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Call for Sessions

Call for Sessions

Call for Educational Session Proposals Now Closed

Thank you to everyone who participated in the call for educational sessions. Decisions will be announced in Fall 2019.

The AAPM Annual Meeting is the perfect venue to disseminate important information to the entire field. AAPM Annual Meeting faculty represent some of the foremost leaders in the multidisciplinary, multimodal practice of pain management. Faculty members receive complimentary meeting registration and reimbursement for select travel expenses and are prominently featured throughout AAPM Annual Meeting publications as well as on the AAPM Annual Meeting microsite and mobile app, where they are recognized with their own personal page that can easily be used to promote their participation in AAPM 2020.

The AAPM 2020 Annual Meeting Program Committee will review educational session submissions and announce those that have been accepted for presentation in fall 2019.

All AAPM 2020 sessions will be recorded and made available online following the meeting in the AAPM Education Center as part of the on demand meeting course, further expanding the reach of your presentation.

Contact AAPM at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 847-375-4731 with questions or concerns about your submission.

AAPM 2020 to Highlight Innovation and Technology in Pain Medicine

Employing a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, patient-centered approach to pain management means staying abreast of the latest and most up-to-date pain management therapies and technical innovations. That's why AAPM 2020 will focus on the theme Innovation and Technology in Pain Medicine.

Accepted proposals will be innovative and interdisciplinary in nature and relevant to one of the broader categories defined below. Presentations selected for the 2020 meeting will seek to improve the evaluation, diagnosis, and multidisciplinary inter-professional treatment for pain disorders. Methodologies to assess and improve the delivery and practice of evidence-based pain care throughout the healthcare continuum and changing healthcare environment should also be included. Proposals should include a descriptive element of audience engagement

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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.

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Identify Sessions of Interest with Special Topic Tracks

The AAPM35 Program Committee has designed special topic tracks to help you navigate the AAPM 35th Annual Meeting program and select sessions that are most relevant to your practice. Five tracks will run throughout the meeting.

Procedural and Surgical Interventions Track

Sessions included will feature newer interventional approaches and include pro/con debates that address various treatments and implantable devices, such as stem cell therapy, radiofrequency, spinal cord stimulation, sacral nerve stimulation, neuromodulation, and other surgical and nonsurgical treatments of various pain conditions including back pain, complex regional pain syndrome, headache, leg pain, neuropathic pain, spinal pain, and pelvic pain.

Procedural and Surgical Interventions Track sessions:

Pain Treatment for Special Populations Track

Sessions included will focus on providing pain care to various special patient populations including the cancer, athlete, obese, adolescent, elderly, and military/veteran patient, among others. Sessions in this track also will address clinicians coping with burnout.

Research: New & Translational Track

Sessions included will highlight new techniques and methodologies used to treat patients and report and analyze treatment outcomes.

Behavioral Medicine/Pain Psychology Track

Sessions will highlight the critical role pain psychology plays in successfully treating the pain patient from a multidisciplinary, team-based approach.

Headache Track

Sessions will focus on the interdisciplinary and interventional treatment of headaches and facial pain.

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AAPM Annual Meeting On Demand Courses

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.

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AAPM Exhibits & Sponsorship Opportunities

AAPM2020 Exhibit

Industry partners looking to reach pain medicine physicians and their team members are invited to participate in the AAPM Annual Meeting and Preconferences by exhibiting and taking advantage of sponsorship opportunities.

Founded in 1983, AAPM has evolved over the past more than 30 years as the premier organization for physicians practicing the specialty of pain medicine in the United States. As the practice of pain medicine has grown, a defined body of knowledge and scope of practice has emerged. 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. At our 36th Annual Meeting, we anticipate an audience of more than 1,000 pain medicine clinicians from across the United States.

Exhibit in the AAPM Resource Center

The AAPM Resource Center (exhibit hall) is designed to complement the educational sessions presented throughout the meeting and networking opportunities to enhance collaboration. Exhibiting in the Resource Center enables you the opportunity to showcase your products and services face-to-face with pain medicine clinicians who want to learn about the latest treatment and devices that enhance patient care and outcomes. Download the AAPM 2020 Exhibitor Prospectus to learn more, and browse the interactive floor plan to select a booth space.

Exhibit Schedule

Thursday, February 27

6–7:30 pm

Friday, February 28

10–11 am
2:30–7:30 pm

Saturday, February 29

10–11:30 am

AAPM Resource Center Traffic Drivers

  • Scientific Posters: AAPM 2020 scientific poster abstracts will be displayed throughout the Resource Center.
  • Corporate Showcases: Corporate Showcase presentations will feature the latest treatments, products, and programs to enhance patient outcomes.
  • Network & Engagement: Attendees will have an opportunity to connect with colleagues and meet with industry partners during unopposed Resource Center hours.
  • Meet the Faculty: Attendees have an opportunity to get their questions answered and engage in discussing with expert faculty members.
  • Presentation Center: Attendees can learn in 10-minute sessions that demonstrate multimodal methods of pain management.
  • Innovation Pavilion: Attendees can take part in hands-on demonstrations of new technologies and innovations for the treatment of pain medicine.

Maximize Your Presence Through Sponsorship

Achieve your objectives with corporate sponsorship and advertising:

  • Drive traffic to your event or exhibit with Onsite Marketing Opportunities, including:
    • Room Drop
    • Bag Insert
    • Mobile App Banner Advertising
    • Floor Clings
    • AAPM Passport Program
  • Host a Corporate Showcase and share your research, products and services, and discuss clinical protocol.
  • Build brand awareness and drive traffic with Billboard Advertising.
  • Become a Corporate Sponsor to increase your visibility and impact with leaders in pain medicine.
  • New ideas are welcome.

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

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Networking Activities

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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:

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:

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.
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Commercially Supported Satellite Symposia

AAPM18 CSS

AAPM will again invite industry partners to submit proposals for Commercially Supported Satellite Symposia (CSS) at the AAPM 36th Annual Meeting and Preconferences, February 26-March 1, 2020, at the National Harbor Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD.

For more information, please review our CSS brochure.

We anticipate an audience of 1,000 pain medicine clinicians from across the United States. CSS are part of the official independent CME and non-CME Program in conjunction with the AAPM Annual Meeting and Preconferences. Independent CME and non-CME CSS are the exclusive venue for education programs supported by grants from the industry held in dedicated time slots.

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..

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Registration Information

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AAPM 2020 registration is expected to open in October 2019. Check back and join our mailing list to ensure you receive the latest updates from AAPM, including when registration and housing open.

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Important Dates*

Late-October 2019: Registration for AAPM 2020 opens
January 8, 2020: AAPM 2020 Early Bird Registration Deadline
February 21, 2020: Advance Registration & Join-and-Register Deadline
February 26-27, 2020: AAPM 2020 Preconferences
February 27-March 1, 2020: AAPM 2020 Annual Meeting

*All dates listed are tentative and subject to change.

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Travel and Housing

National Harbor, MD

National Harbor, MD is located just south of Washington D.C. on the banks of the Potomac River. The area is easily accessible to both Reagan National Airport as well as Washington Dulles International Airport.

Directions to National Harbor

While the monuments, memorials, and museums of Washington D.C. are just a quick trip away, National Harbor itself is committed to providing visitors with a never-ending variety of things to do.

Explore the Waterfront District

Meeting Location

A world-class, four diamond Resort Hotel & Convention Center, the Gaylord National features a 19-story high, glass atrium with lush indoor gardens, award-winning restaurants, a full-service luxury spa & salon, and more. Gaylord National is the perfect place to connect with colleagues and take in 5 days of premier pain medicine education.

National Harbor Convention Center

165 Waterfront St
National Harbor, MD 20745

AAPM 2020 attendees can begin making room reservations within the AAPM block in fall 2019. Check back for additional information and join the AAPM 2020 mailing list to receive the latest updates from AAPM, including when meeting registration and housing become available.

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Innovation & Technology in Pain Medicine

In 2016, an estimated 20.4% of U.S. adults had chronic pain and 8.0% of U.S. adults had high-impact chronic pain (according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), making it one of the most important public health problems of our time both in terms of the number of patients affected and the impact on healthcare costs. Pain medicine specialists know that employing a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, patient-centered approach to pain management means staying abreast of the latest and most up to date complementary and integrative pain management therapies, interventional therapies, neuromodulation, rehabilitative therapies, medical therapies, and the latest technical innovations, especially while we as a specialty and a nation continue to grapple with the opioid crisis. That is why the AAPM 36th Annual Meeting & Preconferences will offer an opportunity for members of the pain care team to join in National Harbor, MD, February 26-March 1, 2020, to discuss, review, and critique the latest innovations and technologies available to pain specialists. Meeting sessions will focus on the theme Innovation & Technology in Pain Medicine and will address 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.

Join AAPM for a 5-day educational event designed to educate and prepare pain medicine specialists for the emerging science, research, and technologies that will improve the future clinical practice of pain medicine. Make sure you receive the latest updates about the meeting, including announcements about the upcoming call for session proposals and scientific poster abstracts, by joining our mailing list.

Join the AAPM 2020 mailing list.

AAPM 2020 Program Planners

AAPM shares its gratitude with members of the Annual Meeting Program Committee and Scientific Poster Abstract Committee. Learn more about these committees, which are chaired by the following volunteer leaders:

Steven P. Cohen, MD
Program Committee Co-Chair

Patrick J. Tighe, MD, MS
Program Committee Co-Chair

Robert Bolash, MD
Scientific Abstract Committee Co-Chair

Marie Hanna, MD
Scientific Abstract Committee Co-Chair

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