Supervised clinical experience pathway

This pathway is open to FPM fellows and trainees in the practice development stage who elect to expand their practice by gaining workplace-based experience in planning, performing and managing pain procedures while working under the supervision of an FPM accredited procedural supervisor.

The curriculum guides learning, teaching and assessment of endorsees, and articulates the knowledge, skills, judgement and conduct that faculty-endorsed fellows are expected to demonstrate in their procedural practice. The program’s handbook and by-law 20 outline the requirements of fellows and trainees undertaking the program.

Joining the program

Applicants should secure a position in a pain unit that provides pain procedures, with agreed access to an FPM-accredited procedural supervisor. The position should share responsibility for patient assessment, selection and preparation, performing procedures, and post-procedure follow up. 

When approaching a potential procedural supervisor, applicants are asked to outline their previous procedures experience in the intake assessment form which is submitted to the procedural supervisor in addition to references and a curriculum vitae. 

Once a position has been secured the applicant should submit an application form to the faculty and pay the non-refundable registration fee prior to commencing the role.
Application forms will be available shortly.

Participating in the program

Clinical experience under the supervision of an FPM accredited procedural supervisor will be accrued towards the pain medicine procedures listed in the program’s curriculum.

We use the following workplace-based progressive feedback (WBPF) tools to promote formative assessment of endorsees through direct observation and provision of timely and constructive feedback:

  • Zwisch App is used by endorsees and supervisors to log cases and provide quick feedback on performed procedures.
  • Direct Observation of Procedural Skills (DOPS) assessment is used to progress the endorsee to the next level of supervision (using the Zwisch scale). The procedural supervisor uses the form to assess the endorsee’s performance during a nominated case, provide feedback, and determine whether the endorsee has achieved the current level of competency and is ready to progress to the next competency level. The DOPS form and appendices will be available shortly.
  • Sign-off form is used by the procedural supervisor when they are satisfied that the endorsee can competently and independently perform a particular procedure within the context of the sociopsychobiomedical framework, and that they are suitable for faculty endorsement in the nominated procedure. 

The endorsee has to have successfully completed at least one DOPS assessment at Zwisch 4 (‘supervision only’) level before approaching the procedural supervisor regarding sign off, however the decision of the supervisor to declare an endorsee as competent is not based solely on DOPS.

See the program handbook for further details.

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Last updated 15:26 27.07.2020