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Pain Medicine in Medical Curricula

Pain in medical school


“Ninety-six percent of medical schools in the UK and USA, and nearly 80% of medical schools in Europe had no compulsory dedicated teaching in pain medicine”
“On average, the median number of hours of pain content in the entire curriculum was 20 in Canada (2009), 20 in Australia and New Zealand (2018), 13 in the UK (2011), 12 in Europe (2012/2013), and 11 in the USA (2009). Neurophysiology and pharmacology pain topics were given priority by medical schools in all countries.”
Stop and consider, just for a moment, how many hours in total an entire medical school curriculum may consist of… and the vanishingly small % that 11-20 hours may represent…

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