Chronic pain is a multifaceted phenomenon that is poorly understood by many practitioners and people in the community. Since psychological, social, cognitive, behavioral, and other factors influence both consequences and causes of chronic pain, it is often difficult to understand the nature of a specific person’s pain condition. Because many syndromes resist treatment, it can be difficult for patients and physicians to communicate expectations and interpretations of results. The complexity of the phenomenon also impedes effort to place observations into an appropriate context. Accordingly, education is an essential component of the Center.
The Center sponsors seminars, training, and conferences for the professional community, and provides materials and programs for the public.
We take an active part in the training of researchers and practitioners. We developed several programs in parallel: a formal course in pain and pain management for medical and graduate students, enhancement of the existing clinical training in pain management for residents and fellows, and establishment of training opportunities in clinical research. We are proud to have integrated a program in pain studies that interests both clinicians and scientists.
Clinical Pain Education
Washington University Pain Center provides a comprehensive clinical education program that includes interventional, cognitive behavioral, pharmacological management, and research opportunities.
Pain Research Education
Washington University Pain Center provides multi-level and multifaceted education and research training to students, postdoctoral scientists, residents, and clinical fellows.
Washington University Pain Center provides a one-year pain medicine fellowship and a pediatric pain medicine fellowship, where fellows split their time between pediatric pain and adult pain management.