"A Pain Medicine Specialist is an expert in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of the spectrum of acute pain, cancer pain and non-cancer pain problems."
Pain Medicine is a new two-year sub-specialty residency initiated by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). This new two-year residency program will offer unparalleled learning opportunities leading to RCPSC certification in Pain Medicine.
Eligibility requirements include FRCPC certification (or in a program leading to certification) in the following areas: Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry and Rheumatology. Entry from other FRCPC programs such as Orthopedics, Neurosurgery and Palliative Care is possible in exceptional cases.
The University of Western Ontario accepted their first residents in July 2014. Other programs such as the University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, University of Ottawa, and Universite de Montreal are planning to start training residents by July 2016. For more information or application information, contact the Pain Medicine Program Directors within the Departments of Anesthesia at the respective universities.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT for Pain Medicine Residency Application Deadlines
There are new key deadlines for pain residency positions starting in July 2017. The application deadline is September 16, 2016 for all programs. Applications will be submitted through the CARMs process (with the exception of Quebec). See the Entry Requirements for further details.