The examination consists of written-only component that includes two three-hour papers each containing 35-50 short answer questions. The written component measures knowledge and application of knowledge necessary to function as a competent specialist in pain medicine. Most questions will concentrate on the medical expert role, but some can also assess the intrinsic competencies (Communicator, Professional, Health Advocate, Leader, Collaborator and Scholar). 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, pain intervention, 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 (please note that an update reference list will be available in the Royal College website by end of April each year):
Revised May 2018
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