Medical Education

Courses taught in MS1-4 (AY 2019-2020)

Sean Mackey, MD, PhD

  • NBIO 206: The Nervous System
  • INDE 223: Science of Medicine III

Anuj Aggarwal, MD

  • INDE 203: Practice of Medicine III
  • INDE 205: Practice of Medicine V
  • INDE 206: Practice of Medicine VI
  • INDE 223: Science of Medicine III
  • SURG 300A: Surgery Core Clerkship
  • MSPA: Principles of Clinical Medicine (Stanford Physician Assistant Program)

Relates the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and psychosocial components of pain to the understanding and care of patients with acute, chronic, or cancer pain. Students are involved with faculty on a one-to-one basis while interviewing, examining, and treating patients in the multidisciplinary outpatient Pain Management Clinic from 8am to 5pm. Several times a week there are multidisciplinary conferences at lunch evaluating complex patients and neuromodulation cases along with morning teaching. Students will gain exposure to the multidisciplinary management of pain. In clinic they will have the opportunity to see interventional procedures including diagnostic and therapeutic nerve blocks using ultrasound, psychological strategies for managing pain including biofeedback and cognitive behavioral therapy, physical therapy treatments focused on regaining movement, acupuncture as well as individualized medical care plans for patients with a wide array of pain disorders. Students may also observe epidural, spinal, and peripheral nerve blocks and observe procedures performed with fluoroscopy in the outpatient surgical center. In addition to the outpatient Pain Management Clinic, the Pain Management Services oversees the treatment of patients with postoperative pain, acute on chronic pain, and cancer pain on the Acute Pain Service which involves daily teaching and work rounds beginning at 7:00 am at the Stanford Hospital where students participate as part of a team in implementing multimodal and interventional management strategies including neuraxial and regional techniques for perioperative pain management.

Please note: Visiting students must obtain approval from Yun Tao prior to applying for this clerkship. Please email Yun Tao to submit your requests.

Medical Education

Stanford Pain Medicine faculty are dedicated to teaching and mentoring the next generation of physicians at Stanford School of Medicine. Faculty teach in a number of courses in the pre-clinical and clinical clerkships, engaging students regarding the complex and vast field of pain medicine including topics on pharmacology, physiology, anatomy, clinical decision making, and the patient-physician relationship. In addition, we offer the Anesthesiology 304A clerkship, a selective for Stanford as well as visiting medical students to rotate and learn more about acute, perioperative and chronic pain by participating in patient care both in the inpatient setting as well as the outpatient pain management clinic.