What is PREP?

February 14, 2009

PREP stands for Pain Research, Education and Policy. We are a unique Master’s degree program drawing students from diverse fields with a common interest in creating new models for addressing and treating pain in our society. Our curriculum is based on the premise that the experience of pain and its control are influenced by factors ranging from molecules to social, cultural, and economic forces. The co-founders of this program were an anesthesiologist/internist and a sociologist, a diversity that reflects the interdisciplinary collaborative perspective of our curriculum. Our students acquire the requisite tools to understand and engage in pain research, education, and advocacy positions. We hope you will visit this blog often to see the exciting and innovative work the PREP program’s students, alumni and faculty are doing in the workd of pain research, education and policy. Visit our program website for more information.

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  • 1.    MERIDITH LAWRENCE  |  April 26th, 2009 at 8:12 AM

    Great to see this blog! I wanted to let the PREP community know about an exciting development in the pain education world.
    The American Society of Pain Educators(www.paineducators.org)
    has recently given the first ever exam for certification to become a pain educator. This is similar to certified diabetes educators (CDE)
    and once you meet the criteria and pass the exam you will be able to use the initials CPE after your name.Sixty people took the first exam and most passed.
    ASPE also holds a conference every year in Las Vegas called PAINWEEK
    in the week right after Labor Day. I have been to the conference twice and it is excellent!
    If anyone is intwerested in anything I have mentioned and you have questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.
    I graduated from the PREP program in 2004 and currently work for the Cambridge Health Alliance as a senior staff pharmacist
    in Cambridge,MA.I am able to use my education from the PREP progam every day and that is very gratifying!

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