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Wasser Pain Preceptorship

Each Fall the Office of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) at Queen’s University is pleased to offer an exciting opportunity to spend time with various experts at the Wasser Pain Management Centre, spearheaded by Dr. Allan Gordon.

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The Wasser Pain Management Centre, a nationally recognized pain clinic, collaborates with Queen’s University to offer a unique, risk management program including practical considerations related to the assessment and management in the pain and chemically dependent patient at the outset of assessment vs. after aberrant behaviours have developed.

  • The positions will be filled on a first come, first serve basis and will be a small group format of up to five registrants (family health teams with different disciplines, i.e. nurse, family physician, pharmacist, etc. or family physicians from different areas), all from the Southeastern Ontario Region.
  • Participants will be responsible for any arrangements and out-of-pocket expenses e.g. accommodations, travel and food.
  • There is a $100 administrative fee.
  • The Preceptorship Program is accredited for Mainpro-M1 CFPC credits.
  • This program is sponsored by Purdue Pharma through arrangements with the Wasser Pain Management Centre.  Additionally the CPD Office will cover some of the instructors’ fees.
  • We will require a short CV in advance of the program, along with a signed observer privilege form.  


After completing this intensive training program, participants will leave with enhanced skills in the management of patients with pain, who have or are at risk to develop challenging/aberrant behaviours suggestive of substance abuse/addiction.



Those who attend this two-day educational session will leave having:

  1. Participated in a session with experts in pain and addiction at the Wasser Pain Management Centre including Dr. A. Gordon and other clinical staff.
  2. Exposed to clinical situations on assessing and managing patients with pain, patients with pain and addiction risk, and identifying those who are suffering from pain and addiction and are likely to require management by a tertiary centre.
  3. Internalized new ways to assess and treat patients with pain in their practices, then in their educational efforts, as they transfer new skills to physicians in their home areas.

Physicians who will benefit most from attending:

  • Those spending some time treating patients with chronic, moderate to severe pain
  • Those who in treating this challenging population of patients with pain and addiction risk, are looking for tools and education to assess and manage these patients

Pre-work will include:

  • Completing a needs assessment indicating two goals you wish to achieve
  • Submitting two cases from your practice to present at the start of the program and discuss at a conclusion, indicating changes you will implement, based on your learning

Post-work will include

  • Completing a post conference reflective exercise (at 2 and 6 months) on changes that have been instituted for each of the two cases presented at the preceptorship
  • Completing a post evaluation on the benefit of attending the preceptorship has had on your practice
  • Via the Wasser website, share questions and success with other attendees


This program is on a first come, first serve basis.

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