Pain is a condition that we often see in the prehospital world, yet for a variety of reasons, we’re bad at treating it. On today’s episode with pain expert Dr. Samina Ali, we go through what pain is, pain assessment, barriers to providing analgesia, and then discuss how we actually treat pain, using both non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic interventions

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Dr Samina Ali

I am a Professor of Pediatrics and an Adjunct Professor of Emergency Medicine, as well as a practicing pediatric emergency physician at the Stollery Children’s Hospital. I have completed a General Pediatrics residency from Memorial University, and Emergency Medicine subspecialty training from McGill University.

I hold provincial and national funding for the study of children’s acute care and emergencies. I supervise many learners in both clinical and research realms.

I was the program director for Pediatric Emergency Medicine from 2003-2008, and again from 2010-2013. I was the Director of Professionalism for UME from 2010-2013, and the Assistant Dean, Professionalism for the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry from 2013-2016.


My research program is focused on improving children’s pain and distress, mainly as it relates to emergency department visits and procedures. There are many ways to improve the pain experience for children in both hospitals and the community. I focus my efforts on determining what works best, and how best to help the community adopt it.