Pre-2015 training program

This page holds the information and forms for trainees who are completing their pain medicine training under the pre-2015 training program.



Part-time and interrupted training


Recognition of prior pain medicine experience




Overview of training sequence 


FPM Trainee Profile


Trainees must undertake their prospectively approved structured training period in a Faculty-accredited pain management unit. The requirement is one year for category (i) above. Requirements for category (ii) will be determined by the Assessor.

Part-time and interrupted training

With prior approval from the Faculty of Pain Medicine and with the support of the trainee’s head of department and the respective hospital administration, part-time and/or interrupted training is possible under specific circumstances (see by-law 18).


Recognition of prior pain medicine experience

In addition to the structured period of training in a Faculty-accredited pain medicine program, one further year of experience of direct relevance to the specialty of pain medicine is required. Up to 12 months retrospective approval may be granted, but approval is not automatic and depends on the relevance of that experience to pain medicine. (see by-law 18).


Applications for recognition of other experience attract the annual training fee on a pro-rata basis for the period of time for which such accreditation is approved.



During the training program trainees demonstrate their knowledge, skills and attitudes by satisfactorily completing a number of formative and summative assessment tasks.


 Formative assessment:

  • A log book documenting workload and experience to be kept for at least six months.

  • Formal quarterly in-training assessment reports from the supervisor of training.


In-training assessment reports:

The quarterly and final in-training assessment reports (ITAs) are the basis by which the Faculty assesses the clinical training and professional attributes of its trainees. The ITA process provides a mechanism to give feedback to trainees on a number of critical performance areas and is a vital part of training assessment:

•    The ITA Report is used as a formative assessment of Faculty trainees to be completed at three-monthly intervals (irrespective of part-time training) from the start of training.
•    The Final ITA Report is used as a summative assessment of Faculty in the last quarter of the structured period of training.
•    The Level 2 ITA is used for any training undertaken in a Level 2 Unit.


Summative assessment:

  • Clinical case study - One clinical case study (2500 - 5000 words) is to be submitted and assessed as reflecting the knowledge, skills and attitudes required of a specialist pain medicine physician.


    The preparation of a clinical case study to a satisfactory standard, as well as being an important training experience, is an essential component of accreditation as a specialist pain medicine physician. For detailed information, please follow the links below:


  • Clinical case study submission
  • Clinical case study cover sheet 
  • Final in-training assessment report.
  • A fellowship examination and long case assessments.


Overview of training sequence

Activity Time scale
 Complete structured FPM training period Any time during or after primary vocational training
Submit quarterly in-training assessments Quarterly during structured training period
Submit clinical case study To be submitted prior to completion of training
FPM fellowship examination (this may require completion of the long case assessment) Can be undertaken during or after the structured period
Admission to fellowship of FPM After successful completion of all training requirements, documentation and assessments
Continuing professional development (CPD) Activities to be documented and submitted annually




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