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TIME: Pain Care Medicine

This four-day course is offered after the Genes to Society - Nervous System and Special Senses section. The goals of the course are to introduce students to pain as an interdisciplinary area of research and clinical practice. Topics include the neurobiology of pain, genetics of pain, pharmacology of pain relief, clinical pain assessment and the affective component of pain experience. Lecture, small-group discussion, team-based learning, prescription-writing labs, reflective writing and clinical correlations are all used in the course. 

Course Goals

After participating in this course, medical students will be able to:

  • Know the IASP definition of pain and be able to describe the prevalence and neurobiology of pain.
  • Link genetic variability to clinical variability in pain processing, response to therapies and vulnerability to disease-causing pain.
  • Understand the relationship between patients, physicians and medical systems in delivery of clinically excellent pain management.
  • Apply pain intensity measures and multiple qualitative assessments in the assessment of pain in clinical practice.
  • Know the indications, adverse reactions and appropriate monitoring for pain relief medications.
  • Know the neurobiology of neuromodulating agents in the management of pain.

Course Director

Photo of Dr. Jennifer A Haythornthwaite, M.A., Ph.D.

Haythornthwaite, Jennifer A, M.A., Ph.D.

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Professor of Medicine
Director, The Center for Mind-Body Research

Time Commitment and Course Length

The course runs for 20 hours over 3 days.

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