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B. An Online Certification Program in Pain Management for Health Care Providers

Narrator: This is Science Today. For the first time, the University of California , San Francisco is offering an online certification program for healthcare providers. Dr. Pamela Pierce Palmer, director of the UCSF Pain Management Center , says the online pain management course will be a resource for doctors, nurses, dentists any provider who interacts with people in pain.

Palmer: If you're a doctor and you want to become a pain management specialist, you can perform a fellowship. So, we're not trying to take the place of the fellowship programs. But if you're a nurse, for example, there's no place you can go to and really have a yearlong, comprehensive, intensive training in pain management that's online.

Narrator: Health care providers don't have to spend more than 8 to 10 hours per week on the course. Palmer says UCSF joined the University of Sydney and the University of Edinborough in this international program.

Palmer: So any of the health care providers from North America would come to our program. Any health care providers from Europe would go to the Edinborough program and then the rest of the world would go to Sydney .

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.