Our Education Committee, under the chairmanship of Professor Andreas Kopf met in Berlin in October to discuss plans for upcoming projects and the improvement of existing projects like our Pain Schools and examinations.
We are developing two new curricula, one for nursing and one for clinical psychology, looking at the interdisciplinary aspects of these professions when dealing with pain management and treatment. The nursing curriculum is being led by Dr Emma Briggs, while the psychology curriculum is being led by Professor Geert Crombez. They are being assisted by
a number of volunteers and experts from across the pain community and will hopefully deliver the new curricula
by the time we meet in Valencia at the EFIC Congress in September 2019.
We are in the process of developing a new online education platform for our community of clinicians. This new platform will replace the existing EFIC Education Platform , which currently serves as a space to host video content from our Pain
Schools and Congress. The future platform will be much more closely structured around our curricula with a much broader content. Dr Ruth Zaslansky is steering this project, which will hopefully be ready to launch in an initial phase within 18 months. Another new project is focused around patient education.
Dr Snezana Tomosevic Todorovic will be leading a group whose aim is to develop tools for patient education, aimed at improving patient self -management and presenting scientific information in patient – accessible formats. Initial ideas include patient summaries and webinars by our Congress plenary speakers and a workshop targeted at patient advocates who can act as ambassadors for other patients on self- management techniques. Our existing curricula, examinations and Pain Schools are also being reviewed, and we hope to see results in the years to come.