The latest updates and information from AAPM regarding its upcoming 36th Annual Meeting and Preconferences in National Harbor, MD.

AAPM 2020 Content Qualifies for 26.5 APA CEs, Including Full-Day Preconference Course Dedicated to Behavioral Medicine

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There is overwhelming evidence supporting the biopsychosocial model of pain treatment and that psychosocial factors play an exceedingly important role in the success of pain treatment. AAPM is dedicated to advocating for this approach to care and to supporting the clinicians interested in implementing behavioral medicine into their practices. To that end, AAPM 2020 features 5 days of dedicated pain education suitable for pain psychologists as well as all pain clinicians with an interest of meeting the biopsychosocial needs of their patients.

2 preconference courses and 41 meeting sessions approved to offer APA CEs

In addition to offering physician and nursing continuing education credit, select AAPM 2020 sessions have also been reviewed and approved by the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP) to offer Continuing Education (CE) credit for psychologists. Learn more about AAPM 2020 continuing medical education information.

Access a full list of AAPM 2020 educational preconference courses and session that have been approved to offer CE for psychologists.

Full-day behavioral pain medicine workshop with some of the most prominent experts in the field on February 27

Chronic pain is most effectively treated through the use of a biopsychosocial model, yet often psychological concepts and treatments are not fully understood and commonly underutilized. The Integrating Behavioral Pain Medicine into Patient Care: Science, Practice, and Innovations preconference course on Thursday, February 27, will increase clinical competency in the biopsychosocial treatment model by equipping learners with skills and resources to engage patients in discussions that facilitate patient receptivity to interdisciplinary care, and equip learners with tools to dismantle resistance and difficult conversations.

The interactive course targets all health care professionals who seek to acquire skills and resources to competently discuss and integrate biopsychosocial treatment principles into their patient pain care plans. Learners will increase proficiency in behavioral pain management in terms of knowledge and clinical practice competency, as well as exploring such vital topics as placebo and addiction. In this interactive session, learners will.

Anyone who treats patients with pain can benefit from participation in this precon. Knowledge regarding pain psychology concepts, diagnostics, and treatment is lacking across professional disciplines. Psychologists, therapists and other pain practitioners struggle to engage patients in psychological treatment. Our course provides specific information to close the knowledge gap for interprofessional attendees and reinforce the science behind the practice.

-Judith Scheman, PhD, Course Co-chair & Presenter

Attendees will leave equipped with knowledge and resources that can be immediately implemented into clinical practice to increase patient receptivity to behavioral pain medicine. Expected outcomes are increased knowledge base about the perception of pain, pain modifiers, and addiction as well as an ability to engage patients in behavioral medicine.

Pain psychologists have a home at AAPM and at the AAPM 2020 Annual Meeting

Psychologists specializing in the treatment and management of patients with pain are welcome members of the Academy. AAPM leadership recently voted to expand Active, voting membership to non-physicians with a doctoral degree in psychology or neuroscience. Learn more about this change, which reflects the Academy’s commitment to advancing and promoting the full spectrum of multidisciplinary pain care through a more inclusive base of Active members.

Additionally, the AAPM Behavioral Medicine/Pain Psychology Shared Interest Group offers a forum at the meeting for behavioral medicine clinicians and psychologists to connect.

Learn about each of AAPM 2020’s expert behavioral medicine and psychology presenters

AAPM is beyond excited to have this all-star lineup of behavioral medicine and pain psychology experts joining us to present in National Harbor:

Registration for the meeting is live, and early-bird rates end January 8, 2020



Leaders in the Field of Neuromodulation to Provide In-Depth Review during AAPM 2020


In the past decade, significant advancements in neuromodulation and spinal cord stimulation (SCS) have offered pain clinicians and their patients a non-opioid treatment alternative to combat pain. Despite these advancements, SCS technology still has a 20% failure rate in long-term SCS therapy, primarily due to loss of analgesic benefit.

The AAPM 2020 Annual Meeting will include an entire neuromodulation special topic track Saturday, February 29-Sunday, March 1, devoted to educating meeting attendees about the latest advancements and updates in the field, including strategies to improve long-term success and clinical trial results of a promising novel SCS system during a 2-part neuromodulation review.

Neuromodulation Review 1 to cover factors that lead to SCS failure and strategies for improved success

Session moderator Lawrence Poree, MD PhD MPH, is clinical professor of anesthesia and director of neuromodulation at the University of California at San Francisco. He will be joined by co-presenters Peter Staats, MD, current Chief Medical Officer at National Spine and Pain and former division chief and director of the pain medicine department at Johns Hopkins University, and Magdalena Anitescu, MD PhD, professor of anesthesia, critical care and pain medicine at the University of Chicago, to discuss spinal cord stimulation.
These expert faculty will speak about what physiological, pharmacological, and electromechanical factors may contribute to SCS failure and what steps can be implemented to improve long-term success.

Neuromodulation Review 2 will dive into ECAP-controlled, closed-loop SCS clinical trial outcomes and SCS for cancer pain

All currently available SCS systems have one thing in common: they are fixed, “open loop” output systems (i.e. the pulse generator delivers a fixed-output of current or voltage, regardless of the spinal cord response). In contrast, evoked compound action potential (ECAP) monitoring-controlled SCS is a SCS system in which the stimulation current or voltage is automatically adjusted in real-time using feedback of spinal cord activation level to maintain a consistent, stable target response regardless of movements or physiological variations (i.e. “closed loop”).

Nagy Mekhail, MD PhD of Cleveland Clinic Spine Center and Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center will moderate this second hour-long session dedicated to reviewing a recently published multicenter, prospective, randomized, double-blind study on this novel “closed loop” SCS system as well as SCS for cancer pain with co-presenters Steven Falowski, MD, and Lisa Stearns, MD. Dr. Falowski is director of functional neurosurgery at Neurosurgical Associates Lancaster. Dr. Stearns is founder and medical director at Center for Pain and Supportive Care.

Explore the full AAPM 2020 Neuromodulation Special Topic Track

Additional neuromodulation track sessions include

Learn about all of the AAPM 2020 neuromodulation special track session presenters, each of whom is a leader in the field:

Registration for the meeting is live, and early-bird rates end January 8, 2020



Cutting Through the Hype: Marijuana and CBD Oil for Pain

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AAPM 2020 Session to Explain the Risks and Benefits of Cannabis Use for Pain Treatment

Join moderator Mark S. Wallace, MD, on Friday, February 28, 11 am-12 pm, during the AAPM 36th Annual Meeting in National Harbor for a session dedicated to helping pain care providers unpack the evidence and indications for TCH/CBD treatments. Dr. Wallace is professor of clinical anesthesiology and the chair, division of pain medicine in the department of anesthesiology, UCSD School of Medicine.



Cannabis products as an alternative to opioids

In 2018, the United States opioid epidemic raged with more than 45,000 overdose deaths. Pain clinicians and patients are increasingly turning to alternative, non-opioid treatments to combat acute and chronic pain, including cannabis products. The strength of evidence to support using cannabis to treat pain is not widely understood. This session will review the available evidence and includes a talk from Dr. Wallace that specifically addresses the question of whether cannabis should be used to reduce opioid use.

Understanding the biology of the endocannabinoid system

The February 28 session will also address the biology of cannabis. David A. Edwards, MD PhD, chief of the division of pain medicine at Vanderbilt, will deliver a talk that discusses how exogenous cannabinoids are hypothesized to treat pain.

What about CBD oil for pain?

The U.S. marketplace has been flooded with CBD oil products that are promoted for all kinds of uses, including pain management. Thomas P. Pittelkow, DO MPH, assistant professor of anesthesiology in the division of pain medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, will speak directly to the risks and benefits of CBD oil for pain.

Registration for the meeting is live, and early-bird rates end January 8, 2020.



Announcing the Winning AAPM 2020 Scientific Poster Abstracts

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6 Award-Winning Poster Authors Invited to Present during AAPM 2020

AAPM 2020 will highlight the most cutting-edge pain research of the year. From a record number of posters that were submitted for the meeting, the AAPM Poster Committee has selected the following six researchers to present their work during live concurrent sessions at the meeting:

Nathan Anderson, BA MDiv

Identifying Phenotypic Subpopulations of Chronic Pain Patients Using K-Means Cluster Analysis of Body Map Data

Robert Bolash, MD

Analysis of the Validity of Factors Predicting Performance in a Multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Fellowship Program

Shrif Costandi, MD

Sleep Quality Improvements Observed in the Evoke Study of ECAP Measurement and ECAP-Controlled Closed-Loop SCS

Timothy Deer, MD

ECAP-Controlled Closed-Loop SCS: Double-Blind, Randomized Trial for the Treatment of Chronic Pain – 12-Month Outcomes

Sean McDermott, MD

Applying Machine Learning to Decrease Research Chart Reviews of Electronic Health Records: A Method of Automated Opioid Medication Classification for Pain Medicine Research

Nathaniel Schuster, MD

Factors Related to Chronic Pain Patients' Decision to Initiate Behavioral Pain Treatment Following Their Pain Specialist Referral

Each of these poster authors will present their work live one of the following sessions on Friday, February 28:

Poster Research Highlights #1

Poster Research Highlights #2

Thank you to everyone who participated in the AAPM 2020 call for scientific poster abstracts. More than 130 posters will be on display throughout the meeting, February 26-March 1, 2020, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD.

Registration for the meeting is live, and early-bird rates end January 8, 2020.



AAPM Headed Back to East Coast

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AAPM returns to the east coast for a 5-day educational and networking event, AAPM2020.

AAPM 2020 will take place February 26-March 1, 2020, in National Harbor, MD, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Three preconference courses will kick off the meeting on February 26 and 27, and the AAPM 36th Annual Meeting runs Thursday evening, February 27, through Sunday afternoon, March 1. View the full schedule.

Many AAPM members and meeting-goers may remember the last time the Academy brought its meeting out east in March 2015. That year we were overwhelmed by the support of our regional members and partners, and we're looking forward to garnering the same level of participation and enthusiasm in 2020.

The AAPM2020 weekend program was designed with local pain professionals in mind.

Full meeting or single-day registration options are available allowing attendees to design the meeting experience that best fits their schedule. The Program Committee made a special effort to pack the Saturday and Sunday educational session lineups with content pertinent to government employees, such as those working with and for the VA and/or DoD,. Highlights include:

National Harbor's convenient location - just south of Washington D.C. on the banks of the Potomac River - makes it easy to get to.

The area is serviced by both Reagan National Airport as well as Washington Dulles International Airport. Ground transportation options for those arriving by train or car are also available and convenient. Learn more about how to get to National Harbor.

The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center offers the perfect backdrop for the must-attend pain meeting of the year.

Attendees will experience the convenience of staying in a resort immediately adjacent to the Convention Center, where all meeting activities will take place. Plus the resort offers on-site amenities like award-winning restaurants, a full-service spa, and lush indoor gardens. Book rooms at the Gaylord National Resort at reduced AAPM rates.

Register early to get the best meeting rates!

Early-bird pricing ends January 8, 2020.



AAPM 2020 Program to Highlight Innovation, Technology in Pain Medicine

If you can only attend one pain meeting in 2020, the AAPM Annual Meeting in National Harbor, MD, is the must-attend event.

- Tim Lamer, MD, AAPM President

AAPM 2020 will feature 5 packed days of can't-miss pain medicine education and networking for the entire pain care team.

Taking place February 27 through March 1, 2020 in National Harbor, MD, the meeting will focus on the theme Innovation and Technology in Pain Medicine. A dedicated team of AAPM member leaders, including Program Committee Co-Chairs Steven Cohen, MD, and Patrick Tighe, MD, have developed a program designed to assist pain medicine clinicians in treating their patients with a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, patient-centered approach to pain care. Sessions will also feature the latest in pain science and more than 100 scientific poster abstracts will be presented throughout the meeting.


Registration for the meeting is now open.


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