Innovative Teaching in the Pain Research, Education and Policy Program

The Pain Research, Education and Policy Program (PREP) is innovative in its mission — “To champion an interprofessional educational program that addresses the multidimensional public health burden of pain by preparing diverse learners to contribute with expertise and compassion to pain research, education and policy”. To achieve this mission, our faculty must also be innovative and agile in continually assessing, implementing and evaluating exciting ways to build dialogue and community among students, faculty, alumni and community experts.

Two of our faculty members, Pamela Ressler and Maureen Strafford, created an innovative model using VoiceThread for their course, Mindfulness and its Application to the Experience of Pain. Read more about their success by clicking here

Add comment September 12th, 2017

PREP Faculty Pamela Ressler Named to Stanford’s Medicine X Program Executive Board

by Libby Bradshaw, DO, MS, Academic Director, Pain Research, Education and Policy Program  and Daniel Carr, MD, Director, Pain Research, Education and Policy Program, Tufts University School of Medicine

We were delighted and extremely proud to learn that PREP graduate and faculty member Pamela Ressler, MS, RN, HNB-BC was just named to the Medicine X Program ExePamela Katz Ressler RN MS HN-BC Distant Head Shotcutive Board as a Senior Leader for this renowned, cutting edge program. Six years ago while a student in the PREP program, Pam began to explore the use of social media by patients with chronic pain and other disabilities, as a mean to overcome their social isolation. Pam started and maintains this same PREP-Aired blog. Pam’s award-winning PREP Capstone project characterized this emerging social trend in detail, and led to subsequent publications in the professional and lay press, and numerous speaking engagements. She has collaborated with other faculty members in Public Health at Tufts, including Libby Bradshaw, Lisa Gualtieri and Ken Chui, in the PREP and Health Communication programs.

As a faculty member in the PREP program, Pam has taken on the role of Course Director for established courses such as those on the social and ethical dimensions of pain, and end-of-life and palliative care issues (another section of the latter course is taught by Lewis Hays). Recently with the assistance of PREP faculty Maureen Strafford, Pam inaugurated a well-received PREP course in mindfulness and pain. Outside of the PREP program, Pam is the founder of Stress Resources in Concord, Massachusetts, a firm specializing in building resiliency for individuals and organizations through tools of connection, communication and compassion.

Pam first began to present at Medicine X in 2014. As described on its website, Medicine X is an initiative “designed to explore the potential of social media and information technology to advance the practice of medicine, improve health, and empower patients to be active participants in their own care. The ‘X’ is meant to evoke a move beyond numbers and trends—it represents the infinite possibilities for current and future information technologies to improve health. Under the direction of Dr. Larry Chu, Associate Professor of Anesthesia, Medicine X is a project of the Stanford AIM Lab.”

Further details on this important appointment may be found at http://medicinex.stanford.edu/2016/01/05/program-board/

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