Dear members of the Swiss Pain Society!
It is a great pleasure for me to be able to address a few words to you in my function as President of our Society. I would like to thank all of you for the trust you have placed in me as President of the Society to guide its destiny for the next three years (2017 – 2020).
I would like to take this opportunity to explain the distribution of responsibilities, provide important information from the last General Assembly and answer frequently asked questions.
In this sense I hope to receive suggestions and close contacts with our members in the future.
PD Dr. med. Konrad Maurer
SPS responsible for member management
Dr Nicolas Mariotti
examines together with the SPS Board all membership applications and acts as an intermediary between the members and the SPS Board.
Applications to: info(a)swisspainsociety.ch
Become a member
List of members
Advantages of a SPS membership
- Possibility to acquire the title “SPS Schmerzspezialist ®” (SPS Pain Specialist)
- Reduced participation fees at the SPS annual congresses and other events
- Free participation in the SPS Brunches
- Free subscription to the electronic edition of «Der Schmerz», or «Douleur et Analgésie», and access to the online version of the «European Journal of Pain»
- Multidisciplinary exchange/contacts at regional and national level
- Updated information in the field of pain, as well as notes on congresses and symposia
- Active participation in Special Interest Groups on the topic of pain
Membership fee 2020
CHF 200 for doctors
CHF 150 for other professionals
CHF 50 for trainees
The annual membership fee is determined by the General Assembly.
Honorary members, corresponding and full members in retirement (retired) are exempt from the obligation to pay membership fees.
The membership fee is due in the year of admission.
Responsibilities within the Management Board
Nicolas Mariotti is now responsible for the ‘Members’ department. Nicolas is medical director of the Centre Médical de la Gare in Bulle. His responsibilities include all tasks concerning membership, applications and recertification of the title (SPS Pain Specialist ®).
Andreas Gantenbein now heads the ‘Communication’ Department. Andreas is head physician of neurology at the RehaClinic Bad Zurzach. This area of responsibility includes the ‘Newsletter’ dossiers, which make it easier for professionals interested in pain to keep up to date with events on the subject of pain and thus increase the visibility and goals of our society.
Thomas Benz is now responsible for the Special Interest Groups (SIGs). Thomas is in charge of the Psychosomatic & Pain Therapy Department at the RehaClinic Bad Zurzach and will be the contact person for SIGs issues in the future.
In future, the department ‘Further Education and Training’ will be headed by our Past President André Ljutow. The main focus in the near future will be on the design of the 80-hour pain courses offered by the SPS. At the moment, one course is offered annually in German-speaking Switzerland (founded and organized by our honorary member Eli Alon) and one course every two years in French in French-speaking Switzerland (organized by Marie Besson). The need for a high quality continuing education program exists in Switzerland from various disciplines and professional societies and the organization of such courses requires large financial and human resources. Our aim is to use these resources more efficiently in the future and to reorganise the course system in collaboration with various other professional associations which also offer pain courses for the further training required for certification (e.g. the Society for Interventional Pain Management SSIPM). We are confident that by bundling and coordinating such an offer we will be able to address many professionals interested in pain and further develop the topic.
Marc Suter, Head Physician of Pain Therapy at the University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV) will continue to organize our congresses in the future.
Beat Steiger will be responsible for the maintenance of our website, the creation of a member database and other tasks related to IT and the Internet. Beat is a psychologist at the Centre for Dentistry at the University of Zurich with a focus on pain management.
Marie Besson as Swiss councillor of the EFIC and I (Konrad Maurer) in my function as president as representative of the SPS at the IASP are responsible for the liaison to our international sister organisations.
We also have a new department ‘task forces’, which I (Konrad Maurer) will take over. This includes current technical and political topics which are of interest to the members and on which we as a society want to get involved (e.g. opioid problems, cannabis hype, new ICD-11 diagnostic criteria, to name but a few).
Jean Dudler has agreed to serve as treasurer in the finance department for a further period of 3 years. Jean is head physician of the Clinic for Rheumatology at the Cantonal Hospital of Fribourg and it is his responsibility to keep track of the financial situation of our society in these financially rather rough times.