PREP Alumni and Faculty Happenings

Among MS-PREP alumni/ae, Hallie Greenberg is redesigning templates for patient-controlled IV and epidural analgesia at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital to enhance quality and safety of pain relief.  Gretchen Kindstedt is working with the Massachusetts Pain Initiative in its legislative outreach, and is on track to earn a second Master’s degree from our department – an MPH — in 2014. Ian Koebner is employed at the Pain Treatment Center at University of California at Davis, dividing his time between clinical acupuncture and interprofessional pain education.  Jessica Peck is growing her acupuncture practice in Maine.  Along with her MS-PREP Capstone preceptor, Jessica will teach at the 7th Annual Palliative Care Conference at Maine Medical Center in Portland in June.  Heather Thomson, working in Health Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomics at Endo, recently conducted a claims analysis with collaborators in New Mexico on the prevalence of chronic pain in patients with pulmonary disease, and will report the findings in 3 abstracts and 2 papers.

Among Certificate alumni/ae, Elizabeth Carpino is now Program Coordinator for ChildKind International.  Based at Boston Children’s Hospital and led by Neil Schechter (whose PREP lecture on ChildKind is viewable at our website), this program improves pediatric pain management worldwide by certifying healthcare institutions according to process and quality measures.  Kathleen Norris is pursuing further studies to be credentialed as both an Adult and a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, with the goal of positively impacting long-term care pain management practices and policies.

Among PREP faculty, Academic Director Libby Bradshaw has now overseen conversion of 4 PREP courses to a blended onsite/online format. Kudos to Libby, the Course Directors (Richard Glickman-Simon, Ewan McNicol, Pam Ressler and Steve Scrivani), their excellent TAs (Ali Carter, Kelly Murphy and Phuong Nguyen) and the students embarking on this new approach.  Dan Carr recently testified on behalf of the American Society of Anesthesiologists at an FDA workshop on possible relabeling of opioid package inserts, and was elected VP for Scientific Affairs of the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Srdjan Nedeljkoviccontinues work on the BOLD (Back Pain Longitudinal Data) study evaluating outcomes of management of elderly patients with back pain. As Director of the Brigham and Women’s Pain Medicine fellowship, Serge will accept the Fellowship Excellence Award from the American Academy of Pain Medicine at its annual meeting in April. Pam Ressler attended the Narrative Medicine Workshop at Columbia University, led by Rita Charon, a national figure and pioneer in this area. Pam looks forward to using tools of narrative medicine to engage her students next summer in PREP232 (Ethical and Sociocultural Aspects of Pain).

Add comment February 14th, 2013

Massachuetts Pain Initiative Survey Finds Chronic Pain Affects 1 in 4 Adults in Massachusetts

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by Pamela Katz Ressler, RN, BSN, HN-BC, MS-PREP student, PREP-AIRED blog moderator
Thanks to Cyndie Rodman, MS-PREP ’09, for sending along the press release from the recent Massachusetts Pain Initiative Survey. Cyndie writes that “the survey not only quantified the incidence of chronic pain among the Massachusetts general population, but also the differences and disparities experienced by minorities versus non-minorities. This is the first Massachusetts study we are aware of to look at how pain is experienced by minorities compared to non-minorities.” Tufts University School of Medicine’s Pain Research, Education and Policy (PREP) faculty member, Carol Curtiss, RN, MSN, as well as PREP guest lecturer, Paul Arnstein, PhD, APRN-BC, played instrumental roles in the survey. Click here to read the Massachusetts Pain Initiative’s press release about the survey. For more information about the Massachusetts Pain Initative, click here.

2 comments May 10th, 2010

Massachusetts Pain Initiative 2009 Spring Symposium

by Gretchen Kindstedt, MS-PREP student
The MassPI Spring 2009 General Meeting, “Current Trends in Pain Management,” will be held on April 3, 2009 at the Best Western Royal Plaza, Marlborough, MA. There will be 6 CEU available for nurses, 0.65 CEU for pharmacists, and category 2 CMEs for physicians. The registration fee of $75.00 also includes a continental breakfast and lunch. The speakers will cover different aspects of pain management with Dr. Daniel Carr (founder of the Tufts University Pain Research, Education and Policy Program) as the keynote speaker. The Pain Research Education and Policy Program at Tufts (PREP) will also have an information table at the event.
For more information please visit the MassPI website or contact us by phone (508) 270-4653 or email
To download a program brochure, click here
MASSPI MISSION STATEMENT
The Massachusetts Pain Initiative (MassPI) is a statewide, nonprofit, volunteer organization dedicated to ending needless suffering from persistent and acute pain and to improving the quality of life for all people affected by pain.
MassPI is a group of healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, social workers, caregivers, and community members who are interested in helping people with pain.
MassPI works to…
•Share accurate pain management information.
•Educate doctors, nurses and other health care providers about state of the art pain management.
•Raise community awareness about pain.
•Influence government representatives to change laws to improve access to effective pain management.
MassPI is a member of the Alliance of State Pain Initiatives.

2 comments March 15th, 2009


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