COVID-19 - potential impacts to pain medicine training

We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a considerable impact on training activities. 

The guidance provided in the table below will be reviewed and updated as the situation requires. 



If training units close or decrease their workload then:          
  • Trainees impacted by redeployment caused by COVID-19 will need to inform the faculty as soon as possible so their individual circumstances will be reviewed on a case by case basis by the faculty assesor. To apply for this, trainees will need to email a letter in PDF format addressed to the faculty assessor outlining their individual circumstances.

  • Local long cases can go ahead if the unit feels it is appropriate and local COVID-19 guidance is followed.

  • The external long case assessment can run regionally provided that the units comply with the COVID-19 guidelines.
  • ​Trainees who have less than 3 months training remaining and have completed the Fellowship Examination and have submitted their clinical case study may apply to undertake an external long case within their unit if there are no external long cases planned that they can attend. This temporary arrangement will require the support of the unit and applications will be assessed on an individual basis. Once coordinated external long cases resume, this temporary arrangement will cease.
Workplace-based progressive feedback (WBPF):
  • WBPFs should be performed relative to the volume of practice that the trainee is performing. The faculty understands that there might need to be greater flexibility than usual and that this is an evolving area. WBPFs can be done via telehealth. If you are having difficulty meeting this standard, please contact the faculty.

Accreditation of units:
  • Accreditation visits are currently taking place as either on-site or remote reviews via videoconference. 

  • If units knowingly deviate from faculty standards, particularly around full-time equivalent, they should inform the faculty.

For advice around your particular situation, please contact us

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Last updated 10:23 1.08.2022