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

2018 AAPM Annual Meeting Mobile App

The AAPM Annual Meeting will take place this week at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, BC.

Get important meeting details at your fingertips by downloading the 2018 AAPM Annual Meeting mobile app.

Search 2018 AAPM Annual Meeting in the App Store or on Google Play to download the app and

  • Access the full meeting schedule
  • Navigate the meeting venue with maps and room assignments
  • Discover local attractions
  • Connect with fellow attendees
  • Build your personal meeting schedule
  • Bookmark sessions and speakers of interest
  • Access handouts and CME evaluations
  • Track meeting activity on social media by following @AmerAcadPainMed and the meeting hashtag, #PainMed2018.

Cutting-Edge Pain Science - '18 AAPM Posters Now Online

2018 AAPM scientific poster abstracts are now published online. Posters will also be featured in the April 2018 issue of Pain Medicine.

Learn about exciting research taking place in the field of pain medicine by taking a glimpse at the scientific poster abstracts that will be showcased in Vancouver during the 34th Annual Meeting. Browse abstracts.

Posters will be in display throughout the Annual Meeting in the Resource Center. Attend evening receptions on Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April 28 to meet poster authors.

AAPM received a record-high response to its call for scientific posters in 2018; thank you to everyone who submitted their work for consideration, and to the poster authors who will be presenting their work in Vancouver at the AAPM 34th Annual Meeting next week.

AAPM Members Invited to Participate in Town Hall During Annual Meeting

For the first time ever, AAPM will host a member Town Hall on Saturday, April 28, in conjunction with the Annual Meeting.

It’s an extraordinary time as the specialty of pain medicine undergoes dynamic changes and endures continuing challenges. The April 28 Town Hall will offer an opportunity for AAPM members to share their perspective, ask questions, and ultimately inform the strategic direction of the Academy. You won’t want to miss this unique opportunity to discuss the changing landscape of pain medicine with fellow pain practitioners and stakeholders.

AAPM members are encouraged to attend the AAPM Town Hall on Saturday, April 28, 6-7:15 pm PT. Bring your questions/concerns and come prepared to join in an active discussion about the future of pain management.

Not a member? Join today for the opportunity to participate.

The AAPM 34th Annual Meeting educational program will feature five days of premier education and networking opportunities – including two brand new preconference courses – all taking place in beautiful Vancouver. Register now.

Opportunity to Meet AAPM 2018 Faculty

Take advantage of the opportunity to experience brief, informal yet meaningful conversations with Annual Meeting faculty, beyond the educational presentations. Three Meet the Faculty events will feature faculty addressing a specific pain treatment hot topic. Stop by the AAPM booth in the Resource Center to ask the experts your most burning questions, engage in evocative dialogue, share best practices, and network with faculty and fellow attendees about:

  • Ketamine Friday, 10:15-10:30 am - Invited Faculty: May L. Chin, MD; Steven P. Cohen, MD; Brian A. Erickson, MD; W. Michael Hooten, MD; Robert W. Hurley, MD, PhD; Ajay D. Wasan, MD, MSc
  • Neuropathic Pain Friday, 3:00-3:30 pm - Invited Faculty: Charles E. Argoff, MD; Neel Mehta, MD; James C. Watson, MD
  • Behavioral Health Saturday, 10:30-11:00 am - Invited Faculty: Fiona Barwick, PhD; Beth D. Darnall, PhD; Sara Davin, PsyD; Melissa Geraghty, PsyD; Tracy Hull, MD; Jennifer L. Murphy, PhD; Linda Nguyen, MD; Heather Poupore-King, PhD; Judith Scheman, PhD

Learn about all AAPM 34th Annual Meeting & Preconference faculty and browse speaker bios.

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!

Register Now

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!

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