McGill University, School of Physical & Occupational Therapy

Type: Degree/Diploma/Certificate (Online)
Country: Canada

Chronic pain management is a major and growing challenge for patients, healthcare professionals and the global healthcare system. This certificate is an ongoing collaboration between the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy and the Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain to provide healthcare professionals with the most recent and relevant approaches and technologies for the care and management of chronic pain.

An interdisciplinary approach is represented by the participants as well as by the educators of the certificate. By teaching evidence-based clinical practice with an interdisciplinary perspective, this graduate certificate will provide the professional with advanced knowledge and expertise in this challenging area of healthcare. This certificate is offered in French and in English.

Qualification on completion: Graduate Certificate in Chronic Pain Management

Pre-requisite qualifications: Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent in a health-related discipline from a university or recognized institution. Transcript indicating academic scoring equivalent to a B average or a McGill CGPA of 3.0.

Intended Participants (Discipline): Health Care Professionals
The program is appropriate for professionals from:
- medicine
- nursing
- occupational therapy
- pharmacology
- physical therapy
- psychology
- related disciplines

Format (online, face to face, blended): Online format. 

Style (case-based, readings, mixed cases & readings, discussion groups): The program is highly-interactive with individual, pair, and group learning activities. Students are presented new material on a weekly basis and guided through the material and activities by tutors with an expertise in chronic pain management. Throughout each course students complete case-based presentations, discussions, and reports requiring analysis and synthesis of material and building upon their clinical experience. This post-professional training program is designed for busy healthcare professionals, leaving them the freedom to better manage their work-life balance.

Length (hours per week, number of weeks, or years): The program consists of 5 courses which may be completed between 1 and 2.5 years. Students have the option of choosing a fast track option. Each course is one academic semester (13 weeks); with 3 hours per week of formal instruction plus 3-5 hours per week for assignments, readings, and work integrated learning activities.

Content Consistent with any IASP curriculum: The McGill SPOT CCPM content has been carefully designed to align with five major themes of chronic pain management: the multidimensional nature of chronic pain, assessment, intervention, conditions, and interdisciplinary. Each of these themes is a pillar to the learners’ expertise in the management of chronic pain to improve patient/client care. The program content addresses these themes individually or in parallel. McGill SPOT CCPM themes align with the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) Interprofessional Pain Curriculum Outline. The table below details the theme, description, and learner centered objectives.

Evaluation - Format (exams, assignments, participation, combination): Students in all courses are evaluated based on participation, case-based assignments, and literature reviews. In specific courses, learners will also be evaluated based on exams, presentations, and a practicum exercise.

Evaluation - Nature (competencies, knowledge, or both): Evaluations are designed to assess students’ knowledge and competencies.

Accreditation or Endorsement For CME/CPD points, or for Content, e.g., by IASP): Accreditation for Continuing Medical Education (CME) is in progress at this time.

Contact Details (eg. Program Administrator): Student Affairs Coordinator, 514-398-4400 ext. 0432, Program Coordinator,