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 8 am to 5 pm. Several times a week there are multidisciplinary conferences at lunch evaluating complex patients and neuromodulation cases. This conference includes anesthesiologists, psychologists, physical therapists, nurses, referring physicians and other interested medical specialists. Treatment modalities include diagnostic and therapeutic nerve blocks, behavior modification via biofeedback and stress reduction, physical therapy and transcutaneous nerve stimulation, individualized drug regimens for cancer patients, and referral to other Stanford specialty clinics. Students may also learn to perform epidural, spinal, and peripheral nerve blocks and observe procedures performed with fluoroscopic and ultrasound guidance. In addition to the outpatient Pain Management Clinic, the Pain Management Services oversees the treatment of patients with postoperative pain and acute on chronic 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.

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.