Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing Heather M. Young leads a discussion group during the Pain Management Expert Summit in August 2012.

The goal of the Interprofessional Pain Management Competency Program at UC Davis Health System is to create core competencies for learners that will ultimately change how health-care professionals respond to and manage pain care. Under the joint leadership of Scott M. Fishman, professor of anesthesiology and chief of the division of pain medicine, and Heather M. Young, associate vice chancellor of nursing at UC Davis and dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, the project began in fall 2011 with an examination of existing competencies and the state of pain content in curricula across multiple disciplines. After collaborating with 29 interprofessional leaders in August 2012, consensus-derived competencies were developed. Future project phases will begin in the summer of 2013 and include development of curricular modules and learning activities for dissemination with follow-up assessment of impact.

Supported through a grant from the Mayday Fund, this program has strengthened the interprofessional bond between the UC Davis School of Medicine and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing around pain control, interprofessional education and collaboration. The program lays the foundation for future efforts to expand pain management education for both students and clinical teams.