIC Academy Board?
The Academy Board is composed of high-level educators in pain management across Europe who are committed to the development of EFIC’s interprofessional pain education approach. The high-quality, multiprofessional materials provided by EFIC as part of the Academy are developed by the Academy Board. EFIC is seeking additional contributors to this group. Academy Board members should be highly competent educators, committed to teaching and inspiring the next generation of pain professionals and raising standards of pain management across Europe. If you are interested in contributing, please complete this form here.
Your CV and ‘statement of intent’ should cover the following:
- A thorough description of your experience as an educator
- Your current and previous academic positions
- Any educational projects you are involved in in a private capacity
- Your familiarity with the EFIC curricula, especially if you have incorporated the curricula into your teaching
- Your experiences with e-learning and virtual education formats – including links to your materials if possible
- Your motivation and how many hours you think you would have for volunteer work such as this annually
Contributors will be selected via a peer review process led by the Academy Board members. You will be contacted at the nearest opportunity if successful. Contributors may be selected for inclusion within the Academy Board itself, based on their commitment to the project and teaching excellence.
Is the Virtual Pain Education Summit a scientific congress?
The Virtual Pain Education Summit brings together the most recognised experts in the field of pain science and education to exchange knowledge, ideas and the latest advances in the field. It is, above all, an educational meeting, organised to meet the current educational needs of the pain community. The Programme is based on and supports the EFIC education curricula.
Which medical disciplines and healthcare professions are the target audience of the virtual summit?
The summit offers four educational tracks dedicated to Pain Medicine, Physiotherapy, Psychology and Nursing. Additionally, interprofessional sessions on a range of engaging topics as well as Topical Lectures on current hot topics are included. The Pain Medicine track is relevant for all medical doctors involved in the management of pain.
I'm a physiotherapist; is any of the content of the virtual summit relevant for me apart from the physiotherapists track? One of the main goals of the summit is to promote interprofessional learning, as the European Pain Federation strongly believes that all healthcare professionals benefit from expanding their knowledge on the latest advances in other fields. Therefore, we encourage attendees to explore sessions outside of their own educational track.
I'm a doctor; why would I attend an event that is marketed at non-doctors?
The European Pain Federation EFIC is dedicated to multiprofessional pain management and the biopsychosocial model of pain. While we provide a track dedicated to physicians, we encourage all professionals to work and learn together for the benefit of patients.
What is the European Pain Federation EFIC Congress?
The biennial European Pain Federation EFIC Congress, known also as 'Pain in Europe' is the most important international scientific forum on pain issues in Europe. Information on the next congress can be found: here.
What is the European Journal of Pain?
The European Journal of Pain (EJP) is the official scientific journal of the European Pain Federation EFIC published by Wiley-Blackwell. Members of the Federation's Chapters and congress attendees can access the journal on-line.
How can I submit a scientific paper for publication in the EJP?
Author information for submission of papers can be found here.
How can I get free access to the electronic version of the EJP?
If you are a member of the European Pain Federation EFIC through a national Chapter (IASP Chapter), or if you attended the last EFIC congress, then you can request free access to the online version of EJP here.
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What are the European Pain Federation EFIC Pain Schools?
The European Pain Federation EFIC Pain Schools are courses aimed at younger (under 45 years) European medical doctors and paramedical personnel who are interested in the field of pain and wish to advance their knowledge. These courses run for 4-5 days and focus on pain assessment and treatment for people with pain. To be eligible to apply for a grant to attend one of the Schools you need to be a European Pain Federation EFIC Chapter member.
Want to learn more about our EFIC Pain Schools?
Check out our EFIC Pain Schools at a glance. Information on the next EFIC pain schools can be found here.
How can I attend?
Each national Council Member can propose a maximum of two candidates to apply for a European Pain Federation EFIC grant to attend a Pain School. The applicants must complete the application form and submit it to the Federation's Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the deadline. All applicants are evaluated by the Federation's Committee on Education and approved by the Federation's Executive Board.
I am not a member of a national Chapter - can I still attend?
If you are not a member of a national Chapterяyou cannot apply for a grant to attend a Pain School. However, you can still attend by registering directly with the pain school. More information on this can be found here.