The examination consists of written-only component that includes two, three-hour papers each containing 35-50 short answer questions. This examination assesses the candidate’s competence to function as a consultant Pain Specialist across the CanMEDS domains of Medical Expert, Communicator, Collaborator, Leader, Health Advocate, Scholar and Professional. The examination will test the candidate’s clinical competence in the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of patients with acute and chronic non-cancer and cancer pain, as well as prevention of symptoms, in a multidisciplinary framework. The examination will encompass knowledge of pain mechanisms, patient management and basic science.
The subjects covered in this examination will include, but are not limited to, foundational knowledge, acute pain management, addiction medicine, cancer pain management, musculoskeletal pain management, neurology and psychiatry, as well as pediatrics and sleep medicine as they pertain to comprehensive pain management. Foundational knowledge will include, but will not be limited to, anatomy, pharmacology and pathophysiology.
Questions may cover all competencies as described in the Objectives of Training in the Subspecialty of Pain Medicine.
Study materials include but are not limited to:
Revised June 2016
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