Prof. Yu Chuan Tsai
Origin and Future
The World Institute of Pain (WIP) was founded in 1993 as a worldwide organization that aims to promote the best practice of pain medicine for the 21st century. WIP’s mission is to bring together the most recognized experts in the field of pain medicine throughout the world for the advancement and standardization of interventional pain practice and the achievement of improved standards of care for pain patients. WIP fulfills its mission through sponsorship and endorsement of educational and training programs for pain physicians. These programs are aimed at facilitating the development of practice guidelines and standards of examining and assessing competency in physicians who specialize in interventional pain practice. Through educational initiatives, including WIP World Congresses, regional symposia, and practical workshops on interventional pain practice, WIP helps promote consensus building among experts on the effectiveness of existing techniques and avenues for advancement of therapeutic performances.
In 2001 and 2014, WIP began to implement the certification exams for fellow interventional pain physicians (FIPP) and certified interventional pain sonologist (CIPS) respectively. Until now, the physicians have participated certification in 59 countries.
In 2016, Prof. Ricardo Ruiz-Lopez, WIP founder, invited National Taiwan University, College of Medicine and Taiwan Pain Society to initiate interventional pain symposium workshop and FIPP/CIPS exams (SWE) in Taipei, where is regarded as the development base for WIP in Asian region. Two SWEs have been successfully held in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
In 6th March 2020, the Ministry of the Interior Taiwan approved the establishment of the official WIP Taiwan Society. After two preparatory meetings, the founding meeting of WIP Taiwan was held in 12th July, 2020. The first board of directors and supervisors was elected at the meeting. It is a great honor for me to be elected as the first president of WIP Taiwan after official registration. In addition to promoting and participating in WIP activities, the task of the new-born society is to make pain experts in Taiwan to participate in the international society to interact with international pain experts, which will affect the development of pain medicine in Taiwan with great impact. Moreover, Pain relief remains a global unmet medical need and is increasingly crucial in Asian countries. Taiwan was chosen by WIP as the development base in east and east-south Asia, the most populous region in the world, we need to actively undertake the task of WIP in this area and play a pivotal role.
世界疼痛醫學會 (以下簡稱 WIP ) 成立於 1993 年，是一個全球性的組織，旨在推廣 21 世紀疼痛醫學的最佳實踐。WIP 的使命是彙集全球疼痛醫學領域最知名的專家，推動介入性疼痛實踐的推進和標準化。 WIP 通過贊助和認證疼痛醫師的教育和培訓計畫來履行其使命。經由其教育倡議包括 WIP 世界大會、區域專題討論會和介入性疼痛實地操作工作坊， WIP 幫助促進專家之間就現有技術的有效性和促進治療效果的途徑建立共識。
2001 和 2014 年 WIP 分別開始實施介入性疼痛治療醫師 (FIPP) 和介入性疼痛超音波醫師 (CIPS) 的認證資格考試，至今參予認證的醫師遍及 59 個國家。
2016 年 WIP 創辦人，Ricardo Ruiz-Lopez 教授邀請台大醫學院和台灣疼痛醫學會在台北開始籌備大體操作工作坊及認證考試，作為亞洲區的發展據點。在 2019 和 2020 分別成功的舉辦了兩次實地操作工作坊和認證考試 (SWE)。
2020 年 3 月 16 日內政部核准籌組『世界疼痛醫學會台灣分會』，歷經兩次籌備會議後，於同年 7 月 12 日召開成立大會並選出第一屆理監事會。我很榮幸擔任創會理事長，這個新生的學會所肩負的任務除了推動並參予 WIP 之活動外，也要讓台灣疼痛醫學專家藉由參予國際學會與國際專家交流，進而與之分享與學習，對台灣疼痛醫學的發展將有很大的助益。而同時做為被 WIP 選定為東亞/東南亞這個世界人口最多的地區的發展基地，我們更需積極在此地區推動 WIP 的任務，並扮演關鍵的角色。