Why HEPMP project?

  • Serbia —life expectancy (72.3 years) –with high levels of heart disease, stroke, and cancer.
  • Cancer is the second most frequent cause of death in Serbia
  • low awareness of PM care amongst the lay public and health care professionals
  • The TEMPUS Palliative and Pain Medicine project 2007- 2009 as part of an initiative of the Universities of Florence and Lyon in cooperation with the School of Medicine at the UB -postgraduate education of palliative medicine.
  • Recognized through a National Palliative Care Strategy (2008) and National Programme Serbia Against Cancer
  • The program of postgraduate subspecialty of PM was accredited in 2013 at UB. So far,  60 postgraduate students were enrolled in it.
  • Number of doctors trained for PM is unnsufficient.

HEPMP aims

  • Strengthening Capacities for Higher Education of Pain Medicine in Western Balkan Countries
  • This project aims are supporting the development of Pain medicine service provision in the country by providing qualified trained staff.
  • Support will be granted to operationalise the recently established an educational program in the form of pain medicine specialization and the possibility of the development of undergraduate education programs.
  • Establish an academic network and improve professional cooperation through opportunities provided by new technologies (Internet, telemedicine, etc.)

Tasks of the project

Tasks of the Universities of Program countries

  • assist in the analysis of the current situation in this area in PCs
  • defining the possible changes that would improve or introducing curriculum of PM
  • training of trainers from PCs
  • organizations of internship of students from Universisties from PCs in the centers for pain in PgCs.

Tasks of Universities of Partner countries

  • to modernize the existing curriculum PM specialty
  • to develop a module lectures for undergraduate studies of PM
  • to develop a web platform for mutual learning and communication professionals who deal with PM
  • to organize courses of PM for doctors in primary health care
  • develop written material for LLL (books, brochures, scripts, leaflets, digital material)
  • establish an academic network