Medical Educational and Scientific Foundation of New York
Initiative to educate physicians on pain management and end-of-life care
Executive Summary: The Medical Educational and Scientific Foundation of New York developed a 12-hour CME course focused on pain management to provide physicians, medical students and residents with a solid working understanding of pain management techniques and related issues in end-of-life care. Funding from The Physicians Foundation supported the Medical Educational and Scientific Foundation of New York in developing the curriculum and distributing the course to medical professionals. A task force consisting of 13 physicians was assembled to provide information on the development of the course modules. Skills and knowledge offered in the course included: recognizing and assessing patient pain in order to develop an individual pain management plan, understanding how to evaluate, manage and treat non-malignant pain, distinguishing and treating naturopathic pain, and gaining insight in end-of-life care with an emphasis on management of advanced stage cancer-related pain. The course was presented on-site at more than 50 events. The audio roundtable recording CD was distributed to 30,000 physicians and the CD version of the course was distributed to 7,000 medical students and 2,000 residents.