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 Course: Fellowship in Pain Management

a. Introduction
Pain medicine is the discipline of Medicine that specializes in the management of
patients suffering from acute or chronic pain including pain in patients requiring
palliative care, this management of pain both acute or chronic painful conditions
require multi-disciplinary approach as these complex changes involve multiple
functions and systems of human body . The pain specialists (algologists / algiatrists
should be capable of assessment of pain, evaluation of the problem with special
clinical and investigative and diagnostic modalities, integration of the primary
problem with the multiple modalities of management and interaction with
multiple disciplines of medicine. The didactic clinical and practical curriculum
supervised and guided with competent faculty at the “out-patient
department”, “in-patient department” and the Intervention area or “Operation
Theatre”, will assure this medical education for an ethical foundation of
independent skill and knowledge of the aspirant trainees.

b. Affiliation:
i. Department of Health & FW, Government of West Bengal
Government of West Bengal considered for “Essentiality Certificate” for
training the physicians with 10 seats at this Institute with one year
residential postgraduate course “Fellowship in Pain Management” in the
public interest with Memo No ME/MISC-46-13/M/1020 dated 16.07.2013.
ii. West Bengal University of Health Sciences
The West Bengal University of Health Sciences affiliated this full time one
year postgraduate course vide memo no OG/WBUHS/2013-2014/1061
dated 03.09.2013
iii. West Bengal Medical Council
The West Bengal Medical Council affiliated this course with 10 seats with
their notification no 2107-C/46-2009 dated 07.08.2014.

c. Eligibility
i. Medical Graduates including compulsory residential training (MBBS in India)
or its equivalent basic medical qualification of other countries (Like MD in
USA) and also – 2 years of additional work experience desirable in
Anaesthesiology, Orthopaedics, Neurology, Physical Medicine, Psychiatry,
Oncology from a Medical College or Hospital recognized by a University or
MCI or Government of state/ country or equivalent from other countries.
ii. Post graduate Diploma in anaesthesiology /orthopaedics / Neurology /
Physical Medicine / Psychiatry / Oncology from MCI recognized University/
College in India or equivalent from a Medical College or Hospital recognized
by a University or MCI or Government of state/ country or equivalent from
other countries.
iii. Post graduate degree like MD / MS / DNB / DM / MCH/PhD in
Anaesthesiology, Orthopaedics, Neurosurgery, Neurology, Physical
Medicine, Psychiatry, Oncology from MCI recognized University/ College in
India or equivalent.

d. Duration of the course
Multidisciplinary training to develop knowledge and skill in pain medicine
requires 12 months of fulltime residential training after successful
completion of compulsory residential training accredited by the Medical
Council of India for graduate medical education with an additional 2 years of
experience desirable in anaesthesiology, orthopaedics, neurology, physical
medicine and rehabilitation and psychiatry from an Institution recognized
by medical council of India or government of any state or India or equivalent
from other countries.

e. No of Seats: 10 (Ten)

f. Method of Selection
i. Date and time of Interview: Will be announced in the notice board and
website of the West Bengal University of Health Sciences (Usually during
August/September of each year).

ii. Admission Test:
1. An admission test will be conducted by the experts (Theory / Viva /
Interview) appointed by the WBUHS to prepare a merit list of
candidates seeking admission to the course.
2. Applicants who have applied for admission will be allowed to appear
for the interview provided his/ her prescribed off-line admission
form with testimonials is submitted personally before the admission
test (interview) from 11 AM on the same day and has been accepted
by the authority of the WBUHS before starting of the admission test
on and from 2 pm on the same day.
3. Merit list of the candidates qualifying in the admission test will be
determined on the basis of marks obtained by them in the
admission test. The list of successful candidates will be displayed on
the notice board of the University as well as on the University
website. A separate list including the merit position for the SC/ST
and Physically Challenged (PC) candidates respectively.

iii. Application (forms are available in download section)

iv. Reservation of Seats
1. Reservation of seats: 16%, 22%, 6% and 3% will be reserved for the
candidates from Government Employees (WBHS / WBMES / ESIMS /
Other Government Departments ), SC, ST and PC candidates
respectively. PC candidates mean persons with disability as defined
by MCI. i.e., 40-60% loco motor disability of lower limb only. (Note:
for PC candidates confirmation of degree of loco motor disability is
required by the Board constituted at IPGME&R, Kolkata. Such
candidate should obtain the certificate before submission of the
2. Seats reserved for SC candidates when remaining vacant even after
following instructions laid down in the government order and
notifications shall be filled in by ST candidates and vice-versa.
3. If reserved category seat in any category still remain vacant, the
same will be filled in by the General candidates.

v. Age: There is no age bar.

vi. Foreign Candidates: NOC from Department of Health and Family Welfare
and also from the West Bengal Medical Council is necessary before joining.

vii. Further Information: Candidates may enquire for relevant information by
e-mail at ; If the candidate does not join within
five days after selection, his/her candidature will be cancelled. No travelling
allowances will be paid for appearing in the admission test. No personal
communication will be made by the candidate unless it is considered
absolutely necessary and he / she may get in touch at the above e-mail

g. Duties and responsibilities
Duty : fellows must attend the regular duties at the OPD, Operation theatre,
clinical rounds and the emergency duties as per schedule apart from their
classes of theory and practical.
Mandatory Time Free of Duty
Fellows must be scheduled for a minimum of one day free of duty every
week (when averaged over four weeks). At-home call will not be assigned
on these free days.

h. Course Fee: The course fee will be Rupees 30,000/- (Thirty Thousand only) to be
deposited to the affiliated Institution for the course at the time of admission with a
bank draft addressed to the ‘’ESI Manpower Development Society” payable at

i. Commencement of the session: Generally course will start from October of each
year according to notification from the WBUHS.

j. Accommodation: There are provisions of semi furnished accommodation with 24
hours of water supply, for the fellows on shared basis, subjected to availability at that time.

k. Dissertation: Every candidate will be required to (a) submit a dissertation or (b)
furnish proof of having undertaken research of high order which may be in the form
of a manuscript of an original article fit for publication or already accepted by an
approved journal or (c) present evidence of having published papers of research
value in the subject concerned in journals recognised by the Institute for this
purpose. All these should have been done during the period of training at the
NB: The registration of those candidates who do not submit the dissertation at least
three months prior to the commencement of the examination, with Certificate from
the research evaluation committee and also from Institutional ethics committee,
(within 30th June for examination during September of the year) will not be eligible
to appear in the final Examination.

l. Final examination: The eligible fellows with minimum of 75% of attendance in the
classes will be assessed with an exit examination in the month of September each
year as per convenience of the West Bengal University of Health Sciences with their
notification, according to their norms.
There will be evaluation with theoretical and practical examinations (including viva)
and 20% marks will be reserved for continuing internal assessment. Internal
assessment includes internal examination at the institute, Faculties assessment
round the year for fellows’ attitude, ethical standard and behaviour towards
patients, Seminar and other academic activities)

m. Examination Structure: Theory: 2 papers: 100 marks each with 20% reserved for the
internal assessment. Practical: 200 marks including viva, long case, instruments,
charts and models, simulator and manikin, short case, dissertation, log book, (with
20% reserved for the internal assessment)

n. Certification: The fellows will receive a) Certificate from the Institute after successful
completion of the course and also b) University certificate after passing the
“Fellowship in Pain Management”.
3. This Institute also encourages Clinical Observer ship for the Medical Graduates and also from
the Non Medical Graduates, visiting scholars and Nursing Personnel.

The Prospectus with aims, objectives and functioning of the Fellowship in Pain
Management has been approved by members of the Board of Studies of the Institute.