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Shared Educational Resources - Pain Medicine Program


The policy specifically applies to the DHMC multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship program.


The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has enacted policies requiring that there be only one ACGME-accredited pain medicine program within a sponsoring institution. Because pain medicine is a multidisciplinary approach to a common problem, the ACGME also requires an institutional policy governing the educational resources committed to pain medicine. This policy is intended to ensure cooperation among all involved disciplines.

Policy Guidelines

The DH multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship training program can be accessed after primary training in several medical disciplines including: anesthesiology, neurology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and psychiatry. The pain medicine training and educational experience are modified to meet the needs of each trainee based on their background, experience, and career goals; in full compliance with institutional and program-specific RRC requirements. The pain medicine program director is assigned primary responsibility for organizing the educational program for each pain medicine trainee. The program director also assures cooperation among all involved disciplines via a Program Multidisciplinary Committee with representation from all involved disciplines. This Multi-disciplinary Committee shall provide program-level oversight of collaborative training effort.

In satisfaction of ACGME requirements, the DH Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC) possesses final authority in assuring cooperation among the disciplines involved in the training program as identified in the program’s RRC accreditation record, up to and including oversight of the Program Multidisciplinary Committee. If difficulties in the distribution of resources committed to pain medicine training are identified, the DIO will meet with the members of the program(s) involved to assess the issues and recommend corrective action. The DIO will report findings to the GMEC which possesses final authority in assuring cooperation among the disciplines if the conflict is not resolved through the previously described mechanism.