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.

It Takes a Village to Raze a Headache: Interdisciplinary Management of Primary Headaches (312)

Migraine headache can be challenging to manage due to its presentation as a chronic condition with acute episodes. Optimal management of migraines requires an interdisciplinary approach that addresses the wide range of biopsychosocial factors that play a role in its onset and maintenance. Through representative case presentations, this course will illustrate best practices for comprehensive care of patients with difficult to manage headaches.

Psychological Approaches to Headache Management

Ravi Prasad, PhD

Medical Approaches to Headache Management

Robert Cowan, MD

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the acute and chronic components of migraine headache.
  • Discuss the medical treatment interventions used to treat migraine headache.
  • Apply the psychological treatment interventions used to treat migraine headache.

Ravi Prasad, PhD


Robert P. Cowan, MD

Just the Facts, Ma’am: A Broad Overview of Evidence-Based Pain Psychology Treatments (311)

These sessions will equip participants with knowledge on the efficacy of pain psychology interventions in light of the changing healthcare environment. The session will highlight special applications of pain psychology such as brief interventions and group based treatments.

Where the Past Meets the Future: Pain Psychology in a Changing World

Judith Schman, PhD

Just the Facts, Ma’am: A Broad Overview of Evidence-Based Pain Psychology Treatments

Alison M. Vargovich, PhD

Learning Objectives:

  • Demonstrate increased knowledge of the evidence supporting pain psychology interventions.
  • Deliver brief interventions based in the science of pain psychology.
  • Develop, implement and deliver group interventions that can be tailored for various complexities and types of pain.

Pain Management in Service Members and Veterans (309)

The last 18 years of armed conflict, the longest in the nation's history, have resulted in unique challenges to Service members and Veterans in both acute and chronic pain management. The DoD and VHA response to pain management during the war represents a unique opportunity to evaluate how these large federal systems, representing almost 20 million beneficiaries, are improving pain management systems. This program outlines the federal response to the pain management crisis and concurrent opioid epidemic within a high functioning population tasked with defending this country. Federal medicine's adoption of innovative spine procedures, incorporation of integrative health into a stepped collaborative biopsychosocial care model, and new patient reported outcome standards in the management of pain provide opportunities for early civilian adoption of these advances. Civilian systems will benefit from observing how these changes have impacted federal medicine.

Interventional Treatment of Back Pain in Service Members & Veterans

Steven P. Cohen, MD

VA Collaborative Stepped Care Model for Pain

Friedhelm Sandbrink, MD

DoD Pain Patient Reported Outcomes Measures

Chester “Trip” Buckenmaier III, MD COL (Ret.) MC USA

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify service members and veterans who may benefit from procedural interventions for spine pain
  • Describe how integrative health modalities have complemented and enhanced more standard pain management approaches.
  • Discuss the importance of quality patient reported outcomes data to evaluate the success of both individual patient interventions and overall pain management system changes.
11:15 am–12:15 pm Saturday, March 9

Chronic Pain Patient-Physician Scenarios Which Can Lead to Violence (307)

This session will deal with research on chronic pain patient [cpp] anger, violence ideation, predictors of violence ideation,scenarios leading to potential violence, predictors for potential violent behavior and violence prevention techniques.

Current Research Evidence on Anger/Violence Ideation/Scenarios for Violence Ideation in Chronic Pain Patients

David A. Fishbain, MD

Violence Prevention Techniques for Chronic Pain Patients

W. Michael Hooten, MD

Learning Objectives:

  • Assess the current status of chronic pain patient violence research.
  • Describe some violence prevention techniques which can be applied to the chronic pain patient-pain clinician interaction.
11:15 am–12:15 pm Saturday, March 9

Treating Pain in the Elderly (305)

This session seeks to focus on pain in the elderly, understanding best practices in treatment including pharmacologic, interventional, and non-pharmacologic treatments. Furthermore, the focus of minimizing delirium and assessing dementia will be discussed.

Assessing Pain in the Elderly

M. Cary Reid, MD, PhD

Avoiding Delerium and Dementia

Neel D. Mehta, MD

Interventional Techniques—What's New and What to Watch Out For?

Mehul Desai, MD

Learning Objectives:

  • Define safe pharmacologic choices in treatment of pain in the elderly.
  • Discuss delirium and dementia.
9:15–10:15 am Saturday, March 9

Poster Research Highlights #2 (304)

Increasing both the quality and quantity of scientific pain research is a primary goal of the AAPM Annual Meeting. The Scientific Poster Abstract Committee has selected two of the highest ranking, most novel 2019 poster submissions for live presentation in this session.

Pain Catastophizing Trajectories Preoperatively to 6 Months Postoperatively: A Longitudinal, Prospective, Observational Study

Alexandra Kane, BS

Functional Recovery Program: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Treating Chronic Pain

Kaivalya Deshpande, MD

A Diffusion Tensor Protocol for the Stria Medullaris in Chronic Pain Patients


Learning Objectives:

  • Identify areas of current interest in pain research.
  • Describe heterogeneous clinical trial design methods used to study patients with chronic pain.
9:15–10:15 am Saturday, March 9

Patient-Centered Prescription Opioid Tapering: Recipes for Success Across Practice Settings (303)

This session describes low-cost, low-risk, scalable methods to engage patients in compassionate opioid tapering across practice settings. Faculty are opioid tapering experts (2 physicians and a psychologist) from VA, community, and academic settings. Become equipped to screen and partner with patients, implement a successful taper, manage pitfalls, and optimize results.

Threading the Needle: Psychological Strategies to Achieve the Goals of Opioid De-Prescribing and Patient-Centered Pain Care

Beth Darnall, PhD

Opioid Tapering in the VA Healthcare System: Resources, Pitfalls, and Best Practices

Aram Mardian, MD

Boots on the Ground for the Private Practice Prescriber: Patient-Centered Opioid Tapering

Richard L. Stieg, MD

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the results for pragmatic patient-centered prescription opioid tapering research.
  • List 3 core principles of patient-centered prescription opioid tapering.
  • List 3 psychological and medical strategies that enhance patient engagement and response to outpatient prescription opioid tapering.
9:15–10:15 am Saturday, March 9

Chronic Pain in Children and Adolescents: The Tip of the Iceberg! (301)

This session will discuss a variety of common pain syndromes in children and adolescents including but not limited to chronic headaches, abdominal pain, complex regional pain syndromes and back pain. The session will guide the attendees to use an evidenced-based approach to current therapeutic options for managing pain.

Chronic Pain in Children: Epidemiology and Assessment

Santhanam Suresh, MD

Chronic Pain in Children: Therapeutic Options

Ravi Shah, MD

Learning Objectives:

  • Assess chronic pain in children.
  • Develop treatment plans using evidence-based approaches.
  • Develop skills for prognosticating pain syndromes in children.

Santhanam Suresh, MD


Ravi Shah, MD

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