Friday, February 28 (17)

2:45 PM–3:45 PM

Addressing Controversies Around Epidural Steroid Injections (212)

This session will explore the evidence for opioid sparing, improved function, and surgery prevention from treatment by epidural steroid injection (ESI) and explore other controversies around ESI.

Session Introduction

Samer Narouze

Evidence for Opioid Sparing, Improved Function, and Surgery Prevention

Dermot Maher

Transforaminal vs. Interlaminar Epidural Injection: When to Perform, When to Inject

David Kennedy

Should Anticoagulants Be Held Before ESI?

Susan Moeschler

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze the literature regarding ESI outcomes: opioid sparing, improved function, and surgery prevention.
  • Develop a plan for when to perform TF vs. IL ESI and how to integrate it into a multimodal plan of care.
  • Assess the pros and cons of using nonparticulate vs. particulate steroids, and recognize the impact of managing anticoagulants with ESI.
2:45 PM–3:45 PM

Women’s Issues and Gender Bias in Pain Treatment, Research & Policy: An Interactive Multidisciplinary Panel (211)

Join us for an interactive, multidisciplinary panel and rich discussion of issues common to women in the broad field of pain medicine. Learn from senior and junior women as their share their trials, tribulations and successful navigation of challenging issues -- such as gender bias -- and hear their wisdom on how to avoid common pitfalls facing women today. The panel includes a pain physician fellow, a senior clinical pain research professor and psychologist, an NIH basic science program officer, and the director of a pain fellowship program. The session strongly emphasizes audience engagement and participation. The panel composition was selected for panelist diversity in age, career stage, professional discipline, and ethnic/racial group. Come be a part of this special session of women helping women! (Men welcome too.)

NCCIH Basic Science Program Officer

Inna Belfer

Senior Clinical Pain Research Professor

Tonya Palermo

Pain Medicine Fellow

Juliet Gaisey

Pain Fellowship Program Director

ToNhu Vu

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss 3 challenges women face in the broad fields of pain medicine and research.
  • List 2 strategies that can be applied to mitigate professional gender bias.
  • List 2 resources that can help women address professional gender bias.
2:45 PM–3:45 PM

Lumbar Facet Block and Radiofrequency Ablation International Consensus Guidelines Part 1 (210)

This symposium presents the findings of an international consortium of pain medicine and governmental organizations on the treatment of lumbar facet joint pain to include patient selection, performance and interpretation of diagnostic blocks, and optimization of radiofrequency ablation outcomes.

Guideline Questions, Methodology and Patient Selection: How Many Blocks, Cutoff for a Positive Block, and Are Medial Branch or Intra-Articular Injections Better?

Steven Cohen

Imaging and Facet Pain: Evidence for Pre-Block Imaging and Imaging for the Performance Facet Blocks

W. Michael Hooten

What is the Evidence for Larger Lesions and Parallel Electrode Orientation?

David Provenzano

What Volume(s) Should be Used for Medial Branch Blocks and Intra-Articular Injections?

Jee Youn Moon

Learning Objectives:

  • Review selection criteria for “diagnostic” facet blocks.
  • Assess how to maximize lesion size and its relationship to RF ablation success rate.
  • Identify the issues surrounding patient selection for clinical practice and clinical trials.
2:45 PM–3:45 PM

How to Get Your Research Funded (209)

This session provides a comprehensive overview for any clinician interested in pursuing a career in clinical research. A National Institutes of Health (NIH) program officer will decode funding opportunities for further research training, career development, and educational loan repayment. The productive mentor-mentee relationship will be discussed in the context of developing successful grant applications.

Advice for the Junior Investigator: Tips for Getting Started

Jennifer Hah

Mapping NIH Funding Opportunities to Career Stage

Yu Lin

Career Paths for the Clinician Scientist

Sean Mackey

Intellectual Property

Kayode Williams

AAPM's Research Grants Program

Robert Hurley, Norman Harden

Industry Funding

Norman Harden

NIH Research

Linda L. Porter

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify paths available at all career stages, from trainee to faculty, to pursue a career as a clinician scientist.
  • Compare NIH funding mechanisms available for research support, educational loan repayment, postdoctoral research training, and career development and to select appropriate funding opportunities given an individual’s research training and experience to date.
  • Demonstrate understanding of successful components of the mentor-mentee relationship and the critical role mentorship plays in supporting a clinician's research training and activities as well as to review the grant application process and components critical to writing a competitive grant application.

This session does not offer CME.


Yu Lin

Sean Mackey

Kayode Williams

Robert Hurley

Norman Harden

Linda L. Porter


Jennifer Hah

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