The AAPM 2020 educational program will be available in fall 2019. In the meantime browse 2019 meeting sessions and speakers to get a sense of the premier pain education offered during the AAPM Annual Meeting & Preconferences. Access recordings of past meeting sessions on demand.

Thursday, March 7 (5)

6-7:30 pm

AAPM35 Welcome Reception

Kick of the meeting in the Resource Center at the AAPM35 Welcome Reception. Socialize and network with colleagues, view scientific poster abstracts, and learn about the newest technologies and products to improve your practice and patient care.

3:30–6 pm

Opening Session: Awards & Basic Science Night (101)

Sensory Disturbances in CRPS: The Robert G. Addison, MD Award Presentation

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a debilitating and very painful condition characterized by sensory, autonomic and motor abnormalities. The condition and sensory disturbances may spread beyond the initial site of injury. The pathophysiology is poorly understood and probably involve multiple mechanisms including neuro-immune interactions, exaggerated neurogenic inflammation, changes in sympathetic function and changes in nociceptive processing. Findings regarding the involvement of changes in nociceptive processing have accumulated over the past decade. Dr. Knudsen will provide an overview of these findings and discuss the consequence of these for our understanding of CRPS.

Nociceptive Processing in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS): The Robert G. Addison, MD Award Presentation

Lone Knudsen, MSc Psych PhD

The Neurobiology of Placebo Analgesia: How Expectation Modulates Pain

Howard L. Fields, MD PhD

Keynote Address - Opioid Crisis: HHS Strategy and Advancing Pain Management

Vanila M. Singh, MD MACM

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the spread of sensory disturbances in CRPS.
  • Describe the contribution of changes in nociceptive processing to CRPS
  • Participants will be able to identify and describe the US Department of Health and Human Services 5-Point Strategy to Combat the Opioid Crisis
  • Participants will be able to identify and describe key points of the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force draft report
Noon–1:30 pm

Lunch CME Satellite Symposia


Noon-12:30 pm

AAPM Lunch Provided

12:30-1:30 pm

Recognition and Management of Migraine in an Era of Expanding Options for Acute Treatment and Prevention

Educational Objectives

  • Apply established screening tools and criteria for migraine diagnosis in clinical practice.
  • Identify data on the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of established and emerging therapeutics for the acute treatment of migraine.
  • Cite updated evidence on available and emerging therapies for the prevention of migraine.
  • Employ strategies to integrate emerging therapies for acute treatment and headache prevention into personalized management plans for patients with migraine if/when these agents are approved in the future.


Migraine, a common neurovascular brain disorder, represents a severe and widespread health problem. In recent years a number of novel therapies for the acute treatment and prevention of migraine have been developed. These include centrally acting serotonin (5HT1F) agonists and therapies directed against the calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) ligand and its receptor. During this PeerView Live lunch symposium, after briefly reviewing how migraine can be identified in clinical practice, experts in the management of this neurologic disorder will discuss the latest data on emerging therapies for the acute treatment of migraine, assess current data on approved and emerging anti-CGRP monoclonal antibodies for migraine prevention, and highlight key considerations for using these therapies in clinical practice.

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Stewart J. Tepper, MD, FAHS

Robert P. Cowan, MD, FAAN, FAHS

8 am–3:30 pm

Ultrasound-Guided Acute and Chronic Pain Medicine Interventions Preconference (002) Featured

The field of pain medicine ultrasonography is rapidly evolving with new applications for acute and chronic pain that can be rapidly applied to clinical practice. Ultrasound guidance offers the potential benefits of accuracy, portability, direct visualization of vasculature and decreased radiation exposure. With improving technology, emerging applications continue to evolve for pain medicine sonography.

This program provides an overview of the advantages and limitations of ultrasound guidance in the practice of pain medicine and provides hands-on applications for the ultrasound novice. The advantages and disadvantages of ultrasound and fluoroscopy also will be discussed. Attendees will practice real-time techniques for common ultrasound procedures and will review the available literature regarding feasibility, safety and outcomes.

Attendees will rotate through live model hands-on stations with a low faculty-to-learner ratios covering treatments listed below. A limited number of reduced-price registrations will be offered for trainees currently enrolled in fellowship programs.

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