How to engage

How to be involved with the Faculty


There are many ways to get involved with Faculty activities to provide support, guidance and oversight to specialist trainees and its Fellows, including offering educational activities, the development of professional standards and representing the profession to government and to the community. Many Faculty Fellows serve as examiners, hospital accreditation reviewers, supervisors of training or regional education officers. Fellows also are encouraged to nominate for election to regional committees as well as the Faculty of Pain Medicine Board. Here are some of the ways you can engage:



Nominate for election

FPM Board

Pain medicine Fellows who wish to nominate for election to the FPM board must have their nomination received by the FPM general manager at least 60 days before the annual general meeting. The nomination must be signed by two Fellows and contain a consent to act if elected signed by the person nominated. See By-law 1 for further details.


Regional committees

Every two years, each region call for nominations for election to their committee. The call for nominations is made in February of the even year, with the term of office beginning in May of the same year. The next call for nominations will be in February 2014 for membership May 2014 to April 2016. For information on how to contact your regional or national committee, please click here.


Become a committee member


The Faculty board appoints annually to each of its various committees and other groups. Fellows who would like to contribute to a particular committee are encouraged to contact the relevant committee chair to register their interest or to contact the Faculty at


Become an examiner


Fellows with appropriate interests and skills can apply to become examiners for the FPM fellowship examination and long case assessments. The principles of appointing an FPM examiner are to provide the best quality examination process for the fair assessment of candidates and to promote fair and appropriate assessment of examiner applicants.


The Faculty board appoints examiners for three years following a recommendation by its Examination Committee about the suitability of applicants. It also will take into account the need for examiners with particular primary specialist qualifications or the need for a geographical spread of examiners.


The board may reappoint examiners for further three-year intervals if the committee recommends it. Under normal circumstances, examiners are eligible to serve for a maximum of 12 years, subject to reappointment every three years.


Fellows who wish to serve on the panel of examiners are encouraged to apply. An application form is available and is to be filled out in conjunction with the following desirable skills/attributes of an examiner. For more information about how to become an examiner please see the Examiner Terms of Reference or contact the Faculty



Become a mentor


Mentoring is a voluntary relationship, typically between an experienced person and a more junior colleague. It enables the current and next generations of pain physicians to meet and share ideas, thoughts and experiences.


A mentor is a person who takes a special interest in the professional development of a junior colleague and provides guidance and support. Mentees may need guidance or support on a wide range of issues regarding clinical problems, relationships with colleagues, critical incidents, career options, stress management, and personal and professional development. Mentoring accelerates learning from experience, and helps achieve positive, lasting change to reach personal and professional goals. An effective mentoring relationship will provide ongoing benefit into the years following the training period as new clinical and personal challenges are encountered.


For further details, please click here.



Record an educational podcast


FPM would like to hear suggestions on which subject areas would benefit you as we continue to expand the series of podcasts.


If you know specialists who are experts in the field and you wish to hear their presentations, or you have heard keynote presenters and think your colleagues would benefit from hearing their presentations as podcasts, we would like to hear from you.


To volunteer to present a podcast, please contact the Faculty at




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