Venue: Sanskruti Hall, B. J. Medical College, Ahmedabad
Date: 5th & 6th October 2013
Department of Pain Medicine and Rehabilitation – B. J. Medical College & Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Indian Society for Study of Pain
Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists &
Traveling Pain School
Under banner of
IASP Developing Countries Project: Initiative for Improving Pain Education
Pain Awareness Progam, B. J. Medical College & Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Supported by an educational grant from International Association for Study of Pain (IASP)
Participants on 5th October (half day): Physiotherapy interns (90 interns)
Participants on 6th October (full day): Anaesthesia postgraduates (40 students)
The post-graduate programme was granted two credit hours by Gujarat Medical Council.
Dr.Jayshree Thakker – Professor in Anaesthesiology, Gujarat Cancer & Research Institute, Ahmedabad.
Dr. Muralidhar Joshi – Director, Pain Management Centre, Kamineni Hospitals, King Koti, Hyderabad & Convener, Traveling Pain School.
Dr. Tarlika Doctor- Professor in Anaesthesiology & In-charge of Dept. Of Pain Medicine and Rehabilitation, B.J.Medical College & Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad.
Dr. Vijayanand. P- Director, Axon Pain Management Center, Hyderabad & Convener, Traveling Pain School.
Chief Guest – Dr.B.J.Shah – Dean, B. J. Medical College
Dr.S.K.Shah – Professor & H.O.D in Anaesthesiology, B.J.Medical College
Dr.Manmit Gill – Principal In-charge, College of Physiotherapy, B. J. Medical College
Dr. Bhavana Raval – Gujarat Medical Council Observer
Pain education is not mandatory in Indian health sciences curriculum, though being the commonest symptom one has to encounter in clinical practice. Workshops to teach and train the students are, therefore, required in India to supplement and improve their pain knowledge. Teaching such knowledge within a simple framework, which could translate to better care of the patient, is essential from an individual sufferers’ perspective and from a societal view point. Essential Pain Management workshop held in October 2013, at B. J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, is one such endeavour to promote effective management of pain.
A structured approach to managing pain was the emphasis of the workshop. The clinical case-scenarios which ranged from acute pain to neuropathic pain to cancer pain brought out the best among our students. The interactive lectures and group discussions were thoroughly relished by them, and the pre and post test questionnaires showed a marked improvement in pain knowledge. The feedback from the students as well as the instructors was very favorable, with most students recommending a repeat workshop in the near future. It was a busy couple of days, but the effort was well worth it, as evidenced by the students staying back after the official finish of the event to discuss clinical issues they have encountered.
I am hopeful that the event would now be instrumental in better care of the sufferer. We are, in addition, hopeful that the event would be a yearly one wherein the students would be benefited.