World Institute of Pain

Certified Interventional Pain Sonologist (CIPS) Examinations

Thank you for your interest in our CIPS Examination! If you have not done so already, please review the CIPS Exam Information bulletin, available here: This document contains comprehensive information about the exam.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are not sure when we will be able to offer the examinations again. We are actively monitoring conditions around the world, and we hope to resume the examination schedule sometime in 2022. We will post details on our website ( when we know more about our plans.

If you wish to apply for the examination, you may do so using the online application button. Once we confirm examination dates/locations we will contact you about final scheduling at a specific examination site.

Study Aids

The following is a list of references that may be helpful in reviewing for the examination. This listing is intended for use as a study aid only. WIP – FIPP Board of Examination does not intend the list to imply endorsement of these specific references, nor are the examination items taken from these sources.

1999 Physicians Desk Reference (53rd ed). Montvale, NJ: Medical Economics. American Pain Society. (1999).

American Pain Society. (1999). Principles of Analgesic Use in the Treatment of Acute Pain and Cancer Pain (4th ed.). Glenview, IL.

Aronoff, G.M. (1998). Evaluation and Treatment of Chronic Pain (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Lippencott, Williams & Wilkins.

Bonica, J.J. (Ed). (1990). The Management of Pain (2nd ed.). Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger.

Braddom, R.L. (1996) Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Co.

Brown, D.L. (1992). Atlas of Regional Anesthesia. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Co.

Cousins, M.J., & Bridenbaugh, P.O. (Eds.). (1998). Neural Blockade (3rd ed.). Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company.

Fields, H.L (1996). Core Curriculum for Professional Education in Pain (2nd ed.). Seattle: IASP Press.

Fricton, J.R., & Awad, E.A. (1990). Myofascial Pain and Fibromyalgia. New York: Raven Press, Ltd.

Neuralgia: Current Concepts of Pathogenesis and Treatment. Stoneham, MA: Butterworths.

Goodman, L.S., Limbird, L.E., (Eds.) et al. (1996). Goodman & Gilman’s The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics (9th ed.). New York: McGraw Hill Text.

Headache Classification Committee of the International Headache Society. (1988). Classification and diagnostic Criteria for Headache Disorders, Cranial neuralgias and Facial Pain. Cephalalgia, 9(Suppl.7), 12-96.

Raj, P.P. (Ed.). (2000) Practical Management of Pain (3rd ed.). Chicago: Mosby Year Book Publishers.

Raj, P.P. (Ed.). (2002) Textbook of Regional Anesthesia, Churchill Livingston

Raj, P.P., Lou, L, Erdine S, Staats P. (Eds). (2002) Radiographic Imaging of Regional Anesthesia and Interventional Techniques.

Raj, P.P, Erdine S. (2012) Pain-relieving Procedures: The Illustrated Guide. New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell.

Saper, J.R., Silberstein, S., Gordon, C.D., & Hamel R.L. (1993). Handbook of Headache Management.Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins.

Sinatra, R.S., Hord, A.H., Ginsberg, B., & Peeble, L.M. (1992). Acute Pain Mechanisms and Management. St. Louis: Mosby Year Book.

Travell, J., & Simons, D.G. (1998). Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual, Vol. 1 and 2 (2nd ed.). Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins

Van Zundert J, Patijn J, Hartrick C, Lataster A, Huygen F, Mekhail van Kleef M (Eds.). (2012). Evidence-based Interventional Pain Practice: According to Clinical Diagnoses. New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell.

Waldman, S.D. (1998). Atlas of Interventional Pain Management. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Co.

Wall, P.D., & Melzack, R. (Eds.) (1994) Textbook of Pain. (3rd ed.). Edinburgh, Scotland: Churchill Livingstone.

FIPP Testimonials

Philippe Mavrocordatos MD, FIPP WIP Honorary Secretary Lausanne, Switzerland


Lausanne, Switzerland

Dear Friends,

I was recently asked what I would say to someone who was considering taking the Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP)® Examination. When I took my FIPP exam in 2007, I already had 10 years of interventional pain practice, excellent training, and felt quite confident in my daily routine. By chance, I met some colleagues who suggested me to take the FIPP exam. I did not feel I really needed it, but found the idea interesting. Well, I didn’t know how much this exam would change my professional life.

Locally, my daily practice improved significantly. The FIPP certification made me feel more confident, I was up to date with my readings and also with my techniques. Interestingly, it also had an important impact on my referrals, as local physicians knew they had a real specialist to talk to and not just another anesthesiologist doing pain.

Nationally, it helped me build up our interventional pain society, and I based our post-graduate education on clear and validated criteria to set up and develop the pain specialty. I also knew I could count on the support of my FIPP peers for questions and exchanges.

Internationally, it was probably for me the biggest surprise. I got invited to teach, and to examine colleagues who now are close friends, people with whom I have frequent exchanges. We have common projects and learn from each other.

For me, the FIPP exam and the WIP organization in general changed my understanding of pain and made me a part of a worldwide network; I now feel part of this professional family!

I hope these words will encourage you to study for and take the Fellow of Interventional Pain Practice (FIPP)® Examination in the near future. It changed my life, and will change yours as well!



Contact the Board of Examination

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Registrar of Examination

Monique Steegers, MD, PhD, FIPP
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Examination Program Director

D. Mark Tolliver, MA
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