Continuing Education

ECMC Foundation is committed to supporting the talented, compassionate people who treat patients in our community and beyond.

In the last year, the Foundation has cared for our own with professional and personal opportunities, including:

  • Nursing certification reimbursement
  • Employee ski day, golf tournament, and picnic
  • Employee fitness center

ECMC Hospital and ECMC Foundation also offer a number of conferences and other events for continuing education, as well as sponsorship opportunities for these events.

A World of Hurt: Central Nervous System Pain Mechanisms Patient Education & Exercise Prescriptions
January 11-12, 2020 at Erie County Medical Center

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This two-day course focuses information critical to the assessment and treatment of patients dominated by Central Nervous System (CNS) Pain Mechanisms.  Furthermore, this course will focus on specific interventions of pain science education topics; patient readiness questionnaire, motivational interviewing strategies, graded exposure functional return and sensorimotor retraining for each CNS dominated pain mechanism. Video, paper cases and live patient demonstrations (when available) will aid application to each clinician’s practice by understanding the importance of the “words” and “moves” necessary to reverse CNS pain mechanisms.


Physical and Occupational Therapists, Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Medical Doctors, Psychologists, Acupuncturists, Athletic Trainers, Massage Therapists, Personal Trainers and any other practitioners who are involved in treating musculoskeletal pain.



Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to apply the principles directly into their clinical practice:

At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:
1) Differentiate subjective and objective clinical characteristics for the CNS pain mechanisms: central sensitization, affective and motor/autonomic.
2) Apply pain mechanism classification principles to CNS live, paper and video patient cases.
3) Classify CNS pain mechanisms utilizing Yellow Flag Risk Form and prescribe individualized patient education and active care interventions.
4) Administer and interpret patient rated psychometric outcome measures, readiness questionnaire for patient education.
5) Communicate pain science education for all CNS pain mechanisms.
6) Perform evaluation tests for motor/autonomic sensorimotor dysfunctions.



Course Instructors:

Annie O’Connor, MSPT, OCS, Cert. MDT is Founder and CEO of a World of Hurt, LLC a dedicated consulting, teaching, telehealth and research company for the application of Pain Mechanism Classification System into MSD clinical practice.

Melissa Watson, MSPT, Cert. MDT is Vice President of the World of Hurt, LLC and assistant instructor for the World of Hurt six training courses.

Course Book:A World of Hurt: A Guide to Classifying Pain” Participant Discount USD 55.00$

For further information about these and other continuing education events, contact Stacy Roeder:

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