Walter B. Forman, M.D., a professor in the UNM School of Medicine's Division of Geriatrics, located within the Department of Medicine at the UNM Sciences Center, was recently one of six people from throughout the U.S. and Canada to be awarded a three-year fellowship established by The Mayday Fund to provide new leaders in the pain management field with tools that will enable them to reach the broader public. Fellows are established experts in a wide range of pain management disciplines, including palliative care, anesthesiology, neurology, and pediatric pain care.

"We are extremely fortunate to have someone of Dr. Forman's expertise working in the pain management field in New Mexico," said Carla Herman, M.D., division chief for Geriatrics. "He has a rich history of working with diverse communities throughout the state worked to ensure that health professionals from RNs to home health aides to medical students and physicians are trained in the issues of hospice and palliative care. He has also been an eloquent and active voice to educate our state legislators on what is needed to provide effective pain management in New Mexico."

"We hope this program will build a community of pain experts who can bring accurate information to the public and policymakers." said Russell Portenoy, M.D., chair of the Mayday Fellowship Advisory Committee, and chair of the Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at Beth Israel Medical Center.

The Fellows will attend an intensive four-day workshop in Washington, D.C. in September 2005, then work closely with a communications firm for five months to learn how to connect with local and national media and legislators while developing skills to advocate and communicate on many of the pain issues they deal with everyday including the under treatment of pain, pediatric pain, chronic pain, palliative care, the treatment of pain with prescription pain medications, alternative treatments for pain, and disparities in pain treatment.

Established in 1992, the Mayday Fund is dedicated to further Shirley Steinman Katzenbach's commitment to social and medical causes. Her special interest in the treatment of pain forms the core of the Fund's mission. Over the last ten years, Mayday has supported many different projects, among them, surveys of public attitudes to pain and its treatment, role model and documentation programs, assistance to public and professional advocacy groups, and clinical and academic research.


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