IMED662K.01 (Reno)
Pain Medicine

Office of Medical Education

  • Course Name: Pain Medicine
  • Short Name: IMED662K.01 Pain Medicine
  • Course Number: IMED662K.01
  • Location: Reno
  • Department Contact: Mary McManus
  • Type: Clinical
  • Length: 2 - 4 weeks
  • Preceptor: Dr. Keating

Please contact the department to verify elective availability.


  • Goals for students include: to learn the essential elements of a detailed or focused pain examination; to understand the process of medical decision making for pain based on diagnosis, treatment options, and risk/benefit ratio; to know the indications and risks of common interventional pain procedures; to become familiar with commonly used pain medications for treatment of nociceptive and neuropathic pain; and, to realize that the management of pain involves many areas of interest and different medical disciplines.
  • 1) Interview and examine patients with non-malignant, cancer and palliative care related pain; and demonstrate appropriate use of diagnostic studies to further define patients’ pain conditions.
  • 2) Demonstrate an understanding of the nuances of prescribing medication for those patients suffering from both acute and chronic pain.
  • 3) Identify best practices for recommending treatment options used for pain management.
  • 4) Compare and contrast pain treatment options based on patient needs (ie: medications, therapy, complimentary treatments, etc.).
  • 5) Evaluate and demonstrate an understanding of psychosocial issues involved with pain management.

Description of Rotation

This clinical rotation provides students with a broad generalized experience in many different medical diagnoses and treatment regimens, familiarization with lab test analysis, prioritizing workload, and working with patients with chronic and acute pain. A critical component of the "Pain Management transformation education initiative" of the National Pain Strategy addressing the opioid crisis, we are training the next generation of healthcare providers on current, best-practices pain management standards.

This elective rotation provides students with the experience of evaluating, treating and managing pain. There are many treatment options available, from medications, injections, and therapy to complementary treatments such as acupuncture and chiropractics. Under the direct supervision and mentorship of attending physicians, students will assess, diagnose, and manage treatment for patients.


Selected readings will be provided at the start of rotation in either electronic or paper format.

Evaluation Method

Elective Activities/Requirements:

1. Students will observe the attending take a focused history and physical.
2. After each new patient interaction the student will be required to list the pain issues that were present during the interview.
3. The student will read about the different pain management medications, therapies and techniques available to patients.

The student will give a presentation about best practices in pain management based on a patient case, once every two weeks.
Based on student participation, appropriate completion of course requirements, evaluation from attendings.


  • Honors: An exceptional performance which exceeds all course objectives
  • High Pass: A performance which exceeds most course objectives
  • Pass: A performance which meets the course objectives
  • Fail: A performance which does not meet the course objectives

Grading Criteria

Pass/ Fail