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.

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.
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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