Identifying gaps in chronic pain-centered medical education through analysis of student perspectives


  • Myles Benayon McMaster University
  • Lekhini Latchupatula McMaster University
  • Shawnee Amar Western University


chronic pain, curricula, UGME, McMaster, education


Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons for seeking medical care in Canada and the United States, yet the Canadian Pain Task Force reported there are still insufficiencies in health care pain curricula. Given that 1 in 5 Canadians suffer from chronic pain and 40-80% of chronic pain patients are misdiagnosed, a voluntary survey was conducted with 168 McMaster undergraduate medical students to gain insight into how these students perceive chronic pain-specific curricula and their confidence in managing chronic pain patients.

Overall, this study’s results demonstrated that on average, the participants had low ratings in their confidence in chronic pain-related skills. Students generally supported more education in this area through chronic pain workshops, pain-focused tutorial objectives, and more dedicated lecture time.

This study will help future undergraduate medical students by identifying gaps in McMaster chronic pain education to improve their abilities to confidently manage such patients as well as by recommending program changes to the existing curricula.

Author Biographies

Myles Benayon, McMaster University

Myles Benayon is currently a final-year medical student at McMaster University with an interest in internal medicine. He completed his undergraduate honours degree in the Science Program at York University.

Lekhini Latchupatula, McMaster University

Lekhini Latchupatula is currently a final-year medical student at McMaster University with an interest in internal medicine. She completed her undergraduate honours degree in the Health Sciences program at McMaster University.

Shawnee Amar, Western University

Shawnee Amar is currently a second-year undergraduate student at Western University in the Medical Sciences program and is hoping to pursue a career in medicine.






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