11th Annual Pediatric Pain Master Class

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Presented by Children’s Institute for Pain and Palliative Care, Department of Pain Medicine, Palliative Care & Integrative Medicine, Children’s Hospitals and Clinic of Minnesota; June 9-15, 2018 in Minneapolis, MN

Registration available soon:

Contact if any questions

The Pediatric Pain Master Class offers state of the art education in pain management for the pediatric patient from a holistic and interdisciplinary perspective. The program will cover pharmacological, medical,psychosocial and integrative therapies in the management of children’s acute, procedural, and complex/chronic pain. Pain assessment and management of somatic, visceral, neuropathic, psychosocial andspiritual pain as well as end-of-life management of pain and distressing symptoms will be explored in depth.

The master class is primarily designed for physicians and advanced practice nurses to develop their expertise in the field of pain management in a highly interactive seminar format. Other disciplines are of course welcome.

Two competitive scholarships will be awarded to physicians from low to moderate income countries working in the field of pediatric pain and/or palliative care. The two-week scholarship consists of a one-weekpracticum with the pain, palliative and integrative medicine team at Children’s and registration for the 9th annual Pediatric Pain Master Class. Application guidelines can be found on the registration site.

Course director: Stefan J. Friedrichsdorf, MD, FAAP, medical director, department of pain medicine, palliative care and integrative medicine, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

Course co-director: Kavita M. Desai, PhD, LP, psychologist, department of pain medicine, palliative care and integrative medicine, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

For more information about our program: 

The 2018 Faculty includes:

KJS “Sunny” Anand, MBBS, Phil – Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA

Charles Berde, MD, PhD – Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Christine Chambers, PhD, Psych – Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Julie Hauer, MD – Pediatric Neuro-Palliative Care Consultant, Newton, Massachusetts, USA

Leora Kuttner, PhD – British Columbia Children’s Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Melanie Noel, PhD – Alberta Children’s Hospital, Calgary, AB, Canada

Michael Sangster, MBA, BSc (PT) – Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Terri Voepel-Lewis, PhD, RN – University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Gary A. Walco, PhD – Seattle Children’s Hospital, Seattle, WA, USA



10th Annual Pediatric Pain Master Class: June 11-17, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN (USA): Download here the complete brochure and agenda: 2017 Pain Master Class 2017 brochure

(2018 Pain Master Class Brochure will be posted in Feb 2018)


SCHOLARSHIP for 11th Pediatric Pain Master Class plus 1-week Practicum

June 4-15, 2018 for physicians from low-moderate income countries: Guidelines available at: 

(Click to download): Application Guidelines for PPMC Scholarship 2018

Past Scholars include:

2017: ·  Tanny Taniga Kiatchai, MD, Department of Anesthesiology, Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand

2017:  Jean Jacob, MD, MNJ Institute of Oncology & Regional Cancer Center, Hyderabad, India

2016: Mauricio Cervantes, MD, Hospital Infantil Teleton de Oncologia, Querétaro; Mexico

2016: Andrey Penkov, MD, Kharkov Regional Baby Home #1, Kharkov; Ukraine

2015: Rakesh Sharma, MD, from Shimla, Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla; India

2015: Issrang Nuchprayoon, MD, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok; Thailand

2014: Wendy Cristhyna Gómez García, MD, Dr. Robert Reid Cabral Children’s Hospital, Dominican Republic 

2014: Cornelius Kondwani Huwa, MD. Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Palliative Care Support Trust, Malawi

2013: Mercedes BernadaMD. Professional Faculty, Department of Pediatrics, Central Hospital Pereira Rossell, Uruguay

2013: Catherine Segbefia, MD. Clinical Tutor, Department of Child Health, University of Ghana School of Medicine, Ghana

2012: Juan Carlos Irola Moya, MD. Pediatric Palliative Care Physician, National Children’s Hospital, Costa Rica

2012: Julius X. Scott, MD, Associate Professor, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Sri Ramachandra Medical University, India

2012: Damte Shimelis, MD, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, Addis Ababa University, School of Medicine, Ethiopia

2011: María Carolina Kamel, MD, Medical Supervisor Pediatrics & Assoc. Clinical Officer, Miguel Pérez Carreño Hospital, Venezuela

2011: Anna Sonkin, MD, Attending Pediatric Physician, Moscow Scientific-Practical Center for Pediatric Cranio-Facial Surgery/Neuropathology, Russia

2010: Linge Gowda, MD, Professor and Head, Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Bangalore, India

2010: Jinxiang Li, MD, Department of Palliative Medicine, The West China Fourth Hospital of Sichuan University, China

2009: Michelle Meiring, MD, Pediatric Physician, Bigshoes Paediatric Palliative Care Services, Capetown, South Africa

2009: Thao Tran, MD, Pediatric Physician, Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine Children’s Hospital, Vietnam


Previous Annual Pediatric Pain Master Class – Selected Participant Comments

  • Stefan and his team’s PMC is probably the most intensive educational course I’ve ever done – it is a stunningly thorough coverage of the field of pediatric pain medicine, both broad & deep. The use of interactive feedback, and instant access to a plethora of resources electronically, and experiential aspects (as well as the excellent food, and the two social & one clinical visit provided a welcome balance to the early starts and long days. It truly is an amazing course. Thank you! Paul Vroegop, MD, Auckland, New Zealand
  • This course has invigorated me to become a leader of institutional change at my hospital – it’s time to make children’s comfort a given. Whether using nitrous oxide, topical anesthetics, distraction or advocating for 3 P approach in chronic pain and regional anesthesia at the end of life, comfort possibilities are endless if we just make them a priority. Katherine O’Connor, MD, Bronx, NY
  • Amazing & practical course, packed with entertaining speakers and real-world advice. Really game-changing. Molly Williams, FRACP, Melbourne VIC, Australia
  • This class has opened my eyes to pediatric pain and has made me realize that pain does not have to be a frustrating process and can change. This course should be a must for every pediatric provider to be able to continue to shift thinking in pediatric pain management. The concept of no needless pain/comfort promise is a concept that should absolutely be implemented in every children’s hospital and doctors office in the country (and world!). It has been empowering to want to make a change. J.D. USA
  • Wow, what an amazing course, truly integrated approach. I have learnt so much and it has been a brilliant experience. This seven day course had been a unique experience, the blend of lecturers really works well. You have a fantastic clinic and a really amazing team of people you work with. I will be recommending this amazing course to my colleagues back in the UK. Thank You. Julie Bayliss, Rn, RSCN, BSC Med, London, UK
  • The Pain Master Class was an amazing opportunity to not only (greatly) increase my knowledge on pediatric pain management, but also change my attitude on chronic and procedural pain. The many skills I learned at this course will directly translate to improved patient care. Melissa Acquazzino, MD, Milwaukee, WI
  • As an Emergency Physician I am an expert at managing acute pain, but have had challenging experiences with chronic pain and palliative care patients. Following this course I will bring increased enthusiasm and confidence to my interactions with these patients as I start to use some of my skills and knowledge I have gained. And I will go forward and strive to increase my advocacy for optimal pain management for all infants, children and young people. Jocelyn Neutze, MD, Auckland, New Zealand
  • The pain master class should be required education for every provider who sees a substantial number of pediatric patients with acute and chronic pain, and every provider who want to take a greater leadership role in pediatric pain/palliative care at their institution.
  • A comprehensive and wide ranging course on pediatric pain & palliative care. The speakers are world renowned in their field & are able to distil the clinically relevant aspects of their field. Highly recommended.
  • This was one of the most effective and enjoyable learning activites I have participated in. The approach was multi-modal, multi-faceted & modeled was taught (attitude, skill, knowledge). The time & money spent was the best use of those resources thus far in my career. Anyone who cares for children will benefit from the knowledge, resources, collegiality, networking & inspiration that this course provides. Christine Zawistowski, MD, New York, NY
  • I appreciate the chance to attend this wonderful conference. […] I noticed Japanese are indifferent to pediatric pain. I’m trying to eliminate the needless pain from now on. Yuko Cho, MD, PhD, Sapporo, Japan
  • This class has transformed the way I view pain in pediatrics. It has given me so many tips and methods to help any pediatric patient cope with the variety of things that happen in a hospital and I am really looking forward to making a positive change at my hospital.
  • Thank you for such a fantastic learning opportunity. This dynamic course has provided practical training and methods that I will be able to use immediately to improve the care that I give to children. Wonderful teachers and speakers. So refreshing to be with company of like-minded colleagues and innovative leaders in the field. M.B., Chicago, IL
  • Dear Stefan, Thank you and your team so much for this amazing course. You really found, addressed and taught the sweet spot of holistic, child-centered pain management. Besides this, I appreciated that you provided teaching methodology and skills as well as the implementation lectures. It was an exciting experience meeting you and your team and all the other excellent speakers and the colleagues from all over the world. It will be skill-changing for sure. Thank You. Kathrin Knochel, MD, Munic, Germany
  • Starting a career in palliative care- this course provided the knowledge base confidence to get started. Karen-Rose Wilson, MD, Calgary, Aleberta, Canada
  • This has been a fantastic course. It has provided both inspiration to strive for better pain management program for children and a solid foundation via confident, evidence-based manner. Any reservations about developing comprehensive pain program for pediatrics at my institution have been entirely removed through my participation in this course. Bradd Henker, MD, Coon Rapids, MI
  • This week was a feast for the mind, body and spirit – a very comprehensive overview of the field of Pain Management in children. Kaylani Raghavan, MD, MBBC, DCH, Hartford, CT
  • The Pain Master Class is a one of a kind course that raises the bar on pain management. The course focuses on pediatric pain management, palliative care and integrative medicine with international leaders in the field lending their expertise to this endeavor. As someone with extensive training in pain management already – I still felt that this course was extremely valuable to my practice. Alexander J. Madonis, MD, Los Angeles, CA
  • In the 16 years that I practiced pediatric oncology, and the 7 years of pediatric palliative medicine & hospice, I have never attended a conference that so fundamentally changed the way I think about how to care for / treat children that even remotely compares to this one. Bob Bash, MD, Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL
  • It was an extremely useful course. I will go back to my hospital with a more profound knowledge of all aspects of pediatric pain. Thank you! Join Verlooy, MD, Antwerp, Belgium
  • A well organized course with high content value. The presentation were par excellance and kept everyone glued. Created an opportunity to learn extensively in the field of pain management and the recent advances in the field. Rakesh Sharma, MD, India

7th Annual Pediatric Pain Master Class – Selected Participant Comments

  • This was an amazing class. I learned so much that is directly applicable to my own practice, both to the whole program and individual patients. I am inspired and rejuvenated to return to work. Mary Beth Chrismaeich, MD, St. Louis, MO
  • Stefan is a wonderful and innovative teacher, but even beyond that he really does bring the best people on the planet to teach the various domains in the course. Caitlin Neri, MD, MPH, Boston, MA
  • I loved all the resources provided. The fabulous networking activities were a great touch to make it even more special. Thank you! I will recommend this conference to my colleagues. Life changing! Anonymously
  • The lectures and experimental activities are based on equal parts compassion and evidence best practice… Sarah Fehr, RN, MSN
  • The lessons are largely practical and applicable even in my setting in Malawi. This will change the way pain is managed and viewed in children in Malawi. Cornelius Huwa, MD, Blantyre, Malawi (Africa)
  • I have gained knowledge and skills that I will start using Monday morning…My patients and their families are no doubt better off as a result of me taking this master class. Dr. N.P., Mesa, AZ
  • It is not often in our professional career that we have the fortune to experience a comprehensive course by worldwide experts in one location. Rebekah Holpira
  • Thanks for helping instill confidence in my management and my ability to affect change in pain management within my own institution. Mona Reed, MD
  • The days are long, but the learning is immense and relevant, fun and immediately usable. After a long day, you leave the course feeling energized and ready to begin again in the morning. Anonymously
  • Our days were filled with superb speakers who were all masters of their craft, simple to complex material was effectively communicated with innovative learning strategies and resources were provided to prepare us to be change agent for our return home. Debra Davis, APRN
  • Phenomenal, comprehensive, evidence-based, well-organized course … everything needed to start a pain program or to enhance / grow an existing program. S.D., NY, USA
  • I feel significantly more competent to care for my patients…This course has the highest proportion of truly excellent presenters of any course/meeting I have attended. Robert J. Brown, MD, Los Angeles, CA





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