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The latest updates and information from AAPM regarding its upcoming 35th Annual Meeting and Preconferences in Denver.

Congratulations to 2019 AAPM Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Award Recipient, UC San Diego

AAPM is pleased to announce the UC San Diego Pain Medicine Fellowship Program as the 2019 Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Award recipient.

The AAPM Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Award recognizes pain medicine fellowship programs within the United States that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and provide an exceptional learning experience to their fellows, preparing them to deliver the highest standard of care to patients with pain.

The UC San Diego Pain Medicine Fellowship has been accredited for 25 years and offers specialist training in the diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain syndromes, cancer and palliative care, and acute pain. The program has five accredited, 12-month positions and also offers the option of a two-year combined fellowship in clinical research and clinical pain management. The multidisciplinary training of pain fellows includes core faculty from anesthesiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and neurology. Fellows also receive training from guest lecturers and rotation faculty from psychiatry, psychology, palliative medicine, gynecology, orthopedic surgery, radiology, and physical therapy. The program's guiding principle for the fellowship is to produce well-rounded graduates with a balanced approach to clinical training, procedural training, and academic accomplishment while maintaining a good work-life balance for trainees.

View the full AAPM award announcement to learn more about UC San Diego's Pain Medicine Fellowship Program and the award itself.

Additional Discounted Ultrasound Spots Just Released

Additional discounted-rate registrations are now available to fellows, residents, and medical students interested in participating in the AAPM35 Ultrasound-Guided Acute and Chronic Pain Medicine Interventions Preconference at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver on March 7.

This hands-on course featuring low faculty-to-learner ratios and the opportunity to test out state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment on live models is available to all interested meeting registrants for $850 (members receive the reduced rate of $750). Fellows, residents, and students may participate at a significantly discounted rate of just $250.

Course directors Jennifer Hah, MD MS, of Stanford University and Dmitri Souza, MD PhD, of Yale University have identified a stellar lineup of pain medicine specialists to lead attendees through each station. Faculty will also deliver an overview of the advantages and limitations of ultrasound guidance in the practice of pain medicine.

View the course agenda for the full schedule and additional information about what will be covered at each station.

This preconference is anticipated to sell out. Online registration is available online until March 1 or until space has filled.

Register now!

Congratulations to AAPM's 2019 Class of Fellows Scholars

The AAPM Pain Medicine Fellows Scholarship was established in 2015 to help foster the field's future leaders. Over the past four years, the program has funded the travel of dozens of deserving pain medicine fellows to attend the AAPM Annual Meeting, where they are exposed to premier education and networking opportunities.

The Academy is excited to have five 2019 Pain Medicine Fellow Scholars in attendance at the AAPM 35th Annual Meeting, March 6-10, 2019, in Denver.

Bonita Franklin, DO

Louisiana State University, New Orleans, LA

Aaron Heller, DO, MS

Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH

Saba Javed, MD

MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Andrew Joyce, MD

Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR

Ashwin Rangavajjula, MD

Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA

Loc Thang, MD, PhD

Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Please join us in congratulating these scholarship recipients. You can identify them by looking for scholarship ribbons on their name badges in Denver.

Not registered for the meeting yet? Sign up today! Advance registration ends March 1.

AAPM35 Scientific Abstract Award Winners to Present Live in Denver

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 three of the highest ranking, most novel 2019 poster submissions for live presentation in this session.

Congratulations to the following six scientific poster authors who will present during two live Annual Meeting sessions in Denver this March.

Geographical Variation in Opioid-Related Hospital Use for Year 2015: A National Study

Sahil Gupta, MD

Virtual Reality Distraction for Anxiety and Pain Reductions during Trigger Point Injection Procedures

Manila Shrestha

A Comprehensive Protocol for Postoperative Pain Control in Elective Total Joint Arthroplasty Drastically Reduces Opioid Prescriptions: A review of prescribing practices and outcomes

André Boezaart, MD PhD

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

Kirk Levins, MD DPMCAI FCAI MSc MA AMRSC

More than 180 scientific posters will be presented in the AAPM35 Resource Center throughout the AAPM Annual Meeting March 7-9. Evening receptions on March 7 and March 8 will offer an opportunity for meeting attendees to hear directly from poster authors and get their questions answered. Original poster presentations will also be published in AAPM's official journal, Pain Medicine

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Top 4 Reasons Fellows, Residents, and Students Shouldn't Miss AAPM35

We know pain medicine physicians in training have limited time and resources for conferences. Here are the 4 top reasons fellows, residents, and medical students should make attending AAPM35 a priority:

1. Meet and interact with leaders in the field

Networking opportunities have been built into the 5-day meeting program, including a reception for fellows, residents, and students attending the meeting to interact with pain medicine program directors and AAPM leadership.

Learn about all AAPM35 Networking Activities.

2. Expand your pain knowledge by participating in sessions that will span the full spectrum of multidisciplinary pain care

Preconference courses offer the chance to focus on pain medicine best practices, opioid and non-opioid medications management, and ultrasound interventional procedures to treat chronic and acute pain.

More than 50 AAPM 35th Annual Meeting sessions will cover the full spectrum of multidisciplinary pain care, including a special session designed for fellows, residents, and students.

Review the full AAPM35 educational program.

3. March is the perfect time to visit Denver

All AAPM35 activities will take place at the Colorado Convention Center, centrally located in downtown Denver. The venue offers the perfect backdrop for the AAPM Annual Meeting, and the mountains are just a short drive away.

Browse hotel and travel information.

4. Trainee/Resident/Student Members Receive Significantly Discounted Meeting Rates

AAPM Trainee/Resident/Student Members can register for the full AAPM 35th Annual Meeting for just $225. Annual membership dues are $50 and include a subscription to AAPM's official journal, Pain Medicine. Preconference rates are also marked down for Trainee/Resident/Student Members.

Review registration rates and sign up today.

AAPM35 to Highlight the Critical Role of Pain Psychologists

 "AAPM35 is this year’s go-to conference for clinical applications of the biopsychosocial treatment approach. Come network, learn and acquire actionable clinical skills."

—Beth D. Darnall, PhD

AAPM35 Presenter
AAPM Pain Psychology SIG Co-Chair

Throughout the meeting, leaders in the field will present on the critical role pain psychology plays in successfully treating pain patients.

New for 2019, special topic tracks will help you navigate the more than 50 sessions taking place over the course of 5 days and select sessions that are most relevant to your practice.

Behavioral Medicine/Pain Psychology Track sessions will cover:

  • An overview of evidence-based pain psychology treatments
  • Social applications of pain psychology, such as brief interventions and group based treatments
  • The benefits pain psychologists can offer physicians and patients
  • Why, when, and where to start a pain psychology group

Review track sessions.

A Pain Psychology Shared Interest Group meeting will also take place during the meeting. All AAPM35 meeting registrants are welcome to participate for an opportunity to network with colleagues.

Sign up and secure reduced-rate hotel rooms in Denver by February 1.

Make your plans to join AAPM and hundreds of pain medicine clincians in Denver this March.

Register now.

All AAPM35 events will take place at the Colorado Convention Center, situated in downtown Denver and within walking distance from some of the city's top attractions. AAPM has secured a limited number of rooms at the Hyatt Regency Denver, which is adjacent to the convention center. Reduced rates are available until February 1 or until the block has been filled.

Book your room.

Practice Real-Time Techniques for Common Ultrasound Procedures during AAPM35

Registration is filling quickly for the AAPM35 Ultrasound-Guided Acute and Chronic Pain Medicine Interventions Preconference at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver on March 7.

This highly interactive course offers a premium learning experience, with low faculty-to-learner ratios and rotations through live model hands-on stations.

Course directors Jennifer Hah, MD MS, of Stanford University and Dmitri Souza, MD PhD, of Yale University have identified a stellar lineup of pain medicine specialists to lead attendees through each station. Faculty will also deliver an overview of the advantages and limitations of ultrasound guidance in the practice of pain medicine.

View the course agenda for the full schedule and additional information about what will be covered at each station.

This preconference is anticipated to sell out. Online registration is available online until March 1 or until space has filled.

Register now.

Members receive the best AAPM35 preconference and meeting rates. Secure member discounts when you join-and-register.

AAPM35 to Feature Procedural & Surgical Interventions Track

Leaders in neuromodulation and interventional techniques will present on surgical and non-surgical treatments for various pain conditions throughout meeting.

New for 2019, special session tracks will help you navigate the more than 50 sessions taking place over the course of 5 days and select sessions that are most relevant to your practice.

The Procedural and Surgical Interventions Track includes more than a dozen sessions that will feature newer interventional approaches and include pro/con debates that address various treatments and implantable devices, such as:

  • Stem cell therapy
  • Radiofrequency
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • Sacral nerve stimulation
  • Neuromodulation
  • Other surgical and nonsurgical treatments for various pain conditions including back pain, complex regional pain syndrome, headache, leg pain, neuropathic pain, spinal pain, and pelvic pain

Explore all interventional track sessions.

Meeting registration will be available online until March 1. After March 1, only on-site registration will be available and registration rates will increase.

The deadline to secure discounted hotel rooms at the Hyatt Regency Denver in the AAPM room block is February 1. Book your room now.

Shared Interest Groups to Meet in Denver

AAPM Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) provide a forum for individuals to come together and network, discuss, and advance shared interests in a particular field or topic.

Eight SIGs will meet during the AAPM 35th Annual Meeting in Denver on Saturday, March 9. All AAPM members and annual meeting registrants are invited to participate in one more of these meetings:

  • Acute Pain Medicine SIG
  • APRNs/PAs in Pain Medicine
  • Federal Medicine
  • Headache and Orofacial Pain Medicine
  • Interdisciplinary Pain Medicine
  • Pain Psychology
  • Primary Care
  • Resident Fellow Education
  • Women in Pain Medicine

Learn more about SIG meetings and browse the schedule.

Meeting times are subject to change, and any updates to the schedule will be reflected at annualmeeting.painmed.org.

To review or update your SIG selections, log into your AAPM account and select “Shared Interest Groups” from the left-hand menu in the Membership and Participation section.

If you haven't already done so, register now to attend AAPM35, which includes the 4-day AAPM 35th Annual Meeting as well as three interactive preconference courses. Contact AAPM headquarters with questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 847-375-4731.

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