Capstone Project

“A Knowledge and Experience Synthesis”

The capstone project provides students the opportunity to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to comprehensively address a clinical, public health and/or social problem pertaining to pain. All MS-PREP students are required to complete a capstone project over two adjacent semesters during the final year of the program, with the first semester devoted to planning and the second semester to the implementation of the project. The capstone project should use approaches from research, education and/or policy to address real-world pain issues. It should be structured with a clearly defined beginning, middle, and end, and be sufficiently detailed and rigorous to require a minimum of 120 hours of work to implement the project. By the end, the student will have developed a deliverable regarding a pain issue for the Preceptor and/or agency.

Sample capstone projects:

  • “Establishing and Maintaining Successful Chronic Pain Medical Group Visits Using an Empowerment Model,” Greater Lawrence Family Health Center (Lawrence, MA)
  • “Continuing Medical Education: The Role of the DEA Controlled Substance Act in Pain Management,” Division of Pain Management, Mass General Hospital, (Boston, MA)
  • “Healthcare Volunteer Organization Effectiveness: Analysis of the Active State Pain Initiatives,” Curtis Consulting, Mass Pain Initiative (Greenfield, MA); PHFM (Boston, MA),
  • “Trends of Palliative Care in Urban China,” Evercare Hospice & Palliative Care (Waltham, MA)

For course descriptions, see PREP 251 Capstone Planning and PREP 252 PREP Capstone Implementation.