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All-Ohio Medical School Opioid Use Disorder Collaborative Curriculum

Funded by Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services

A5. Session Overview - Inclusion of the science of pain including facets of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and psychology of pain

This session is intended to cover the science of pain with special focus on pain psychology as the primary need in medical education. Medical education has historically focused only on the anatomy and physiology of pain leading to an unclear understanding of the role of the mind in the experience of pain. This lecture will briefly go into neuroanatomy and physiology but will mainly focus on psychology, behavior, and pain rehabilitation. 

Instructional Strategy: Lecture, 40 minutes

Learning Objectives

  1. Comprehend the neuroanatomy and physiology of pain.
  2. Review the 2011 Institute of Medicine report on relieving pain. 
  3. Identify the various psychosocial factors that influence the experience of pain.  
  4. Examine psychological approaches for the treatment of acute pain.
  5. Examine treatment approaches for chronic pain with emphasis on interdisciplinary pain rehabilitation. 

Author: Maryjo Gavin, PhD

School: University of Toledo

Curriculum Template - Science of Pain_Gavin 6-21-2019

Presentation-Science of Pain_Gavin 8-1-2019

Resource List - Psychology of pain

Resources for Instructors/Students:  

  • Darnall, BD. (2019) Psychological Treatment for Patients with Chronic Pain. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. 
  • Gatchel RJ, McGeary DD, McGeary CA, Lippe B. (2014) Interdisciplinary chronic pain management: past, present, and future. American Psychologist, 69, 119-130.  
  • Institute of Medicine (US) Committee on Advancing Pain Research, Care, and Education. (2011) Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research. National Academies Press (US).  Retrieved from the National Academies Press website: