2019 IASP Southeast Asia Pain Management Camp

Application Period is Now CLOSED!

For a list of 2019 recipients, please visit this site.

Grants: IASP will award grants to underwrite participation in the IASP 5th Southeast Asia Pain Camp, scheduled for April 7 to 11, 2019, at Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. The camp will be followed by the 8th ASEAPS Congress April 11-14, 2019.

Timeline: The call for 2019 IASP Southeast Asia Pain Management Camp applications is now open. Deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. Eastern U.S. Time on Friday, December 14, 2018.

Purpose: The goal of this five-day intensive residential course is to boost understanding of pain concepts and the basics of interdisciplinary pain management for health care workers starting pain services or working in pain and related fields in Asia-Pacific. The course covers pain topics relevant to daily clinical practice, as well as other subjects relevant to developing participants into pain management educators and advocates.

More specifically, the camp objectives are

  1. To improve participants’ knowledge of pain pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management using a biopsychosocial approach
  2. To provide an impetus for pain practitioners in Asian/Pacific countries to develop multidisciplinary pain management infrastructure or to enhance existing infrastructure
  3. To foster closer collaboration among Asian/Pacific pain practitioners
  4. To raise the level of care for Asian/Pacific pain patients

Learning Format: The pain camp is a residential course divided into two sections. Held in Damai in Sarawak, Malaysia, the first four days cover basic pain concepts and clinical application. Time is allocated for team learning and faculty interaction. The course employs various methodologies, including

  • Didactic lectures
  • Demonstration of clinical examination of patients with chronic pain
  • Case presentations and sharing by course participants based on their own experience and patients seen during the course
  • Role play
  • Review and discussion of relevant journal articles and guidelines
  • Team learning with daily assignments
  • Visit and observation at a local pain clinic

The last day is at the ASEAPS conference venue in Kuching, Sarawak, and is formatted as a pain refresher course with more didactic teaching. The pain refresher course is also open to other interested participants at the ASEAPS Congress who are not part of this pain camp.

Topics discussed at the pain camp include the following:

  1. Essential Pain Management (EPM)
  2. Communication and pain assessment
  3. Assessment of the chronic pain patient
  4. Management of acute pain
  5. Musculoskeletal pain
  6. Management of neuropathic pain
  7. Psychosocial evaluation of the chronic pain patient
  8. Psychosocial approaches in pain management
  9. Management of cancer pain
  10. Rational use of opioids
  11. Interventional pain management
  12. Traditional and complementary medicine in pain management
  13. Pain management in low-resource settings
  14. Organizing a pain service
  15. Barriers to good pain management in your country


Full board course fee of USD$1,500, which includes:

  • Registration to the five-day pain camp course
  • Ground transportation and refreshments
  • Course syllabus

For applicants from non-ASEAPS countries, the grant will also include

  • Five nights’ accommodation at the camp venue
  • Travel grant of up to USD$500

Eligibility Requirements:

At the time of application, nominees:

  1. Should preferably be young graduates (under age 45) of medical or allied health sciences. Desirable, but not necessary, postgraduate qualification would be in
    • Anaesthesiology
    • Neurology
    • Rehabilitation medicine
    • Palliative Medicine
    • Psychiatry
    • Clinical Psychology
    • Primary Care
    • Orthopaedic surgery or Sports medicine
    • General surgery, Neurosurgery or other surgical specialty
    • General medicine, Geriatrics, Rheumatology or other medical specialty
    • Nursing
    • Pharmacology or Pharmacy
    • Dentistry
    • Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy
    • Any other specialty deemed suitable by the review panel
  2.  Have at least two years of experience in your career
  3. Be able to speak and write English
  4. Be members of local IASP chapters, if any
  5. Be based in the ASEAPS countries (Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Myanmar), other ASEAN countries (Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Brunei), and East Timor, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, and the Pacific Islands
  6. Must not have received a similar grant from IASP within the past three years
  7. Are not solo practitioners in private practice but are affiliated with university, general or tertiary care center, hospital or training program
  8. Successful applicants must be IASP members by day one of the pain camp. They do not have to be IASP members at the time of application.

Faculty: Course directors are Mary Cardosa, pain specialist (visiting) at Selayang Hospital, Selangor, Malaysia, and president of the Malaysian Association for the Study of Pain, and Ramani Vijayan, anesthesiologist and chair of the Association of Southwest Asian Pain Societies. Other faculty include pain management experts from ASEAN countries and IASP leaders, including the IASP president and IASP ASEAPS liaison officer.


  1. Thirty candidates will be chosen for this training course.
  2. Nominees must submit a letter of recommendation to attend the pain camp from a local pain society or affiliated academic institution or supervisor.
  3. Selected nominees from resource-limited, non-ASEAPS countries in the region will be awarded a subsidy for full board course fee and travel grant.
  4. Selected nominees from ASEAPS countries will be awarded subsidy for full board course fee.
  5. Self-funded candidates may also apply to attend the course .

How to Apply: Please fill out the online application in English. You also will need to upload the following documents into the online system:

  • A CV with a recent photo
  • Doctor of Medicine or Allied Health Sciences Certificates
  • Specialty Board Certificate (e.g. in Anesthesiology, Rehabilitation Medicine etc.)
  • Names and emails of two references (at least one should be from trainee’s institution or direct supervisor or from a local pain soceity)


Successful candidates will be notified by February 6, 2019. Unsuccessful candidates will still receive notification. If you have questions, please email grants@iasp-pain.org or call +1-202-856-7400. IASP will not consider incomplete applications. IASP also does not take responsibility for accidents or other legal issues occurring during the period a person is benefiting from an IASP grant.