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Credentialing of CAPM members

Credentialing is a mark of approval by the professional organization CAPM that the member has achieved recommended standards of professional development and experience in pain management.

FIVE OPTIONS:

  1. Through AAPM and being a current CAPM member in the credentialing stream
  2. Through CAPM Credentialing courses
  3. Online through the University of Alberta Pain Certificate program curriculum
  4. Online through the McGill School of Physical and Occupational Therapy
  5. Advanced Credentialing through CAPM

1. THROUGH AAPM AND CAPM

Credentialing is available for members who are professionals in a Canadian regulated health care discipline. Diplomate Credentialing has been done since 2005 through cooperation with the American Academy of Pain Management – the AAPM Credentialing Committee screen the individual's qualifications (academic training and regulatory licensure, letters of reference, and curriculum vitae) and allow the qualified member to sit a standardized multiple‐choice examination assessing familiarity with pain management within a multidisciplinary and integrative perspective . Those passing the AAPM initial screening and the subsequent examination are eligible for credentialing. Those succeeding in AAPM credentialing and become members of the CAPM in the credentialing stream will be sent a Diplomate Certificate through CAPM upon presentation of their AAPM certificate. The CAPM certificate will remain valid as long as their AAPM certificate is valid and the member must remain in good standing with CAPM for the duration of the certificate.

2. CAPM CREDENTIALING THROUGH COURSES

Launched in 2014, CAPM now offers Credentialing through a 3‐day course plus exam. Diplomate status with the Canadian Academy of Pain Management is restricted to healthcare professionals licensed in good standing with their Canadian regulatory bodies. You must provide copy of license by your Canadian regulated healthcare authority, copy of highest relevant academic diploma or degree, Curriculum Vitae showing that you are practising a significant portion of time in pain management for at least two years, three letters of recommendation from peers regarding your practice in pain, be a current member in the credentialing stream with CAPM and attend the 3 day course.

3. ONLINE THROUGH THE UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA PAIN CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

Registration in this course and completion will be accepted by the Canadian Academy of Pain Management as Diplomate Credentialing. This credentialing follows the same criteria outlined in the CAPM credentialing, plus proof of registration, attendance and exam marks will be required. These will be verified by the University of Alberta Pain Certificate Program and will be sent to the CAPM office where a Diplomate certificate will be issued. Information is through the University of Alberta Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, Shawn Drefs, paincertificate@ualberta.ca or www.rehabmed.ualberta.ca/painmanagement

See course information here.

4. ONLINE THROUGH THE MCGILL SCHOOL OF PHYSICAL AND OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

The Online Graduate Certificate in Chronic Pain Management at McGill University is an interdisciplinary program providing graduates from across Canada and Worldwide with specialized credentials. By completing this interactive online program learners will be able to:

  1. Explain the biopsychosocial model of chronic pain management
  2. Analyze research on mechanisms, conditions, and assessments of chronic pain
  3. Apply evidence-based multi-modality treatments for diverse client populations
  4. Collaborate in interdisciplinary teams and defend roles of stakeholders in chronic pain management

The interactive nature of the assignments and discussion groups are designed to promote collective problem solving, encourage a team approach and bring together a collection of international insights that can then best respond to the needs of chronic pain clients in the respective treatment domains. Courses, available in English or French, include:

  1. Pain Assessment in Clinical Practice (POTH 663): 3 credits
  2. Neuroscience and Behavioral Perspectives of Pain (POTH664): 3 credits
  3. Interdisciplinary Management of Chronic Pain (POTH 665): 3 credits
  4. Common Clinical Pain Syndromes (POTH 666): 3 credits
  5. Complimentary Course of Choice (POTH 603): 3 credits

Registration in this course and completion will be accepted by the Canadian Academy of Pain Management as Diplomate Credentialing. This credentialing follows the same criteria outlined in the CAPM credentialing, plus proof of registration, attendance and exam marks will be required. These will be verified by the McGill School of Physical and Occupational Therapy and will be sent to the CAPM office where a Diplomate certificate will be issued.

See course information here.

McGill Graduate Certificate in Chronic Pain Management

5. ADVANCED CREDENTIALING IN PAIN MANAGEMENT (FOR SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES)

A different type of credentialing through the Canadian Academy of Pain Management has to do with specific professional competencies in pain management and is restricted to specific professional groups and individuals with specialized skills and procedures. At this time there is Advanced Credentialing for MDs in Interventional Pain Management. Advanced Credentialing in Interventional Pain Management is open only to doctors of medicine in Ontario who have completed the requisite 900 hours training, and who have passed the peer inspection by the regulatory body (College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario). For the most part those who are qualified are registered change of scope physicians who have changed scope of practice to interventional pain management, and who have completed the equivalent of 900 hours or six months of training and experience in pain management, have passed the peer review observing their practice and reviewing other clinical files, and the clinic in which they work has passed a peer review. It is also open to certain specialists who have trained as Pain Subspecialists through certain academic departments of Anesthesia. At present in Canada this process has been set up only in Ontario.

RECREDENTIALING

The term of Credentialing or of Advanced Credentialing is four years, following which the member must resubmit proof of current licensure from regulatory body and evidence of 100 hours of pain‐related Continuing Education activities (and in case of Advanced Credentialing in Interventional Pain Management, any additional interventional procedures or skills that the member has become competent in performing).

Resources:

CAPM Credentialing - Frequently Asked Questions
CAPM Credentialing Brochure
CAPM Credentialing Flyer
   
Canadian Academy of Pain Management
www.aapainmanage.org
www.canadianpainsociety.ca
www.iasp-pain.org

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