State of education regarding ultrasound-guided interventions during pain fellowships in Korea: A survey of recent fellows

Hyung Tae Kim, Sae Young Kim, Gyung Jo Byun, Byung Chul Shin, Jin Young Lee, Eun Joo Choi, Jong Bum Choi, Ji Hee Hong, Seung Won Choi, Yeon Dong Kim

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Background: Recently, the use of ultrasound (US) techniques in regional anesthesia and pain medicine has increased significantly. However, the current extent of training in the use of US-guided pain management procedures in Korea remains unknown. The purpose of the present study was to assess the current state of US training provided during Korean Pain Society (KPS) pain fellowship programs through the comparative analysis between training hospitals. Methods: We conducted an anonymous survey of 51 pain physicians who had completed KPS fellowships in 2017. Items pertained to current US practices and education, as well as the types of techniques and amount of experience with US-guided pain management procedures. Responses were compared based on the tier of the training hospital. Results: Among the 51 respondents, 14 received training at first- and second-tier hospitals (Group A), while 37 received training at third-tier hospitals (Group B). The mean total duration of pain training during the 1-year fellowship was 7.4 months in Group A and 8.4 months in Group B. Our analysis revealed that 36% and 40% of respondents in Groups A and B received dedicated US training, respectively. Most respondents underwent US training in patient-care settings under the supervision of attending physicians. Cervical root, stellate ganglion, piriformis, and lumbar plexus blocks were more commonly performed by Group B than by Group A (P < 0.05). Conclusions: Instruction regarding US-guided pain management interventions varied among fellowship training hospitals, highlighting the need for the development of educational standards that mandate a minimum number of US-guided nerve blocks or injections during fellowships in interventional pain management.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-295
Number of pages9
JournalKorean Journal of Pain
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017

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Pain Management
Education
Pain
Lumbosacral Plexus
Stellate Ganglion
Physicians
Conduction Anesthesia
Nerve Block
Surveys and Questionnaires
Patient Care
Medicine
Injections

Keywords

  • Education
  • Fellowship
  • Injections
  • Lumbar plexus
  • Nerve block
  • Neuronavigation
  • Pain management
  • Piriformis muscle
  • Spinal nerve root
  • Spine
  • Training
  • Ultrasound

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Kim, Hyung Tae ; Kim, Sae Young ; Byun, Gyung Jo ; Shin, Byung Chul ; Lee, Jin Young ; Choi, Eun Joo ; Choi, Jong Bum ; Hong, Ji Hee ; Choi, Seung Won ; Kim, Yeon Dong. / State of education regarding ultrasound-guided interventions during pain fellowships in Korea : A survey of recent fellows. In: Korean Journal of Pain. 2017 ; Vol. 30, No. 4. pp. 287-295.
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State of education regarding ultrasound-guided interventions during pain fellowships in Korea : A survey of recent fellows. / Kim, Hyung Tae; Kim, Sae Young; Byun, Gyung Jo; Shin, Byung Chul; Lee, Jin Young; Choi, Eun Joo; Choi, Jong Bum; Hong, Ji Hee; Choi, Seung Won; Kim, Yeon Dong.

In: Korean Journal of Pain, Vol. 30, No. 4, 01.01.2017, p. 287-295.

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