Core 5: Pain

Core 5: Pain


The Pain module seeks to introduce medical students as to how junior clinicians can respond to pain in the acute setting. It will discuss key concepts of pain control, and introduce students to common scenarios and likely tools available at their disposal.

  • This module forms part of the Core Curriculum.
  • It requires less than 30 minutes preparation.
  • It can be taught in 1 to 2 hours.

Teaching This Topic

As with all modules, first familiarise yourself with The 9 Rules of STITCCH.

Pain teaching is often quite poorly taught in a comprehensive manner in medical school. Medical students may have a detailed knowledge of the pathophysiology of pain and it's mechanisms but often have little introduction to how it is treated in a stepwise manner.

When teaching this topic, seek to highlight three central points:

  • The step-up approach of the analgesic ladder.
  • The concept of non-pharmacological and multi-modal anesthesia.
  • The importance of regular review.

STITCCH Resources

Other Resources

  • NPS Medicinewise (Independent Prescribing Body in Australia)
    • Managing chronic pain: a holistic approach (link).
    • Non-pharmacological management of chronic pain (link).
    • Non-opoid analgesics for chronic pain (link).
    • Developping a management plan for chronic pain (link).
  • Trinca J, Shipton E. Designing a curriculum for knowledge/skills in pain medicine in postgraduate years 1 and 2 (PGY 1 and 2).
  • How to treat, Australian Doctor (link)

Update History

 1 November 2016, First Edition.

Image Credit:

Bryan McClellan via Flickr (link)

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