Pain Medicine has recently been recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as a designated subspecialty. The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University is preparing to enroll subspecialty residents into this two-year program for July 2014.

The Western Pain Program is based out of St. Joseph's Health Care Centre, London within the Ambulatory Care Department. Information about the pain clinic can be obtained from the following link.

Training Objective

The objective of the residency program is to train candidates to be experts in the prevention, evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of painful conditions. Students will be trained across the spectrum of acute pain, cancer pain, and chronic non-cancer pain.

Curriculum and Duration of Training

The duration of the program is 26 blocks, each of 4 weeks duration. Training curriculum will be distributed as follows:

  • Mandatory core of 13 blocks in the St. Joseph's multidisciplinary pain clinic
  • There are 7 blocks of mandatory rotations :
  • 1. Outpatient Psychiatry / Addiction Medicine (2)
  • 2. Physiatry / Rheumatology (1)
  • 3. Neurology (1)
  • 4. Pediatric pain (1)
  • 5. Cancer pain (1)
  • 6. Acute Pain Service (1)
  • 7. Selectives for 6 blocks

Depending on previous clinical work, which has been accomplished, trainees can receive up to 13 blocks of credit for previous training. This is subject to the discretion of the program director.

Interventional pain procedures (nerve blocks and injections via ultrasound or fluoroscopy) can be incorporated into the curriculum but are not mandatory training requirements. Training in interventional pain management is established as per the request of the trainee. Presently, an ultrasound machine is available within the outpatient pain clinic to perform procedures for a variety of pain conditions. Additionally, a fluoroscopy suite is available to perform interventions, which is run two days per week.


Selectives can be chosen by trainees and tailored to suit individual learning objectives. Examples of possible selective choices include oncology, emergency medicine, gastroenterology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, gynecology, urology, geriatrics, or radiology.


Payment of residents is scaled according to their respective year of residency. Information can be found at the following website:

Application Information


Those eligible to apply to Pain Medicine residency must hold, or currently be enrolled in a residency training program leading to, Royal College certification in Anesthesiology, Neurology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Rheumatology, Psychiatry, Pediatrics or Emergency Medicine. Those holding certificates from other Royal College disciplines can still be considered for entry by special assessment of the program director.

If the language of instruction at your medical school was other than English, you must have writtent your IELTS test and obtained a Band score of 8 or higher to be eligible to apply.  No exceptions.

The submission date for July 2015 applications has passed.  We will now be accepting applications for July 2016.  The due date for July 2016 submissions is September 7, 2015.  Please send complete package by September 7, 2015 with the following:

  • An up-to-date CV
  • Completed Application form
  • Three (3) letters of reference (Must use referee form). This must also be submitted directly by the referee. Please note, we will not accept referee forms submitted by the applicant.
  • Copies of your medical degree, Anesthesia certification, and a copy of your immigration status (i.e. Passport, visa, etc.)

Application Form

Referee Form

IELTS Website

For those interested in applying to the Western Pain Medicine Program, please send applications to:

Lori Dengler
Program Administrator
Pain Medicine Residency Program

London Health Sciences Centre - University Hospital
339 Windermere Road, Room B3-404
London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 5A5
Phone: 519-663-3197, ext. 34247
Fax: 519-663-2957

Rachel Reardon
  • Rachel Reardon MD