Burning Mouth Syndrome and Related Orofacial Pain

Category: Interdisciplinary Pain Management

The goal of this course is to provide an interactive learning experience about a 46-year old woman named Beverly with Burning Mouth Syndrome.

Intended Audience

The intended audience for this course is pre-licensure students in the fields of medicine, pharmacy, nursing, physician assistant, and physical therapy.


The length for this course is approximately 60 minutes depending on the individual user. Upon completion of the course, you will get a certificate of completion.

Course Content

This interactive module will cover six parts:

  • Beverly Interview
  • Physical Exam
  • Systems Review
  • Labs and Tests
  • Medications
  • Pain Center

Measurable Outcomes

At the end of this training, you will be able to assess and identify orofacial pain disorders and develop a multidisciplinary treatment plan for Beverly Martin, a 46-year old woman with Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS).

Learning Objectives

At the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe the epidemiology of Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS) and co-morbid conditions.
  • Identify common differential orofacial pain disorders.
  • Identify the basic neuroanatomy of the mouth.
  • Develop multidisciplinary treatment and monitoring plans for a simulated patient with BMS (Beverly).

Certificate of Completion

A Certificate of Completion is awarded on successful completion of this course. In order to successfully complete this course, you MUST:

  • Score 70% or higher on the posttest. If you do not receive 70% on the posttest, you may review the material and re-take the posttest.

Pain Management Domains and Competencies

This module will cover three domains of the Pain Management Competencies, domain 2, 3, and 4.

  1. Domain Two: Pain assessment and measurement:
    1. Use valid and reliable tools for measuring pain and associated symptoms to assess and reassess related outcomes as appropriate for the clinical context and population.
  2. Domain Three: Management of pain
    1. Identify pain treatment options that can be accessed in a comprehensive pain management plan
  3. Domain Four: Clinical conditions: How does context influence pain management?
    1. Describe the unique pain assessment and management needs of special populations.

Presenter(s) and/or Content Experts

Primary Investigator (PI):

  • Christopher Herndon, PharmD

Co-Primary Investigator (Co-PI):

  • Kevin Rowland, PhD
  • Cyril Pandarakalam, DDS
  • Kimberly Zoberi, MD
  • Raymond Tait, PhD
  • McKenzie Ferguson, PharmD
  • Rebecca Luebbert, PhD, RN
  • Gretchen Salsich, PhD, PT

Case Developers & Instructional Design Team:

  • Christopher Herndon, PharmD
  • Kevin Rowland, PhD
  • Cyril Pandarakalam, DDS
  • Kimberly Zoberi, MD
  • Raymond Tait, PhD
  • McKenzie Ferguson, PharmD
  • Rebecca Luebbert, PhD, RN
  • Gretchen Salsich, PhD, PT


  • Tessa Hall


The following organizations collaborated on the design and development of this course: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and Saint Louis University.

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Institutes of Health Pain Consortium, Department of Health and Human Services, HHSN271201500056C/ N01DA-15-4425 with The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville / St. Louis University Center of Excellence in Pain Education (CoEPE).