The purpose of the European Diploma of Pain Medicine (EDPM) is to harmonize and improve quality standards for safe, independent practice of pain medicine in Europe and elsewhere.
The Diploma Program assesses the competencies of anaesthesiologist, acting within a multidisciplinary team, and practicing as a pain medicine specialist.
The Diploma Program is intended to be complementary to national standards and enhance the competent, ethical, and professional care of pain medicine.
The first EDPM examination was organised in September 2017 during the 36th Annual ESRA Congress, in Lugano, Switzerland.
EDPM Part I MCQ exam:
60 MCQ questions
EDPM Part II viva exam:
* The EDPM Board reserves the right to close the applications if the maximum capacity is reached before the closing date.
The EDPM applicants must fulfil the following requirements:
1 The applicant has been in an official anaesthesiology training program before applying for the examination
2 The applicant must provide evidence of training in pain medicine for at least 6 months
3 The applicant is an ESRA member, with valid membership
4 The applicant must have good command of English (as demonstrated at the examination)
Once accepted, the applicant will have to purchase a registration to the ESRA annual congress in order to finalize his/her application and pay for the examination (congress registration is not mandatory for re-takers). In case a candidate is unable to attend the congress when taking the Part I, he can also attend it the same year as he will take the Part II. It is however highly recommended to attend the congress when writing the first part of the examination. One ESRA annual congress registration is mandatory to be eligible for the part 2 examination.
Applicants who are already practicing as specialists or consultants at their institution need to produce a letter from the chair of the department or employer specifying that they are engaged in sessions of chronic pain management.
Part 1 Examination will be compulsory for all candidates.
EDPM part I must be taken before EDPM part II. The number of attempts by candidate will be limited to three times (which is also considered the maximum).
The examination fee for part I is €300 (€300/sitting) and part II is €700 (€700/sitting) and must be paid in advance upon confirmation of application. Please note that cheques are not accepted.
Click here to access the full syllabus with the list of topics for candidates to prepare for the examination. This document is the summary of clinical conditions that the candidate should have, the knowledge and skills to diagnose and manage chronic pain patient in pain medicine practice.
Click here to access the regulations. This document provides information regarding training, curricula and exam regulations for the European Diploma in Pain Medicine Management (EDPM) of the European Society of Regional Anesthesia & Pain Therapy.
Click here to access the ESRA Academy with your ESRA membership credentials and find webcasted presentations from our experts to help you be ready for your exam.
Sam Eldabe, UK
Click here to access the terms of reference.
The list of ESRA-EDPM diplomates is available here.