By Steven Stanos, DO
It is my pleasure as president of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) to invite you to attend the AAPM 34th Annual Meeting & Preconferences April 25–29, 2018, in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Attendees can look forward to a dynamic educational program with ample opportunities to network with colleagues and explore Vancouver.
The meeting theme—Managing Acute & High-Impact Chronic Pain Through Multidisciplinary Care—will address a challenge among all healthcare providers, the patients we care for, and the communities they live in: balancing the need for improving comprehensive pain care while responding to the growing societal epidemic of prescription opioid abuse and opioid-related overdoses and deaths.
The current opioid crisis and the devastation it has inflicted on society, patients, families, and communities has made this an even more critical time for our field of pain medicine to lead the way in advocating for comprehensive pain care, including greater access to evidence-based pharmacologic approaches, behavioral health interventions, interventional procedures, substance abuse treatment, and rehabilitation-based care.
The fundamentals of multidisciplinary pain management long have been the gold standard for pain care and have been promoted by AAPM since it was established more than 30 years ago with a mission of advancing the comprehensive care of patients with pain through the promotion of best clinical practices, research, advocacy, and continuing medical education. To that end, the AAPM 34th Annual Meeting has been designed to provide key stakeholders—including physicians and members of their treatment teams, payers, and researchers—with the skills and knowledge necessary to improve the care provided to patients and optimize patient outcomes.
The 2018 AAPM Program Committee—chaired by James W. Atchison, DO, and Vitaly Gordin, MD—selected from a record number of session proposal submissions to create the must-attend educational program of the year for all clinicians treating patients in pain. The meeting will feature expert faculty from around the country presenting more than 30 hours of pain medicine education designed to immediately improve your practice.
Lastly, the Vancouver Convention Centre and Pan Pacific Vancouver hotel, situated on the downtown waterfront within walking distance of some of the city’s top attractions, will provide a beautiful backdrop for AAPM 2018. Learn more about visiting Vancouver and hotel amenities. Be sure to register and book your hotel room early. I look forward to seeing you in Vancouver in April.
Sincerely, Steven P. Stanos, DO President, American Academy of Pain Medicine