Designing Actionable Solutions and Curriculum for Pain Disparities Education

Pain Med. 2022 Feb 1;23(2):288-294. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnab289.


The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) require medical schools to teach their students how to recognize and work toward eliminating health disparities. However, time constraints and a dearth of guidance for educators in teaching pain disparities curricula pose significant challenges. Herein we describe successes and lessons learned after designing, implementing, and evaluating an innovative pain disparities curriculum that was embedded in a longitudinal health equity curriculum for third year medical school students at an academic institution. Although the curriculum was developed for medical school students, the concepts may be broadly applicable to other training settings such as residency and fellowship programs.

Keywords: Disparities – Ethnic; Disparities – Racial; Pain Curriculum; Pain Education; Pain Educators.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Curriculum
  • Education, Medical*
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency*
  • Pain
  • Schools, Medical