In 2012 members of IASP’s Developing Countries Working Group of the Neuropathic Pain Special Interest Group, discussed methods for providing education in pain medicine to the medical community, such as pain schools, lecture tours or workshops. Participants acknowledged scarcity of information about the impact of the available methods. We concluded that there was a need to evaluate one teaching method and decided to focus on a pain school that will be taught on the basis of a ‘train-the-trainer’ approach, widely used in programs teaching about HIV or sickle cell disease.
As a first step, suitable teaching materials were sought after. ‘The Pain Management for Low Resource Settings’ online-publication of IASP Press was seen fit, together with EFIC´s Core Curriculum on Pain Medicine. The next step consisted of approaching volunteers and asking them to write or review, presentations and hand-outs addressing a variety of topics related to pain management. These volunteers now form our “International Pain School Faculty”. Other than funds to cover costs of formatting the talks and travel, the work setting up the Train the Trainer workshops relied on voluntary work on behalf of the Faculty. We thank the Faculty for their important contribution. Their names and affiliations are as follows: