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AAPM 2021


AAPM 2021 will take place February 3-7, 2021 in Phoenix, AZ.

 Join the AAPM 2021 mail list to receive the latest news and information about the meeting, including when the call for session proposals and scientific poster abstracts become available.




Conference Brochure

Download the conference brochure and learn about the AAPM2021 program, venue, and faculty.

AAPM 2021 highlights the theme Innovation & Technology in Pain Medicine and will be held February 3-7 in Phoenix.

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Call for Sessions

Call for Sessions

Call for Educational Session Proposals Now Open

Submit your proposal by June 17, 5 pm CT.

The AAPM Annual Meeting is the must-attend meeting of the year for clinicians treating patients in pain, making it the perfect venue to disseminate important information to the entire field. AAPM 2021 will bring together specialists of varying modalities and disciplines to address evidence-based, innovative best practices that treat the whole patient through multimodal and multidisciplinary approaches and will allow clinicians to more fully incorporate multimodal pain care efficiently and effectively into their practices.Educational session proposals are now being accepted for the AAPM 37th Annual Meeting, February 3-7, 2021, in Phoenix, AZ.

The meeting will highlight critical components of multidisciplinary care, including:

  • Academic and research
  • Acute pain/preventing transition to chronic pain
  • Basic & translational science
  • Cancer pain
  • Diagnostics and imaging sciences
  • Integrative and transdisciplinary care
  • Pain treatment for special patient populations
  • Pharmacotherapies
  • Physical and behavioral therapies
  • Practice management
  • Pro/con debate
  • Procedural and surgical interventions

Visit the AAPM 2021 Submission Center to learn more and propose educational sessions. The deadline to submit proposals is Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 5 pm CT. Please note no extensions will be granted.


The AAPM 2021 Annual Meeting Program Committee will review educational session submissions and announce those that have been accepted for presentation in fall 2020.


Corporate Showcases

Thank you to all of the AAPM35 Corporate Showcase presenters and attendees. Several 30-minute Showcase sessions took place throughout the meeting in the Resource Center featuring the latest treatments, products, services, and programs to enhance patient care and outcomes in the field of pain medicine.

Enhanced DDI Identification and Patient Care with InterACT Rx

Presented by Aegis Sciences Corporation.

How Can Pain Medicine Physicians Change Public Policy to Increase Access to Comprehensive, Multidisciplinary, Multimodal Pain Care?

Presented by American Medical Association.

Out of My Head Migraine Documentary Highlights and CHAMP Discussion of New Treatment Options

Presented by CHAMP. Sponsored by Eli Lilly.

SPRINT® PNS: Percutaneous Peripheral Nerve Stimulation for the Interventional Physician

Presented by SPR Therapeutics.


Poster Information

AAPM Is a Major Force in Advancing the Practice of Pain Medicine through Research

As a catalyst for initiating investigative research critical to the advancement of pain medicine as a specialty, AAPM offers unequaled opportunities for clinicians to advance knowledge and improve skills in the management of pain. AAPM is dedicated to its mission of advancing and promoting the full spectrum of multidisciplinary pain care, education, advocacy, and research to improve function and quality of life for people in pain.

Download 2020 Poster Abstracts

Poster Awards

The 2020 Scientific Poster Abstract Committee selected 6 scientific poster abstract submitters to present their research during a live educational session at the Annual Meeting. Read about the 2020 poster winners.

For Poster Presenters

Poster presenters can access important information about their participation in the AAPM Annual Meeting by reading these Poster Presenter Guidelines.

View tips for promoting your poster on social media. Don't forget to tag your posts with #AAPM2020!


AAPM Annual Meeting On Demand Courses


See everything you liked best -- or everything you missed -- with AAPM 2020 On Demand

Review educational highlights or sessions you missed at AAPM 2020 by purchasing AAPM Annual Meeting On Demand, a collection of recordings from the 36th Annual Meeting and preconference courses. AAPM 2020 On Demand allows you to view presentations you weren't able to attend live in National Harbor or refer back to content of interest with a full library of course and session voiceover PowerPoint videos—all from the comfort of your home or office.

The following AAPM 2020 activities were recorded and are now available in the AAPM Education Center as on-demand courses:

If you preordered AAPM 2020 on demand courses, log in to the AAPM Education Center to access your content.

2020 AAPM Annual Meeting On Demand Rate
Nonmember $600
Member $400
Pharmacologic Management of Pain On Demand Rate
Nonmember $400
Member $250
Behavioral Pain Medicine On Demand Rate
Nonmember $400
Member $250

2020 AAPM Annual Meeting On Demand

More than 50 meeting sessions focusing on the theme, Innovation & Technology in Pain Medicine and addressing topics such as:

  • Procedural and surgical pain management interventions, applying image-guided, minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat pain conditions
  • Complementary and integrative mechanisms for treating pain
  • Non-pharmacological pain management treatments, including physical and behavioral therapies
  • Interactive patient care technologies to better manage pain expectations and perceptions, including a focus on caring for special populations, such as cancer patients, adolescents, and veterans
  • Bringing research into practice and the latest basic and translational science in the field of pain
  • Practice management tips and tools regarding regulatory, fiscal, and legal/ethical issues.


2020 Pharmacologic Management of Pain On Demand

Presentation topics include:

  • Opioid Pharmacology
  • Monitoring Long-Term Opioid Therapy: Risk Mitigation and CDC Guideline Integration 
  • Opioid Tapering andCase Presentation
  • Anticonvulsants for Neuropathic Pain
  • Analgesic Antidepressants for Chronic Pain
  • Pharmacologic Management of Pain-Related Sleep Disruption
  • Topical Analgesics for Acute and Chronic Pain
  • Muscle Relaxers
  • Arachnoiditis and Aberrant Drug-Related Behavior: Management and Treatment Options
  • Rapid-Fire Pharmacotherapy Review
    -NSAIDs and Muscle Relaxants for Chronic Pain
    -Ketamine for Acute and Chronic Pain
    -Anticoagulant Management in Pain Medicine
    -Pharmacologic Management of Migraine Headache
  • Cannabinoids: From Bench to Bedside to Dispensary
    -Pharmacology of Cannabinoids 
    -Regulatory Environment of Medical Cannabis
    -Integration of Medical Cannabis into Your Clinical Practice
    -Medical Cannabis: Dosing, Dispensaries, and Quality Control


2020 Behavioral Pain Medicine On Demand

Recordings include educational content addressing:

  • Introduction to Behavioral Medicine and New Directions
  • Placebo and Expectations
  • Measurement of Highest Yield Psychological Factors
  • Diagnosing Addiction in Patients on Prescribed Opioids
  • Treatment of Depression and Anxiety Disorders
  • Yes, We Do That Too: The Many Roles for Pain Psychologists
  • Behavioral Interventions for Pain: Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?


Please note CME is not available for AAPM 2020 On Demand courses. Courses will be available in the AAPM Education Center within 2 weeks of the Annual Meeting. Specific presentations with a session may not be available or may be audio only if the presenter has confidential patient information or otherwise declines to be recorded.

2019 AAPM Annual Meeting Courses

  • AAPM 35th Annual Meeting On Demand offers full library of more than 50 AAPM Annual Meeting sessions designed to improve clinicians' practice and ability to coordinate the multidisciplinary pain management team.
  • Pain Medicine Best Practices: Integrative Solutions for Critical Challenges On Demand explores the current evidence, best practices, and emerging therapies for the treatment of chronic pain.
  • Opioid and Non-Opioid Medications Management: Filling the Gaps, Prescribing for the Whole Patient On Demandprovides timely, practical information about the pharmacologic management of chronic pain.

2018 AAPM Annual Meeting Courses

  • AAPM 2018 Annual Meeting On-Demand sessions address a challenge among all healthcare providers, the patients clinicians care for, and the communities they live in: balancing the need for improving comprehensive pain care while responding to the growing societal epidemic of prescription opioid and opioid-related overdose and deaths.
  • Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Pain-Based Care provides full access to the 2018 AAPM Annual Meeting preconference on the philosophy and benefits of interdisciplinary pain management. In light of the National Pain Strategy and treatment guidelines supporting a shift towards population-based multidisciplinary care, the role of structured interdisciplinary treatment programs and team-based care has found itself at the frontline of pain management. These recordings provide a broad stakeholder examination of multi- and inter-disciplinary pain management programs.
  • Pain Medicine Best Practices: Integrative Solutions for Critical Challenges provides full access to the 2018 AAPM Annual Meeting preconference that was designed for pain specialists and subspecialists, primary care providers, and trainees interested in learning how to optimize the management of chronic pain with opioid analgesics and non-opioid therapies.

Access all AAPM on demand education in the AAPM Education Center.



AAPM members receive reduced-price registration rates. Members consistently rank the annual meeting as one of the most important membership benefits. Not a member? Join today and become part of the premier association for pain.*

In addition to reduced-price meeting registration, AAPM members enjoy the following benefits:

  • a subscription to Pain Medicine, a monthly peer-reviewed indexed journal
  • reduced member pricing on on-demand education products
  • a subscription to AAPM E-News, a biweekly e-newsletter with the most current information on pain medicine
  • access to an online library of pain medicine resources, position statements, and coding information
  • access to AAPM’s Career Center.

Join-and-Register Rates

AAPM Join-and-Register* Annual Meeting, February 27–March 1By Dec. 8After Dec. 8

AAPM Active Member



AAPM Affiliate Member



AAPM Student/Resident/Trainee Member



Student/Resident/Trainee Member



The early bird deadline is December 8, 2020. The deadline for join-and-register offers is February 3, 2021, at 11:59 pm CT.  

*Individuals who are affiliated with a pharmaceutical company; device manufacturer; medical, healthcare education, or communications company; screening lab; or other AAPM sponsor or exhibitor are not eligible for join-and-register rates. Industry attendees must register at the industry rate regardless of membership status.

How to Join-and-Register

  1. Add a membership near the end of registration on the ‘Registration Summary’ tab by clicking ‘Save to Cart and Become a Member’. Visit the AAPM website for more information about membership.
  2. Call AAPM Member Services at 847-375-4731.




AAPM Exhibits & Sponsorship Opportunities

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AAPM 2021 Annual Meeting Commercial Opportunities for Industry Partners

AAPM has evolved over the past 37 years as the premier organization for clinicians with a sustained interest in pain disorders and their management.

The practice of pain medicine is multidisciplinary in approach, incorporating modalities from various specialties to ensure the comprehensive evaluation and treatment of the pain patient. Pain medicine is recognized as a discrete specialty by the American Medical Association (AMA), and AAPM is the only comprehensive pain medicine organization with representation in the AMA.

Industry partners looking to reach clinicians specializing in pain medicine and their team members are invited to participate in the AAPM Annual Meeting and Preconferences by exhibiting and maximizing their presence by taking advantage of sponsorship opportunities including commercially supported satellite symposia and industry sponsored posters. Materials regarding these opportunities will be available end of the summer 2020.

Reach clinicians and their team that are specializing in pain medicine.

Media Resources AAPM 2021: Effective Pain Care is Multimodal

The AAPM Annual Meeting is the must-attend meeting of the year for the entire pain care team. It brings together specialists of varying modalities and disciplines to address evidence-based, innovative best practices that treat the whole patient through multimodal and multidisciplinary approaches.

The Academy is continuing to plan for an in-person meeting to take place. For the first time this year, we anticipate offering virtual participation in the live AAPM Annual Meeting. No matter the delivery, we will use these dates of February 3-7, 2021 to gather members of the pain medicine community for our annual meeting, and we hope you will participate.

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Networking Activities


The AAPM Annual Meeting is the must-attend meeting of the year because it brings together a multidisciplinary group of pain medicine clinicians. A full schedule of networking activities taking place during AAPM 2020 in National Harbor, MD will be available in fall 2019. Highlights are expected to include:

Problem Based Learning Discussions

Step out of the convention center on Saturday night, February 29, 7-8:30 pm, for an evening of conversation and refreshments during the AAPM 2020 Problem-Based Learning Discussion event at Granite City Food & Brewery in National Harbor, MD.

AAPM 2020 Receptions

Join AAPM leadership, fellow meeting attendees, and industry partners during evening receptions in the Resource Center. Receptions provide an excellent opportunity to socialize and network with colleagues, view more than 180 scientific poster abstracts featuring the latest pain research, and learn about the newest technologies and products to improve your practice and patient care.

Meet the Faculty

AAPM is excited to again feature Meet the Faculty events during meeting breaks. Plan to attend in the Resource Center during the following times for the opportunity to get your questions answered by pain medicine experts and engage in discussion with fellow meeting attendees.

Behavioral Pain Medicine MTF:  Thursday 5:30-6pm

Invited faculty: Daniel Bruns, Luana Colloca, Ed Covington, Beth Darnall, Francis Keefe, Tonya Palermo, Judith Scheman, Brennan Spiegel, Ajay Wasan

Neuromodulation MTF:  Friday 10:15-10:45am

Invited faculty: Magdalena Anitescu, Tim Lamer, Michael Leong, Lawrence Poree, David Provenzano, Peter Staats

Cannabis and Pain MTF:  Friday 4-4:30pm

Invited faculty: David Edwards, Thomas Pittelkow, Mark Wallace

Meet the Research Experts:  Friday 6-6:30pm (already invited)

Invited faculty: Robert Bolash, Rollin Gallagher, Jennifer Hah, Marie Hanna, Norman Harden, W. Michael Hooten, Robert Hurley, Yu Lin, Sean Mackey, Linda Porter, Rachel Safer, Kayode Williams 

Interventional Management of Pain MTF: Saturday 10:30-11am

Invited faculty: Steven Cohen, Mike Hooten, Robert Hurley, Samer Narouze, David Provenzano

AAPM Shared Interest Groups (SIGs)

Meeting registrants are invited to participate in SIG meetings, offering an opportunity for attendees to connect with a niche community of practitioners who share similar interests. Meeting times and locations will be posted as they become available. The following AAPM SIGs will meet in Denver:

  • Acute Pain Medicine
  • Interdisciplinary Pain Medicine
  • Federal Medicine
  • Headache and Orofacial Pain Medicine
  • Pain Psychology
  • Primary Care
  • Resident Fellow Education
  • Women in Pain Medicine

Learn more about AAPM SIGs.

AAPM Town Hall

It’s an extraordinary time as the specialty of pain medicine undergoes dynamic changes and endures continuing challenges. The AAPM Town Hall will offer an opportunity to discuss the changing landscape of pain medicine with fellow pain practitioners and stakeholders.

Resource Center

The AAPM Resource Center is home base for AAPM Annual Meeting networking events. At the Resource Center, you can

  • Enjoy complimentary beverages and network with colleagues during meeting breaks.
  • Continue your education by viewing scientific poster abstract presentations.
  • Visit the AAPM booth to learn about membership, education products, and the AAPM Foundation.
  • Meet exhibitors presenting the latest information that will benefit your practice and patients and compare relevant products and services in one convenient place.
  • Attend short programming at Presentation Centre that will demonstrate multimodal methods of pain management.
  • Relax and recharge in the AAPM Lounge.

Commercially Supported Satellite Symposia


AAPM would like to thank our industry partners for their participation in at the 2020 Annual Meeting and Preconference Commercially Supported Satellite Symposia (CSS). These CSS are satellite events and not part of the official AAPM Annual Meeting, They are planned solely by the sponsoring companies and their medical communication firms.

We invite you to attend the CSS to gain comprehensive insight into important topics and issues facing today’s pain specialists. This year we are offering both certified and non-certified symposia. CSS descriptions for certified activities, faculty disclosures and procedure for obtaining CME credit will be provided by individual organizers.

Registration is not required; however, seating is limited for all events. We recommend arriving at the event early. Breakfast and lunch sponsored by AAPM will be provided prior to the CSS. There are no fees to attend any of these CSS. Nonmedical professionals or members of industry may only be allowed to participate at the discretion of the CSS sponsoring company.

CME Satellite Symposia

Non-CME Satellite Symposia

For more information, please review our CSS brochure.

Please contact Kathryn Checea, Director of Professional Relations, with any questions at 847-375-4765 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..