FIPP TESTIMONIALS

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Philippe Mavrocordatos MD, FIPP
WIP Honorary Secretary
Lausanne, Switzerland

Peter Staats MD, MBA, FIPP
Chair, Board of Examination
New Jersey, USA

Craig T. Hartrick, MD, DABPM, FIPP
President-Elect, World Institute of Pain

Michigan, USA






Philippe Mavrocordatos
MD, FIPP
WIP Honorary Secretary
Lausanne, Switzerland

Dear Friends,

I was recently asked what I would say to someone who was considering taking the FIPP Examination.  When I took my FIPP exam in 2007, I already had 10 years of interventional pain practice, excellent training, and felt quite confident in my daily routine.  By chance, I met some colleagues who suggested me to take the FIPP exam. I did not feel I really needed it, but found the idea interesting.  Well, I didn't know how much this exam would change my professional life.


Locally, my daily practice improved significantly. The FIPP certification made me feel more confident, I was up to date with my readings and also with my techniques. Interestingly, it also had an important impact on my referrals, as local physicians knew they had a real specialist to talk to and not just another anesthesiologist doing pain.

Nationally
, it helped me build up our interventional pain society, and I based our post-graduate education on clear and validated criteria to set up and develop the pain specialty. I also knew I could count on the support of my FIPP peers for questions and exchanges.

Internationally
, it was probably for me the biggest surprise. I got invited to teach, and to examine colleagues who now are close friends, people with whom I have frequent exchanges. We have common projects and learn from each other.

For me, the FIPP exam and the WIP organization in general changed my understanding of pain and made me a part of a worldwide network; I now feel part of this professional family!

I hope these words will encourage you to study for and take the FIPP Examination in the near future. It changed my life, and will change yours as well!

Cheers,

philippe


For more details about the examination, including sample MCQs and recommended references, please review the FIPP Information Bulletin, available in PDF format at http://bit.ly/fippinfo16.  To apply for the examination, please visit the online application system at http://bit.ly/fippapp.




Peter Staats
MD, MBA, FIPP
Chair, Board of Examination
New Jersey, USA

Dear Friends,

I am very excited to inform you of the upcoming dates for the next FIPP and CIPS exams. I urge those of you, sitting on the sidelines, thinking about the exam, to consider challenging yourself and "lean in" and take the exam. Both the FIPP and CIPS examinations are rigorous exams, that test your knowledge, and test your skill set in interventional pain. FIPP demonstrates competency in interventional pain, while CIPS demonstrates competency in the use of ultrasound in pain management.  In both exams there is a written component, oral component and cadaver component of the exam, all weighted to test your skill as an interventional pain physician.

So why take the exam? There are so many reasons to become certified by the World Institute of Pain.  A FIPP/CIPS Certification means something. These examinations demonstrate your skills as an interventional pain physician. You will know that you are offering the latest and safest care for patients with interventional pain. Your colleagues will know that you have passed the most rigorous examination process in pain management today. Most countries allow you to market to your community that you have passed this rigorous examination, that you have met the criteria an international group has established for excellence in interventional pain, and that you are now a full fledged FIPP/CIPS. You can join a community of like-minded professionals, and share ideas and approaches to problems facing patients with pain. In some countries FIPP is required for insurance approval for procedures. For those of you who want to teach, having the FIPP will be a tremendous asset for you in your careers. In addition we need qualified doctors in every region of the world. You can become one of these leaders.

I urge you to lean in, and make yourself the best physician you can be. Take the exam, and join the WIP as a leader in the field. I look forward to seeing you in Budapest (1 September 2016), Miami (16 January 2017), Nijmegen (10 June 2017), or another future examination location.  


Best regards,

Peter Staats, MD, MBA, FIPP
Chair, WIP Board of Examination


For more details about the examinations, including sample MCQs and recommended references, please review the FIPP/CIPS Information Bulletins, available in PDF format at http://bit.ly/fippinfo16 or http://bit.ly/cipsinfo16.  To apply for the examination, please visit the online application system at http://bit.ly/fippapp or http://bit.ly/cipsapp16.









Craig T. Hartrick, MD, DABPM, FIPP
President-Elect, World Institute of Pain

Dear Colleagues,

Allow me to present to you 5 reasons to become FIPP:
  • Patient Preference - there is abundant evidence that patients prefer that their physicians obtain the highest certification available to them (e.g., 2004 Gallup poll, 2008 ABMS Consumer Survey).  Additionally, evidence links high performance on certifying examinations with better quality of care (e.g., Holmboe ES, et al. Arch Intern Med. 2008;168(13):1396-1403.)
    • Academic - FIPP designation has improved the CVs of many WIP members, helping with promotions.  The leadership by example and networking provided by membership in this elite group is invaluable.  Additionally, FIPP designation is necessary for pain centers wishing to obtain Excellence in Pain Practice (EPP) designation from WIP.
    • Financial - FIPP designation is congruent with The Joint Commission's requirement that hospitals vet physicians for appropriate training/expertise (and it is gaining importance in many countries in addition to the USA).  Furthermore, being FIPP can be beneficial for pain physicians seeking to distinguish themselves from the competition, and can be helpful in many cases in meeting 3rd-party reimbursement requirements.
    • Medical Society - Being a FIPP allows you full membership rights in the wonderful medical society of WIP.  As an FIPP member, you are allowed to be a member of WIP committees, and to hold leadership positions.
    • Benefit to Society as a Whole - Through its network of FIPP members around the globe, WIP is dedicated to standardizing treatment across geographic boundaries, implementing best practices, and undertaking key safety initiatives.
    In closing, I will also offer you a "bonus" sixth reason to become FIPP: not only do data support the finding that board certification promotes improved quality of care, FIPP endorsement and the reinforcement of evidence-based guidelines, clinical practice standards and best practices also directly benefits patients.  Join us today!  


    Best regards,

    Craig T. Hartrick, MD, DABPM, FIPP
    President-Elect, World Institute of Pain


     

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