Pain Medicine

Pain Medicine – Online Degree Program

Our joint programs between two prestigious USC schools, Keck School of Medicine of USC and Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, are suitable for practicing health professionals from a wide variety of fields, including physicians, dentists, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, psychologists, pharmacists, and more. Our world renowned faculty are thrilled to provide a unique opportunity to practicing professionals to learn pain medicine. Our mission is to leverage our research and education to advance and share knowledge of pain medicine and treating pain.


Overview – Master in Pain Medicine

The goal of this postdoctoral 3-year Master program is to give practicing health care providers advanced clinical, didactic and evidence-based education in the field of Pain Medicine.

  • Students are able to enter the program during the Fall and Spring semesters
  • Students continue to work in their practices while in the program
  • Students typically work on the program on evenings or weekends
  • The program is designed for both US and international students
  • The program includes 27 courses (33 units)
  • The program is 37 months long, begins in August and ends in June
  • A typical week involves 5-6 hours of video lectures, and 5-6 hours of live, interactive, video conferencing
  • Tuition, which is adjusted annually, is currently $1,863/unit; it does not need to be paid all at once and we offer payment plans and financial aid to those who qualify
  • The Program does not provide a stipend

Have questions about our programs? Want to speak with our Admissions Team? Contact us!

Curriculum

Year 1

Fall Semester: Total of 6 Units

PAIN 701 Pharmacotherapeutics for Pain (2 units)

This course will provide an introduction into the complex area of treatment with opioids, as well as the many other pharmacological options.

PAIN 702 Pain Classification and Diagnosis – Part 1 (2 units)

This course provides an introduction of pain classification and diagnosis to familiarize the student with a standardized approach to painful conditions.

PAIN 703 Psychological Aspects of the Pain Experience: Individual and Family (2 Units)

This course explore the psychological and social perspectives that influence chronic pain, reinforcing the need to look beyond the initial physical diagnosis.

Spring Semester: Total of 6 Units

PAIN 704 Pain and Society: Epidemiology and Cultural issues (1 unit)

This course explore the societal issues related to pain, including the role of culture, ethnicity, caregiving, social and psychological factors related to pain and pain management.

PAIN 705 Pain Assessment: History and Physical Examination (1 units)

This course is designed to assist in evaluation of patients suffering from pain, distinguishing between types of pain that may be acute or chronic.

PAIN 706 Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Pathology (2 units)

This course is an anatomical survey of the human musculoskeletal system, focused on common pathologies that generate pain.

PAIN 707 Pain Neuroscience (2 units)

This course focus on anatomy of peripheral and central nociceptors, molecular mechanisms that underlie primary responses, neural networks, and neural mechanisms involved in hyperalgesia and allodynia.

Year 2

Fall Semester: Total of 7 Units

PAIN 708 Opioids (1 unit)

This course explores opioid therapeutics including proper use, dosing, side effects and its management, use in special populations, and legal/ethical considerations for prescribers and dispensers.

PAIN 709 Pain Classification and Diagnosis – Part 2 (2 units)

During this course, the student will gain knowledge and ability to recognize as well as ability to recognize fine differences in various common pain conditions.

PAIN 710 Advanced Pain Physiology and Neuroscience (1 units)

This course discusses advanced neurophysiology of pain including immunology and epigenetics, neuropathic pain, inflammation, with a series of lectures and sessions to analyze clinical cases.

PAIN 711 Research Methodology

The purpose of this course is to understand how to conduct a systematic review, research question, searching the literature, summarizing the evidence and interpreting the findings.

PAIN 712a Pain Medicine Capstone (0.5 unit)

The capstone project includes a collaborative research project or a supervised internship (practicum) incorporating a service learning approach.

PAIN 713a Case Studies (0.5 unit)

This course has multiple elements including weekly online discussions of cases; learning need assignments; defense of an 18 cases or scenarios e-Portfolio.

Spring Semester: Total of 6 Units

PAIN 714 Public policy and Legal issues (1 units)

This courses discus Public Policy and Legal Issues in Pain Medicine including the California Medical Board Guidelines for Pain Medication, CURES, and legislation related with the discipline.

PAIN 715 History of Pain: Theory and Treatment (1 unit)

In this course we will trace through history our collective understanding of pain by examining the people, theories, and technologies which have brought us to our modern understanding.

PAIN 716 Neuropathic pain (1 units)

This course will focus on pain caused by nervous system dysfunction with focus on assessment, physiology, diagnoses and treatment.

PAIN 717 Psychological Aspects of Chronic Pain (2 units)

PAIN 712b Pain Medicine Capstone (0.5 unit)

The capstone project includes a collaborative research project or a supervised internship (practicum) incorporating a service learning approach.

PAIN 713b Case Studies (0.5 unit)

This course has multiple elements including weekly online discussions of cases; learning need assignments; defense of an 18 cases or scenarios e-Portfolio.

Year 3

Fall Semester: Total of 5 Units

PAIN 718 Complementary Approaches (2 units)

The purpose of this course is to educate on treatment options in pain management by providing framework for integrative models of care.

PAIN 719 Elective 1 Building a practice: Institutional or private (1 units)

This course discuss aspects related with building and managing a Pain Practice. Considering this is an interdisciplinary program, specific discipline issues will be addressed.

PAIN 722 Elective 1 Palliative Care in end of life (1 units)

This course presents key concepts in palliative medicine and hospice care, ranging from management of common symptoms, to best practices in communication with patients and their families.

PAIN 712c Pain Medicine Capstone (0.5 unit)

The capstone project includes a collaborative research project or a supervised internship (practicum) incorporating a service learning approach.

PAIN 713c Case Studies (0.5 unit)

This course has multiple elements including weekly online discussions of cases; learning need assignments; defense of an 18 cases or scenarios e-Portfolio.

Spring Semester: Total of 6 Units

PAIN 720 Physical & Occupational Therapies (1 units)

This course discusses different Physical and Occupational Therapy techniques for assessing and treating chronic pain.

PAIN 721 Elective 2 Advanced Therapeutics (2 units)

PAIN 723 Elective 2 Orofacial Pain and Headache (2 units)

The purpose of this course is to educate the student about the prevalence, differential diagnosis, prevention and management for neurogenic orofacial pain and headache disorders.

PAIN 712d Pain Medicine Capstone (0.5 unit)

The capstone project includes a collaborative research project or a supervised internship (practicum) incorporating a service learning approach.

PAIN 713d Case Studies (0.5 unit)

This course has multiple elements including weekly online discussions of cases; learning need assignments; defense of an 18 cases or scenarios e-Portfolio.

Overview – Certificate in Pain Medicine

For those who prefer to do a one year certificate we offer a program of 7 courses, all of them included in the Master Program.

  • Students continue to work in their practices while in the program
  • Students typically work on the program on evenings or weekends
  • The program is designed for both US and international students
  • The program includes 7 courses (12 units)
  • The program is 12.5 months long, begins in August and ends in June
  • A typical week involves 5-6 hours of video lectures, and 5-6 hours of live, interactive, video conferencing
  • Tuition, which is adjusted annually, is currently $1,863/unit; it does not need to be paid all at once and we offer payment plans and financial aid to those who qualify
  • The Program does not provide a stipend

Have questions about our programs? Want to speak with our Admissions Team? Contact us!

Curriculum

PAIN 701 Pharmacotherapeutics for Pain (2 units)

This course will provide an introduction into the complex area of treatment with opioids, as well as the many other pharmacological options.

PAIN 702 Pain Classification and Diagnosis – Part 1 (2 units)

This course provides an introduction of pain classification and diagnosis to familiarize the student with a standardized approach to painful conditions.

PAIN 703 Psychological Aspects of the Pain Experience: Individual and Family (2 Units)

This course explore the psychological and social perspectives that influence chronic pain, reinforcing the need to look beyond the initial physical diagnosis.

PAIN 704 Pain and Society: Epidemiology and Cultural issues (1 unit)

This course explore the societal issues related to pain, including the role of culture, ethnicity, caregiving, social and psychological factors related to pain and pain management.

PAIN 705 Pain Assessment: History and Physical Examination (1 units)

This course is designed to assist in evaluation of patients suffering from pain, distinguishing between types of pain that may be acute or chronic.

PAIN 706 Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Pathology (2 units)

This course is an anatomical survey of the human musculoskeletal system, focused on common pathologies that generate pain.

PAIN 707 Pain Neuroscience (2 units)

This course focus on anatomy of peripheral and central nociceptors, molecular mechanisms that underlie primary responses, neural networks, and neural mechanisms involved in hyperalgesia and allodynia.

Overview – Master in Pain Medicine

The goal of this postdoctoral 3-year Master program is to give practicing health care providers advanced clinical, didactic and evidence-based education in the field of Pain Medicine.

  • Students continue to work in their practices while in the program
  • Students typically work on the program on evenings or weekends
  • The program is designed for both US and international students
  • The program includes 27 courses (33 units)
  • Tuition, which is adjusted annually, is currently $1,800/unit
  • The program is 37 months long, begins in August and ends in June
  • A typical week involves 5-6 hours of video lectures, and 5-6 hours of live, interactive, video conferencing
  • The Program does not provide a stipend

Have questions about our programs? Want to speak with our Admissions Team? Contact us!

Curriculum

Year 1

Fall Semester: Total of 6 Units

PAIN 701 Pharmacotherapeutics for Pain (2 units)

This course will provide an introduction into the complex area of treatment with opioids, as well as the many other pharmacological options.

PAIN 702 Pain Classification and Diagnosis – Part 1 (2 units)

This course provides an introduction of pain classification and diagnosis to familiarize the student with a standardized approach to painful conditions.

PAIN 703 Psychological Aspects of the Pain Experience: Individual and Family (2 Units)

This course explore the psychological and social perspectives that influence chronic pain, reinforcing the need to look beyond the initial physical diagnosis.

Spring Semester: Total of 6 Units

PAIN 704 Pain and Society: Epidemiology and Cultural issues (1 unit)

This course explore the societal issues related to pain, including the role of culture, ethnicity, caregiving, social and psychological factors related to pain and pain management.

PAIN 705 Pain Assessment: History and Physical Examination (1 units)

This course is designed to assist in evaluation of patients suffering from pain, distinguishing between types of pain that may be acute or chronic.

PAIN 706 Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Pathology (2 units)

This course is an anatomical survey of the human musculoskeletal system, focused on common pathologies that generate pain.

PAIN 707 Pain Neuroscience (2 units)

This course focus on anatomy of peripheral and central nociceptors, molecular mechanisms that underlie primary responses, neural networks, and neural mechanisms involved in hyperalgesia and allodynia.

Year 2

Fall Semester: Total of 7 Units

PAIN 708 Opioids (1 unit)

This course explores opioid therapeutics including proper use, dosing, side effects and its management, use in special populations, and legal/ethical considerations for prescribers and dispensers.

PAIN 709 Pain Classification and Diagnosis – Part 2 (2 units)

During this course, the student will gain knowledge and ability to recognize as well as ability to recognize fine differences in various common pain conditions.

PAIN 710 Advanced Pain Physiology and Neuroscience (1 units)

This course discusses advanced neurophysiology of pain including immunology and epigenetics, neuropathic pain, inflammation, with a series of lectures and sessions to analyze clinical cases.

PAIN 711 Research Methodology

The purpose of this course is to understand how to conduct a systematic review, research question, searching the literature, summarizing the evidence and interpreting the findings.

PAIN 712a Pain Medicine Capstone (0.5 unit)

The capstone project includes a collaborative research project or a supervised internship (practicum) incorporating a service learning approach.

PAIN 713a Case Studies (0.5 unit)

This course has multiple elements including weekly online discussions of cases; learning need assignments; defense of an 18 cases or scenarios e-Portfolio.

Spring Semester: Total of 6 Units

PAIN 714 Public policy and Legal issues (1 units)

This courses discus Public Policy and Legal Issues in Pain Medicine including the California Medical Board Guidelines for Pain Medication, CURES, and legislation related with the discipline.

PAIN 715 History of Pain: Theory and Treatment (1 unit)

In this course we will trace through history our collective understanding of pain by examining the people, theories, and technologies which have brought us to our modern understanding.

PAIN 716 Neuropathic pain (1 units)

This course will focus on pain caused by nervous system dysfunction with focus on assessment, physiology, diagnoses and treatment.

PAIN 717 Psychological Aspects of Chronic Pain (2 units)

PAIN 712b Pain Medicine Capstone (0.5 unit)

The capstone project includes a collaborative research project or a supervised internship (practicum) incorporating a service learning approach.

PAIN 713b Case Studies (0.5 unit)

This course has multiple elements including weekly online discussions of cases; learning need assignments; defense of an 18 cases or scenarios e-Portfolio.

Year 3

Fall Semester: Total of 5 Units

PAIN 718 Complementary Approaches (2 units)

The purpose of this course is to educate on treatment options in pain management by providing framework for integrative models of care.

PAIN 719 Elective 1 Building a practice: Institutional or private (1 units)

This course discuss aspects related with building and managing a Pain Practice. Considering this is an interdisciplinary program, specific discipline issues will be addressed.

PAIN 722 Elective 1 Palliative Care in end of life (1 units)

This course presents key concepts in palliative medicine and hospice care, ranging from management of common symptoms, to best practices in communication with patients and their families.

PAIN 712c Pain Medicine Capstone (0.5 unit)

The capstone project includes a collaborative research project or a supervised internship (practicum) incorporating a service learning approach.

PAIN 713c Case Studies (0.5 unit)

This course has multiple elements including weekly online discussions of cases; learning need assignments; defense of an 18 cases or scenarios e-Portfolio.

Spring Semester: Total of 6 Units

PAIN 720 Physical & Occupational Therapies (1 units)

This course discusses different Physical and Occupational Therapy techniques for assessing and treating chronic pain.

PAIN 721 Elective 2 Advanced Therapeutics (2 units)

PAIN 723 Elective 2 Orofacial Pain and Headache (2 units)

The purpose of this course is to educate the student about the prevalence, differential diagnosis, prevention and management for neurogenic orofacial pain and headache disorders.

PAIN 712d Pain Medicine Capstone (0.5 unit)

The capstone project includes a collaborative research project or a supervised internship (practicum) incorporating a service learning approach.

PAIN 713d Case Studies (0.5 unit)

This course has multiple elements including weekly online discussions of cases; learning need assignments; defense of an 18 cases or scenarios e-Portfolio.

Overview – Certificate in Pain Medicine

For those who prefer to do a one year certificate we offer a program of 7 courses, all of them included in the Master Program.

  • Students continue to work in their practices while in the program
  • Students typically work on the program on evenings or weekends
  • The program is designed for both US and international students
  • The program includes 7 courses (12 units)
  • Tuition, which is adjusted annually, is currently $1,800/unit
  • The program is 12.5 months long, begins in August and ends in June
  • A typical week involves 5-6 hours of video lectures, and 5-6 hours of live, interactive, video conferencing
  • The Program does not provide a stipend

Have questions about our programs? Want to speak with our Admissions Team? Contact us!

Curriculum

PAIN 701 Pharmacotherapeutics for Pain (2 units)

This course will provide an introduction into the complex area of treatment with opioids, as well as the many other pharmacological options.

PAIN 702 Pain Classification and Diagnosis – Part 1 (2 units)

This course provides an introduction of pain classification and diagnosis to familiarize the student with a standardized approach to painful conditions.

PAIN 703 Psychological Aspects of the Pain Experience: Individual and Family (2 Units)

This course explore the psychological and social perspectives that influence chronic pain, reinforcing the need to look beyond the initial physical diagnosis.

PAIN 704 Pain and Society: Epidemiology and Cultural issues (1 unit)

This course explore the societal issues related to pain, including the role of culture, ethnicity, caregiving, social and psychological factors related to pain and pain management.

PAIN 705 Pain Assessment: History and Physical Examination (1 units)

This course is designed to assist in evaluation of patients suffering from pain, distinguishing between types of pain that may be acute or chronic.

PAIN 706 Musculoskeletal Anatomy and Pathology (2 units)

This course is an anatomical survey of the human musculoskeletal system, focused on common pathologies that generate pain.

PAIN 707 Pain Neuroscience (2 units)

This course focus on anatomy of peripheral and central nociceptors, molecular mechanisms that underlie primary responses, neural networks, and neural mechanisms involved in hyperalgesia and allodynia.

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