Please find below information on part 1 of the European Pain Federation EFIC Examination for the Diploma in Pain Medicine. For full details, please consult the ‘information for participants’ section of the European Pain Federation website.
This registration is for part 1 of the Examination. The Examination is composed of two parts:
• Part 1 will be a multiple-choice question (MCQ) examination.
• Part 2 will be a series of objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) and viva examinations.
Part 2 will only be open to those who successfully complete part 1. Participants who successfully complete part 1 will be informed within one week of completion of the MCQ examination, and at least one month ahead of part 2. Completion of part 1 alone shall not be considered a qualification designated by the European Pain Federation EFIC.
Date and location |
Part 1 will take place in Copenhagen at the Bella Center on the 9th September following the European Pain Federation EFIC congress. Congress registration is not mandatory for those wishing to take the Examination. The room and exact time will be announced in due course. The MCQ examination is expected to end no later than 18:00.
Deadline for registration |
Registration for part 1 of the Examination will close on the 26th August at midnight. We will endeavour to respond to all applications within 7 days of receipt to allow participants to book their travel in advance.
The purpose of the European Pain Federation EFIC Examination for the Diploma in Pain Medicine (EDPM) is to improve the standard of pain assessment and treatment through the provision of a qualification for all medical professionals that tests their broad understanding of all types of pain and their treatment
The content of the Examination is based upon the European Pain Federation EFIC Pain Curriculum for the European Diploma in Pain Medicine (‘the Curriculum’) and accompanying reading list, which can both be found on the Core Curricula section of the European Pain Federation website.
The EDPM is open to all qualified doctors who see and treat pain. Appropriate clinical experience in pain assessment and treatment is essential. Residents and fellows working in multidisciplinary pain centres or multidisciplinary pain clinics are ideal candidates, though the qualification is open to all doctors, specialists or general practitioners, with an interest in pain and its management.
The MCQ examination is designed to test the participants’ knowledge of pain assessment and treatment. The MCQ examination will feature 50 questions. Each question will be composed of a stem followed by five answer statements. Each answer statement will either be true or false. There will be no negative marking. The time provided for the MCQ examination will be 90 minutes. The MCQ examination will be in paper form, and papers should be completed using either a pen or a pencil.
Eligibility criteria |
Candidates will be accepted for participation in part 1 if they meet the following eligibility criteria:
• Demonstrable possession of a medical degree
• Curriculum Vitae detailing at least three years’ clinical work in which patients with pain have been assessed and treated
• Letter of support or endorsement from two referees. For example, a head of department, clinical director or senior colleague. Endorsement letter should state that the candidate is in good standing in their country, and in their department, and is involved in seeing and managing patients with pain on a regular basis
• Completion of application form
• Strong working knowledge of English (oral and written)
• Payment of fees ahead of the requested deadline
The Examination content, both written and oral, will be in English. Participants are advised that a high-level of spoken and written English is required. Translation or interpretation services are not possible for this Examination.
A non-refundable registration fee of 250 Euros is required for participation in part 1 of the Examination.