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Anatomy of the ascending pain pathway course for Medical Doctors

Speciality Classification
Medical Doctors
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e-Learning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
Faculty of Pain Medicine RCA, British Pain Society

An overview of pain and the nociceptive system, including a description of nociceptive pathways from transduction to perception of pain.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Identify the major features of the peripheral nociceptor
  • Classify primary afferents involved in pain transmission
  • Describe the anatomy of the dorsal horn, including interconnections
  • List the major spinal cord pathways involved in transmission of the pain signal from dorsal horn to brain
  • Identify the major areas of the brain involved in perception of pain

This session looks at the anatomy of the nociceptive pathway from transduction in the periphery, through transmission to the dorsal horn of the spinal cord, then on to the brain.

Instructors / Speakers
Lars Williams,
MB, ChB, FRCA, FFPMRCA, PgDip Pain Management (UWCM) Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Management, Glasgow

Dr Williams studied medicine at Aberdeen University, qualifying MB, ChB in 1991. He took up his post in Glasgow in 2004.

He chairs the West of Scotland Pain Group and is responsible for coordinating ST3 and 4 training in pain management for the West of Scotland School of Anaesthesia. He has a major clinical interest in pain management, including clinical input to the Glasgow pain management programme. Research interests include trainee assessment and clinical informatics in pain management.

Anatomy of the ascending pain pathway course for Medical Doctors
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Chronic Conditions and Disease Management, Pain management, Pain Management and Palliative Care
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