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WFSA Pain Management Fellow – Dr. Marjory Ayma Palacios

Dr Marjory Ayma Palacios works in the Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Neoplasicas in Lima, Peru. In 2019, Dr Palacios completed a two-month Pain Medicine Fellowship in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

What did you enjoy most about your fellowship?

Dr Marjory with her supervisor Dra. Erica Bernich

Over the course of the fellowship, I was fortunate enough to visit different hospitals and clinics that provided me with the opportunity to learn an interdisciplinary approach towards the oncological and non-oncological management of pain. In addition, I was able to observe interventional treatment options, such as nerve blocks, radiofrequency, nerve neuromodulation, intrathecal pump controlled by fluoroscopy and ultrasonography to obtain a more accurate approach. I was particularly pleased to observe many cases of interventionism under ultrasound and fluoroscopic guidance.

I would have been unable to access this level of comprehensive learning without attending the seminars, conferences and workshops organised by the Pain Foundation. Most notably, I was able to attend the 2019 Latin American Congress of Anesthesiology (CLASA) in Argentina.

The fellowship helped me to better understand the importance of communication between doctors and patients because when an adequate clinical history is taken, a better interdisciplinary approach in the treatment of pain can be achieved.

How will you use the knowledge and skills you’ve gained in your home institution?

I would like to apply the knowledge I have acquired in the pain unit of my hospital by introducing pain intervention as a treatment option. I am also keen to conduct workshops regarding ultrasound guidance and fluoroscopy. In addition, I would like to form working groups to conduct future research and present these at national and international conferences. In the future, I would like to hold congresses to integrate the pain management teams across Latin America.

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