WP1 (Comparative analysis of education offer in Pain Medicine)
The preparation WP refers to a comparative analysis of study programs and LLL courses of pain medicine in the PCs and PgCs in order to determine the existing diferences in methodolocial approach and in content of study program. In this sense, this analysis is important for Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina universisties aimed to introduce a new study program regarding pain medicine. It is necessary to investigate the offer of existing course or events regarding pain medicine in Western Balkan countries. Moreover, analysis of the labour market needs of HCWs relevant for pain medicine because it is necessary to investigate whether health care system in PCs have needs for doctors educated for pain medicine. Also, in this package it is planned to purchased and installed equipment for delivering of courses and the creation of REGION PAIN WB platform.
1.1. Analysis of Pain medicine study program and LLL courses in PCs
1.2. Analysis of Pain medicine study program and LLL courses in PgCs
1.3. Comparative analysis of education offer of pain medicine in the PCs and PgCs
1.4. Analysis of labour market needs relevant for HCW in PCs
1.5. Purchase and installation of equipment
WP2 (Development of joint curricula for PM study program)
The first step of HEPMP development (WP2) is training of existing teaching staff in PgCs countries aimed to introducing academic staff from partner countries with european standards of education trough updated and modenized study program of pain medicine. The second work package would include the development of learning material for study program of PM which involve preparation of lectures, creation of pain medicine study program content and preparation of textbook of Pain medicine for students and HCWs. Subsequently in this WP is preparation and submission for accrediation of study program of PM in PCs. After national call and selection of students, it will be perform implementation of new study program.
2.1. Training of existing teaching stafffrom PCs at PgCs
Three project meetings have been organised to date:
- The first training of teaching staff was held between 12 March and 16 March 2018 at the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Medicine.
Download project meeting Ljubljana documents
- The second training of teaching staff was held from 26 May until 29 May 2018 at the University of Rijeka, Faculty of Medicine.
- The training of teaching staff of PCs was held in Florence from 13 September until 17 September 2018 at the University of Florence at the Department of Health Sciences.
Project meeting Florence – documents for the board meeting
Project meeting Florence Agenda
2.2. Development of HEPMP content and teaching material
Pain therapy for students of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade
2.3. Preparation and submission for accreditation of study program
2.4. Enrolment of students at study program
5th year students enrolled at the School of Medicine University of Belgrade was the part of pilot implementation of the modernised study programme as a quality measure for upcoming implementation of study programmes at other HEIs.
The University of Kragujevac developed curriculum for the pain medicine course for national accreditation lasting 15th weeks and for 70 students. The curriculum has national accreditation. Other curricula have gone through changes to incorporate the pain medicine topics
2.5. Implementation of study programs
Pain therapy for students of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade
University of Kragujevac
WP3 (Development of LLL courses and interventional pain medicine courses)
The third work package includes the development of LLL courses and highly specialized courses for interventional pain management. The first step of WP3 is development of learning materials for LLL courses for HCWs who work in primary health care centers and who need an basic education regarding pain medicine considering that undergraduate studies does not include modules of PM. Also, a separate part of this activity is developing material for interventional pain management for specialist who already have certain level of PM knowledge and have interest to be trained for interventional therapy of pain. Than all teaching material it would be submitted for accreditation of courses. After accreditation and selection of trainees, next step is delivering of LLL courses and interventional courses in each PCs.
3.1. Development of learning material for HCW in PCs
Materials for courses for health care workers for Primary health care centres in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro have been developed and are available on the project website. Materials four main topics>
1. Acute and chronic pain: physiological basics, assessment and treatment
2. Cancer pain
3. Non-malignant pain
4. Neuropathic pain.
Course materials (in Serbian):
I Seminar Hronični bol: značaj i lečenje, Univerzitet u Beogradu
Evolucija i poimanje bola
Neurofiziologija akutnog i hronicnog bola
Farmakoterapija bola, klasifikacija lekova
NSAIL i Paracetamol kao najcesci analgetici
Farmakologija opioidnih analgetika
Terapija akutnog bola
I Seminar AKUTNI BOL značaj i lečenje, Univerzitet u Kragujevcu
Analgezija tokom porodjaja
Fiziologija i neuroanatomija bola
Jednodimenzionalne i multidimenzionalne skale u proceni bola
Klinička evaluacija i procena bola
Medicina bola u Srbiji
Taksonomija, terminologija bola
I Seminar AKUTNI BOL značaj i lečenje, Univerzitet u Tuzli
Akutni lumbalni bolni sindrom
Kompleksni regionalni bolni sindrom
Hronifikacija akutnog bola
Opioidi u terapiji bola
Centralni nervni blokovi u terapiji akutnog postoperativnog bola
I Seminar AKUTNI BOL, Univerzitet u Banjoj Luci
Opoidi u terapiji bola
Centralni nervni blokoviu terapiji akutnog postoperativnog bola
Hronifikacija akutnog bola
Akutni lumbalni bolni sindrom
3.2. National call and selection of trainees
An open call for trainees were published thus so far for a course organized in Belgrade. Participants were the primary health care doctors and nurses as well as other health care professionals. The calls were published on the project website and on the Health Council website.
The trainers were selected from the trainer pool of experts who underwent the training within WP1.
3.3. Accreditation of LLL courses inPCs
The course for doctors and health workers was accredited by the Regional Medical Chamber decision of the Health Council no. 153-02-
449 / 2019-01, filing number. A-1-700 / 19 for doctors and other health workers.
The Faculty of Medicine the University of Kragujevac have accredited course titled Fundamentals of pathophysiology, evaluation and treatment of acute pain by the Regional Medical Chamber decision of the Health Council no. 153-02- 449 / 2019-01, document number A-1-281 / 19
3.4. Delivering of LLL courses of pain medicine in primary health care centres of PCs
At the Primary Healthcare Centre in Indjija (Serbia) on 23rd of March 2019 the course “Character of chronic pain and treatment” and accredited within the project was organised by the University of Belgrade project team.
Over 150 trained professionals took part in this course.
Course reporting must contain the following material:
First course in Indjija material example:
3.5. Delivering of interventional pain training in PCs
WP4 (establishment of Academic network)
The fourth package includes establishment of regional academic network as a professional body that would deal with the exchange of knowledge regarding PM. An network dealing with PM for now does not exist in the Western Balkans region and the next step is establishment of PAINWB Platform as a main tool of academic network which will unite professionals to collaborate and share the acquired knowledge. Continuous selection of case studies via PAINWB network will led to development of recommendations for systematic standards and procedures in the area of PM that will be incorporated.
4.1. Establishment of regional academic network
4.2. Establishment of PAINWB platform
4.3. Continuous selection of case studies for students and HCW education
4.4. Analysis of systematic standards and procedures in the area of PM
WP5 (Project dissemination )
The WP5 include dissemination of HEPMP content predominantly trough creation and promotion of HEPMP website and different conference. It is necessary to develop material regarding HEPMP for institutional websites, newsletter, promotional material and media. After development, the crucial step in WP5 is dissemination via institutional websites such as Medical Chamber website, website of National Medical Society, than newsletter, promotional material and media. Also one important part of project result dissemination is project publications with results which represent permanent sources of education.
5.1. Preparing project dissemination strategy
5.2. Creation of Web site of HEPMP
The official website of HEPMP project has been created on October 2017.
5.3. Promotion of HEPMP program Events
To date three types of the HEPMP project events have been organised: internal project meetings, external training events, and dissemination events. All events of the HEPMP project have been published on the HEPMP website.
Internal project events can be seen here.
External training events can be seen here.
Dissemination events can be seen here.
5.4. Developing institutional websites, newsletter, promotional material and media
5.5. Dissemination of institutional websites, newsletter, promotionalmaterial and media
All partner HEIs published an information about the project on their institutional websites. The project promotional material has been distributed at all project internal and external events.
Detailed presentation of HEPMP dissemination events is in the section Dissemination.
5.6. Signing cooperation between HEIs and relevant stakeholders
WP6 (Quality control)
The tasks of WP6 are establishment of quality control board, development of control plan for quality assurance in teaching process, regular Quality board meetings, evaluation of student and participant satisfaction and monitoring visits by external evaluators.
6.1. Establishment of quality control board
The quality control board have been elected by the project management board during the kick off meeting. The following members have been elected: Jelena Santric, Administrative Director of the Faculty of Medicine, the University of Belgrade and Doctor of Legal Sciences; Prof. Dr Vesna Plesinac Karapandzic from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade; and Prof. Dr. Dragica Pavlovic Babic from the Faculty of Psychology University of Belgrade. Members have been selected based on their experience and expertise to monitor and evaluate the project activities and to report to the management board.
6.2. Development of control plan for quality assurance in teaching process
The Quality Assurance manual aims at defining quality standards of the HEPMP project (the quality of the project implementation, outputs and management), internal and external quality control measures.
6.3. Regular Quality board meetings
Four quality board meetings have been held. The first meeting was organised at the kick-off meeting, while the other three were organised via Skype. The product of these meetings is developed Quality Assurance Manual.
6.4. Evaluation of student and participant satisfaction
The quality matrix was developed within the Quality Plan. Document templates are available here.
Evaluation of each event is available in the section Events.
6.5. Monitoring visits by external evaluators
Management Board coordinate activities of HEPMP and to ensure that the targets are achieved.
7.1. Establishment of management board
The management board of the HEPMP project was established during the kick-off meeting. It consists of 9 members representing each project partner. The management Board is tasked to coordinate activities of the HEPMP and to ensure that the targets are achieved.
The project management board is chaired by the project coordinator. Decisions are made by all members in democratic manner.
7.2. Creation of project management guide
The project management guide has been created and published on the project website. It describes:
- The project management structure
- Communication channels
- Conflict resolution mechanisms
- Publicity obligations
- Management of the HEPMP activities
- Contractual management of the HEPMP project
- HEPMP project reporting (types and timing)
- Financial guidelines including funding rules and reporting obligations.
7.3. Kick off meeting
The first kick-off meeting of the project Strengthening Capacities for Higher Education of Pain Medicine in Western Balkan Countries (HEPMP) was organised in Belgrade on 8-9 December 2017 at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Belgrade.
The meeting was devoted to (1) presenting the project partners (2) elaborating upcoming project activities (3) the establishment of the management board (4) the establishment of the quality assurance board.
7.4. Regular management board meetings
To date four meetings have been organised:
- First PMB meeting (at the time of Kick-off meeting) 1-2 December 2017 UB
- Second PMB meeting 15-16 March 2018 UL
- Third PMB meeting 28 May 2018 UR
- Fourth PMB meeting September 2018 UF
The board members elaborate the project implementation and made important decisions regarding the project activities.
Meetings were organised on the margins of the project meetings at the University of Rijeka, the University of Ljubljana and the University of Florence.