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

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.

Dr. Amy Compton-Phillips to Deliver 2018 Keynote

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AAPM looks forward to welcoming Amy L. Compton-Phillips, MD, executive vice president and chief clinical officer for Providence Health & Services, to deliver the 2018 Keynote Address during the AAPM 34th Annual Meeting General Session I on Friday, April 27, 8:15-9:15 am.

Dr. Compton-Phillips has an extensive background in directing patient care programs and leading healthcare organizations. She will share a physician executive's perspective while speaking to 2018 AAPM Annual Meeting attendees about navigating healthcare system changes, systems’ responses to pain management issues, and the general state of health care and its impact on pain physicians practicing at both private and academic institutions.

Dr. Compton-Phillips’ Address, titled Practicing Medicine in the Age of Accelerations, will explain how data from both within and outside health care will create predictive, precision analytics; how integrated decision support with context-specific knowledge will supplement the human mind with assisted intelligence; and how -omics (genomic, proteomic, metabalomic, etc.) guided therapy will personalize care options, allowing for participative care.

“The world is changing rapidly,” Dr. Compton-Phillips says. “The way we communicate, the way we learn, the jobs we do and the environment we live in, all have changed radically in the past 20 years and with this the transformation of medicine has begun.”

View AAPM President Steven Stanos, DO’s December 2017 Pain Medicine President’s Message to learn more about the importance of this topic.

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Pain Fellows Scholarships Available

AAPM is accepting applications for its 2018 Pain Medicine Fellows Scholarship Program through December 20, 2017. 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.

Scholarships include:

  • Registration to the Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Pain-Based Care Preconference
  • Registration to the AAPM 34th Annual Meeting
  • A free year of AAPM membership
  • Up to $1,500 USD in reimbursement for related costs to attend the meeting*
  • 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

*Some restrictions apply. View details.

Fellows currently in accredited ACGME or AOA Pain Medicine Fellowship Programs are encouraged to apply for the chance to attend AAPM's 34th Annual Meeting and Preconferences being held at the Vancouver Convention Centre, BC, Canada.

View additional information about the Scholarship Program, including application instructions.

To support this Scholarship Program and help AAPM fund future scholars, consider making a contribution when you complete your Annual Meeting registration.

AAPM President Invites Pain Physicians and Team Members to Attend AAPM 2018 in Vancouver

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

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