NIH Selects Centers of Excellence in Pain Education

June 29, 2012

Contact: Joan Meyer
MediCom Worldwide, Inc.
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NIH Selects Centers of Excellence in Pain Education

June 29, 2012, Morrisville, Pennsylvania − MediCom Worldwide, Inc. is pleased to announce its partnership with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Medicine, and St. Louis University to distribute comprehensive pain education to the largest number of health care providers possible .
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Pain Consortium awarded Southern University Illinois Edwardsville (SIUE) the distinct honor of being chosen as one of 11 Centers of Excellence in Pain Education (CoEPEs). SIUE will act as a hub in the development, evaluation, and distribution of a pain management curriculum for medical, dental, nursing, and pharmacy schools.  The goal, according to the NIH, will be to “enhance and improve how health care professionals are taught about pain and its treatment.” NIH director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, stated, “Virtually all health care professionals are called upon to help patients suffering from pain.”

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is one of 11 health professional schools chosen by the NIH as a Center of Excellence to develop, evaluate, and distribute a core curriculum in pain education. MediCom Worldwide Inc. will partner with SIUE associate professor Christopher M. Herndon, PharmD, BCPS, CPE, FASHP, and St. Louis University adjunct professor and director of research Raymond Tait, PhD, in the content delivery mechanism.

Joan Meyer, president of MediCom Worldwide stated, “Partnership with SIUE is a wonderful opportunity for Emerging Solutions in Pain (ESP) to act as a vehicle in bringing forth collaborative pain education for health care professionals in an effort to positively impact patient care. ESP delivers clinician-based education in various formats for maximum reach and learning.”

About MediCom Worldwide, Inc. (
Established in 1993, MediCom Worldwide, Inc. is a full-service, accredited, independent medical education company that has educated over a million health care professionals.MediCom Worldwide, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians, is approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education to provide pharmacy continuing education, and is approved by the California State Board of Registered Nursing to provide nursing continuing education.

About Emerging Solutions in Pain (
Emerging Solutions in Pain (ESP) was launched in 2005 as a broad based initiative employing an integrated communication approach to education and information dissemination. ESP’s goal is to assist clinicians in managing the challenges of providing appropriate treatment to patients with chronic pain, while also minimizing the potential risk of opioid misuse, abuse, and diversion. ESP membership has grown phenomenally since launch, with current membership of approximately 30,000 health care professionals to date. ESP has been recognized for both content and innovative design.