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Call for applications for the 8th Nordic Diploma Course in Advanced Pain Medicine 2016-2018


The first course will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, November 14-16, 2016

The Scandinavian Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine (SSAI) coordinates an Inter-Nordic post-specialist training programme in advanced pain medicine for Nordic doctors.

The programme is limited to 30 trainees. The target group is anaesthesiologists as well as specialists from other pain related specialities. The training period is 1½ – 2 years. During the training period, 5 courses – each lasting 3 days – will be arranged. The courses will circulate among the Nordic countries (Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway and Iceland). The courses will be held in English.

During the 2-year-period, clinical training of a minimum of 3 months should be carried out at a university-based multidisciplinary pain clinic, pain centre or a multi-disciplinary department of palliative medicine, approved by the national educational board members.

Furthermore, within the 2 years the trainee must complete a project or a written paper according to further instructions. On completion of the Inter-Nordic training programme, the trainees will receive a Diploma in Advanced Pain Medicine from the SSAI and may use the title NDAPM.

All expenses for the education (the fee for each course is DKK 7,000 (940 EURO)), travel and accommodation must be covered by the applicant’s host clinic or by the applicant personally.


How to apply

The following documents should be scanned into one document in the mentioned order and mailed to the Secretariat no later than May 30th, 2016. Make sure your name appears on the documents and in the title of your mail.

  1. A filled-in application form approved and signed by the chairman of the host clinic
  2. A recommendation letter from your host clinic
  3. A short letter stating your motivation and documented interest in pain medicine
  4. A short version curriculum vitae
  5. A list of all publications, and
  6. if possible, a statement of an appointment with a minimum of 3 months stay at a university based multidisciplinary pain clinic or a department of palliative medicine


Responses to the applications will be given by mail in June 2016.



Kirsten Rye



National Educational Board Members

Niels-Henrik Jensen (chairman)

Multidisciplinary Pain Centre, Herlev University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark


Jette Højsted (treasurer)

Multidisciplinary Pain Centre, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark


Katri Hamunen

Pain Clinic, University Hospital, Helsinki, Finland


Pekka Tarkkila

University Hospital, Helsinki, Finland


Gudmundur Björnsson

Anaesthesia Department, Landspitali University Hospital, Reykjavik, Iceland


Kári Hreinsson

Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, Landspitali University Hospital, Reykjavik, Iceland


Gunnvald Kvarstein

The Arctic University of Norway


Audun Stubhaug

Institutt for Klinisk Medisin, Oslo, Norway


Stephen Butler

University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden


Torsten Gordh

Pain Centre, University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden


Karl-Fredrik Sjölund

Pain Centre, Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden



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