The latest updates and information from AAPM regarding its upcoming 34th Annual Meeting and Preconferences in Vancouver.

Announcing the New Interdisciplinary Preconference Event

Developed in collaboration with the AAPM Interdisciplinary Pain Medicine Shared Interest Group Lead by Co-Chairs James W. Atchison, DO and Ravi Prasad, PhD the Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Pain-Based Care AAPM 2018 Annual Meeting Pre-Conference Program takes place, Thursday, April 26 from 7:30 am-4:45 pm.

This preconference has been expanded to provide a broad stakeholder examination of multi- and inter-disciplinary pain management programs. Participants will be highly engaged throughout the day, rotating through active workshop breakout sessions and participating in didactic lectures and panel discussions that have been designed to incorporate attendee ideas and experiences.

“It is hoped that participants will develop an understanding of the role of interdisciplinary care in pain management, awareness of the specific roles that other disciplines play in managing pain, and obstacles to implementing interdisciplinary care and potential pathways to address them and use this knowledge to help increase access to interdisciplinary care for those living with pain in their communities,” says course co-director Ravi Prasad, PhD.

The preconference will open with an introduction from AAPM President Dr. Stanos, and continue with lectures on the Current State of Interdisciplinary Treatment Programs, philosophy and benefits of interdisciplinary pain management, and Medication Optimization among other topics.

Expert faculty will provide guidance on developing treatment teams, available outcomes tools, incorporating opioid reductions into practice, and assessing patients in order to determine appropriate candidates for this type of care. Attendees will then rotate through four small group breakout sessions featuring hands-on training in clinical psychology, biofeedback, and physical and occupational therapy with leaders in the field.

The program will conclude with an Interactive Pain Programs Fair where attendees sign up for a “table” where they can display an overview of their own programs. Registrants will give a 2-3 min description of their program then be approached to represent their local programs for all attendees by a facilitator.

View the full program and register now

Congratulations to the 2018 AAPM Pain Medicine Fellows Scholarship Program Winners

Each year, the Academy honors individuals who display leadership qualities in the pain medicine field. The goal of the scholarship program is to give future leaders in the pain medicine field the opportunity to engage with current thought leaders and researchers. The AAPM Pain Medicine Fellows Scholarship Program is offered annually to fellows currently enrolled in an accredited ACGME or AOA Pain Medicine Fellowship Program.

The Academy is pleased to announce the winners for 2018.  

Rajiv Reddy, MD
UCSD Health Center
La Jolla, CA

Saiyun Hou, MD PhD
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX

Anuj Aggarwal, MD
Stanford University, School of Medicine
Stanford, CA

This scholarship covers all registration expenses to attend the AAPM Annual Meeting and select Preconference Programs; a 1-year AAPM membership; a monetary award to be used for offsetting travel and lodging expenses; and networking opportunities with leaders in the field of pain medicine throughout the meeting, including a reception for program directors and fellows and an invitation to the AAPM President's Reception. Thank you to the AAPM Resident Fellow Education SIG, chaired by Jordan Newmark, MD and David Walega, MD, for administering this program.

Don’t Miss Your Chance

Early-Bird Registration is quickly approaching. Register before February 28 to secure your spot at the must-attend pain medicine meeting of the year.

By registering by the early-bird deadline, you will be able to

  • save up to $300 with full registration and both preconferences
  • experience networking opportunities with more than 500 of your peers
  • attend 46 sessions featuring the latest scientific and technical advancements in pain
  • have the opportunity to engage with 105 expert faculty
  • earn up to 34 hours of CME and receive MOCA 2.0 and MOC Part II Lifelong learning credit upon evaluation completion.

Don’t miss this chance to save, learn, and explore in Vancouver!

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AAPM Resident/Fellow Highlighted Sessions

Are you early in your career as a pain medicine physician? The sessions below are especially suited for helping  future leaders in the field of pain medicine gain a better understanding of the field as it stand today. How do clinicians diagnose and manage complex regional pain syndrome, what new treatments exist for neuropathic pain, how do you get published for the research you do, and how do you sort through the promoted flawed data? To answer those questions, consider these must-attend sessions for students, residents, and fellows:


11-noon: concurrent sessions 201: CRPS

1:45-2:45: How to get published in peer-reviewed journals

3:45-4:45: Concurrent sessions 207: Neuropathic pain


11:30-12:30: Concurrent sessions 306: Fake News

3:30-4:30: Concurrent sessions 310: Unintended prolonged opioid use

4:45-5:45: Concurrent sessions 313: Buprenorphine/naloxone


Special Topics in Pain Medicine: Cancer Pain or NANS Neuromodulation track

The AAPM 34th Annual Meeting is the must-attend meeting of the year because it brings together a multidisciplinary group of pain medicine clinicians. Receive invaluable tips and insights from our expert faculty in the field. Click the session titles above for more information about the course objectives.

Boost Your Practice with AAPM’s Preconference Events

This year, we are proud to introduce 2 new preconference events. Each a full day, with the option to attend both for CME credit, these courses act as additional training and will allow you to better evaluate and treat the patient in pain. This week, we highlight the first course taking place Wednesday, April 25 from 7 am to 5 pm.

Pain Medicine Best Practices: Integrative Solutions for Critical Challenges (PME)

For 9 CMEs, plus the opportunity to earn MOCA 2.0 and MOC Part II Lifelong Learning credits, this is your one-stop-shop to get all your pain management questions answered and refresh your best practices. The morning will consist of didactic lectures, followed by an afternoon of rotating small-group breakout sessions. Using real clinical examples, join expert faculty to examine the challenges facing pain medicine and explore current best practices to develop practical solutions for your practice.  

Together, speakers and attendees will be able to observe hands-on evidence, best practices, and emerging therapies to implement in their own settings. Anyone interested in learning how to optimize the management of chronic pain should attend this session.

Find out more information or register today!

Submit Your Late Breaking Abstracts Today

Don’t miss this great opportunity to share your research and advance the specialty at the leading conference for pain medicine. We invite you (or someone you know) to submit any significant and recently concluded research abstracts for presentation.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Abstracts submitted cannot be a revision of previous submission to the original AAPM 34th call.
  • Abstracts must not have been submitted, presented, accepted for presentation, and/or published in any other scientific venue.
  • Authors may submit only one Late-Breaking Abstract for consideration.

You must submit any applications by Monday, February 12 at 11:59 CDT to be considered.

AAPM is a professional community of physicians and their pain treatment teams with a sustained interest in pain disorders and their management. Members of the AAPM Scientific Poster Abstract Committee will review each submission on the following criteria: (a) improves knowledge, competence, or performance; (b) innovative solutions to current issues; (c) well written and clearly communicated; (d) broad appeal to the interests of AAPM members and affiliate members; (e) scientific rigor; (f) free of commercial bias.

This is your last chance to submit your knowledge and experience with colleagues and peers attending AAPM’s 34th Annual Meeting April 25-29, 2018 in Vancouver, Canada.

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Introducing 3 New Special Topics in Pain Medicine Tracks

While the Annual Meeting may be winding down, the education is still in full swing on Sunday, April 29. The last day of conference will feature 3 Special Topics in Pain Medicine tracks, offering in-depth and specialized education. Each track contains 4 hour-long sessions and offers a wide range of discussion topics. There also will be a chance to network with your pain medicine colleagues between each hour.

Select one track to follow or mix-and-match sessions from each track to customize your learning experience. This offering is included in the registration fee and focuses on the following topics:

Cancer/Palliative Care Track

Moderator: Larry C. Driver, MD
Speakers: David A. Edwards, MD PhD; Halena Gazelka, MD; Amitabh Gulati, MD; Mihir M. Kamdar, MD; Dhanalakshmi Koyyalagunta, MD; Barbara Murphy, MD; Vinay Puttanniah, MD; Hamid Shah, MD; Jacob J. Strand, MD; Thomas Van de Ven, MD PhD

This innovative interdisciplinary track brings together experts in managing pain and collateral symptoms in the cancer patient, recognizing new pain problems resulting from novel therapies, emphasizing the utility of interdisciplinary assessment and management approaches, and considering contexts for providing palliative care strategies.

NANS Neuromodulation Track

Moderator/Speaker: B. Todd Sitzman, MD MPH
Speakers: Kasra Amirdelfan, MD; Daniel M. Doleys, PhD; Peter S. Staats, MD; Ricardo Vallejo, MD PhD

In the past several years, technological advances in spinal cord stimulation (SCS) have led to significant and rapid improvement in outcomes. This program will present advances in SCS, including the current understanding of mechanisms of action, emerging wave modalities, and evidence-based data supporting extended patient selection and disease-specific indicators.

Behavioral Medicine Track

Moderator/Speakers: Beth D. Darnall, PhD; Sara Davin, PsyD; Jennifer L. Murphy, PhD; Judith Scheman, PhD

Back by popular demand, this interactive basic and advanced skills workshop will give participants a solid understanding of the biospychosocial model of pain. Targeted outcomes include increased confidence and the ability to facilitate patient receptivity and engagement in behavioral pain medicine. Attendees will leave with clinical toolkits, enduring resources, and scripts for difficult topics.

Learn more about each track session

Vancouver: A Vibrant and Culturally Rich City Awaits

Enjoy Vancouver in the spring at the AAPM 34th Annual Meeting! The temperate climate is perfect for outdoor exploring, cultural pursuits, and dining during your breaks from educational sessions at the conference centre.

The City of Vancouver was incorporated in April of 1886, and the Convention Centre and Hotel are located in the City Centre district, known for being the financial, shopping, and entertainment center of the city. With many of Vancouver's most notable landmarks and easy connections to other parts of the city, the AAPM Annual Meeting is the ideal place to base yourself for discovering all this city has to offer.

Get a taste of the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs and the National Hockey League by taking a tour of the Vancouver Canucks’ stadium.

Take a walking tour or hike around the Vancouver Seawall in Stanley Park. This park features 400-hectares of beaches, bays, monuments, gardens, views, and more. If you want a garden but not the distance, visit The Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden located just 1.3 km from the convention center featuring traditional Chinese landscaping.

The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival runs from April 3-April 29 in more than 2,355 locations throughout the city, washing the streets in pink. If you are more daring, take a trip north to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and see above the trees on this 137-meter walking bridge.

Take a break from sightseeing at one of the many restaurants on Robson Street, where you can find casual eateries and higher-end dining for all tastes. For souvenirs or a trip to the past, consider visiting the Gaston neighborhood. This historical district dates back to 1867 and also features shopping and dining. If you are interested in a place with a view, you can meet at the Vancouver Lookout at the top of the Harbour Centre to drink in the 360º scene before retiring for the evening.

The Vancouver Art Gallery and Bill Reid Gallery are within walking distance from the convention center if you would like to entertain your more cultural side. For those who wish to travel a bit further, the Vancouver Museum, Maritime Museum, and H. R. MacMillan Space Centre are located north west of Granville Island.

Explore more activities before you go with the Visitor Center site or request a visitor’s guide. Plan now to experience all that this vibrant city has to offer!

Annual Meeting On-Demand

New for 2018, plan to take the AAPM 34th Annual Meeting & Preconference programs home with you with on-demand courses. Add on-demand courses to your live meeting registration shopping cart and save 50% on post-meeting course prices.

With so many Annual Meeting sessions scheduled to place over just a few days this April in Vancouver, it’s impossible to view each presentation live throughout the course of the meeting. AAPM 34th Annual Meeting On-Demand will allow you to view presentations you aren’t able to attend live in Vancouver and refer back to content of interest – all from the comfort of your home or office.

Your AAPM Program Committee has designed two brand-new preconferences for 2018. The didactic presentations from both of these courses can also be purchased as on-demand products. Learn more about preconferences, and be sure to register for the live courses to benefit from hands-on, interactive breakout sessions:

Begin your Annual Meeting registration now. Select your on-demand Annual Meeting course options during step 1 – within the Additional Information tab. Contact AAPM with questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or purchase over the phone by calling 847-375-4731.

*CME is not available for 2018 AAPM Annual Meeting & Preconference on-demand courses. Rates will increase at the conclusion of the AAPM Annual Meeting on April 29, 12 pm PT. On-demand courses will be available in the AAPM Education Center within 6 weeks of the Annual Meeting. Specific presentations within a session may not be available or may be audio only if the presenter has confidential patient information or otherwise declines to be recorded.

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