Comprehensive, Multimodal Pain Education Program Prepares Clinicians to Support Service Members

The F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) has implemented a new pain management curriculum and is the first medical school in the nation to do so. Going beyond and seeking to respond to problems with purely pharmacological approaches to treatment, USU’s pain management program teaches clinical pain assessment, pain assessment tools, psychological and medication-based approaches to pain management, and behavioral management of chronic pain. It also teaches evidence-based alternative modalities for chronic pain management, the specifics of different pain conditions, and treatment of substance use disorder. In support of the just-released CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, the USU program will additionally require its medical students to complete prescriber education beginning this fall.

USU is the first medical school to fully incorporate each of the elements included in the Joint Pain Education Program (JPEP), set forth by the USU Defense & Veterans Center for Integrative Pain Management (DVCIPM). Committed to training primary care providers, and building a new model of pain care, the JPEP is a collaborative effort between the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs to standardize pain management curriculum. DVCIPM program director, Army Col. (retired) Chester “Trip” Buckenmaier, MD, stated, “We are very proud of this work and immensely pleased that our own university is the first adopter of this valuable program.”

Read more about the USU’s groundbreaking initiative here.


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