Physician Training

Pain Primer:

This 2-day, mainly didactic program takes place at our Mississauga Health and Wellness Centre. It covers the basics of pain pathophysiology, assessment, diagnosis, multi-disciplinary treatment planning, pharmacotherapy and an introduction to interventional pain medicine. This course is fully accredited for 11 MAINPRO M1 study credits by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC).

MSK Focus Course:

This 2-day course takes place in downtown Toronto and is provided by Dr. Julia Alleyne, a well-known expert in MSK Medicine in Canada. It will be a combination of didactic and hands-on training using programmed patients, where you will review MSK physical examination, diagnosis and treatment planning. This course is fully accredited for 14 MAINPRO M1 credits from the CFPC and for Category 1 MOCOMP credits from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. For more information, click here.

McMaster Interventional Pain Cadaver Course:

This course is co-taught by Dr. Norm Buckley, Professor and Chair, Department of Anesthesia at McMaster University, along with an experienced CPM clinician. It is fully accredited by the CFPC and RCPSC by McMaster University. It consists of a 1-day, hands-on, practical workshop demonstrating the most commonly utilized interventional pain procedures and takes place in the cadaver lab at McMaster Medical Centre.


You will be paired up with experienced CPM clinicians on 5 separate days to learn first-hand about the CPM assessment and treatment process, forms, billing, seeing and performing some interventions and learn other practical skills. You will be expected to assess a new patient, formulate a diagnosis, present a treatment plan and dictate a consultation note. The CPM preceptorship will usually take place after the, first 3 components of training are completed but there may be exceptions, in some circumstances.

Once the Pain Primer and MSK Focus courses are completed, you can ask to take your preceptorship before the Interventional Course is completed. This will allow you to begin seeing patients at CPM, doing consultations and becoming familiar with pharmacotherapy and the role of multidisciplinary treatments. However you will NOT be allowed to provide interventional treatments at CPM until you complete the McMaster course and obtain approval of your Change of Scope application and training plan by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

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