Pain in Child Health from 2002 to 2015: The Early Years of an International Research Training Initiative
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Background: The 2018 Global Year for Excellence in Pain Education, an initiative of the International Association for the Study of Pain, brought worldwide attention to the need for education that crosses narrow disciplinary boundaries, addresses up-to-date research methods and findings, and encourages teamwork among trainees and mentors at different levels of training and with different perspectives. Aims: This commentary describes the development of Pain in Child Health (PICH), an interdisciplinary training program for researchers in pediatric pain at the undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels of training. Methods: Based on documentation of the structure, training processes, leadership, and membership of PICH, we outline its organization and its challenges and accomplishments over the first 12 years of its growth into a well-known international program. Results and Conclusions: Pain in Child Health began as a Strategic Training Initiative of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in 2002 and developed into an international research training consortium featuring cross-site and cross-discipline mentorship and collaboration. PICH trainees and alumni have contributed extensively to the current scientific literature on children’s pain. PICH could serve as a possible model for training and mentorship in other specialized health research domains within and outside thestudy of pain.