The latest updates and information from AAPM regarding its upcoming 36th Annual Meeting and Preconferences in National Harbor, MD.

Pharmacologic Management of Pain in 2020: Know Your Options, Improve Outcomes

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Review best practices for opioid prescribing and get expert insight into using newer non-opioid analgesics -- including cannabis and cannabis-related products -- to expand pain management options available to your patients suffering from acute and chronic pain during the AAPM 2020 Pharmacologic Management of Pain preconference course. The full day course will take place Wednesday, February 26, at the Gaylord National Convention Center in National Harbor, MD.

This was so useful.

This course has guided positive changes in my practice.

-2019 course participants

Hear the latest guidance on implementing evidence-based, patient-centered approaches to opioid prescribing, opioid tapering, and managing opioid use disorder from leading experts in the field.

Amidst the ongoing opioid overdose crisis and rapidly evolving opioid prescribing guidelines, opinions, and laws, it is a challenging time to practice pain medicine. Along with course directors Michael Hooten, MD, and Steven Stanos, DO, presenting faculty members Jeffrey Gudin, MD; Helena Gazelka, MD; and Charles Argoff, MD, will deliver talks about opioid pharmacology, monitoring patients on chronic opioid therapy, and best practices for opioid tapering. Attendees will walk away with practical tips and information that allows them to optimize appropriate opioid analgesic use while applying a patient-centered approach to mitigate the risks of abuse, misuse, addiction, and diversion.

Optimize a rational polypharmacy approach to managing chronic pain.

The course is designed to help you better integrate various medications from different pharmacologic classes in order to optimize a rational polypharmacy approach to managing chronic pain. Presenters take into account the added challenge of comorbid symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbances.

The Rapid Fire Pharmacotherapy Review will offer a rundown on

Cannabinoid pharmacology, regulation, dosing, dispensaries, quality control, and integrating medical cannabis into clinical practice.

The growing and evolving controversy of the therapeutic application of cannabis and cannabis-related products is an additional question facing providers today. The AAPM 2020 Pharmacologic Management of Pain preconference course will cover cannabinoids from bench to bedside to dispensary. Mark Wallace, MD, will discuss pharmacology. David Edwards, MD PhD, will give an update on the regulatory environment of medical cannabis. Grace Forde, MD, will offer guidance on integrating cannabis into clinical practice. Michelle Sexton, ND, will cover cannabis dosing, dispensaries, and quality control.

View the full course agenda.


Last Chance to Save on AAPM 2020 with Early-Bird Rates


Register for AAPM 2020 preconference courses and the AAPM 36th Annual Meeting by Wednesday, January 8, 11:59 pm CT, and save up to $300.

AAPM 2020 will bring together members of the pain care team for five days of comprehensive pain education, presentation, discussion, and networking. Take advantage of early-bird discounts when you register today.

Register now at early-bird rates.

AAPM 2020 features the latest innovations and technologies in pain medicine.

 Three preconference courses will take place February 26 and 27 and will include these engaging, discussion- and case-based programs:

Learn about preconference courses.

The AAPM 36th Annual Meeting, which includes 40+ educational sessions, kicks off Thursday afternoon, February 27, and continues until noon on Sunday, March 1.

Highlights include:

View the full meeting schedule.

National Harbor offers the perfect backdrop to an AAPM Annual Meeting.

National Harbor is located just south of Washington DC, offering AAPM 2020 attendees a convenient resort experience just a quick trip away from all of the capital’s monuments, memorials, and museums. Discounted rates are available through January 20, or until the AAPM room block has been filled.

Plan travel & book rooms.

Contact AAPM Member Services at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 847-375-4731 with questions or to register over the phone.

Reduced Rates, Special Sessions, & Exclusive Networking Opportunities for Pain Medicine Trainees at AAPM 2020


The AAPM Annual Meeting is the must-attend pain medicine meeting of year. The 2020 meeting February 26-March 1 in National Harbor, MD, will cover the full spectrum of multidisciplinary pain care treatments, convening pain practitioners experts from a variety of specialties and modalities.

The Academy is especially committed to carving out space in its meeting for future pain medicine clinicians. Medical students, residents, and fellows receive reduced rates and are invited to participate in educational and networking activities designed just for them.

Student/Resident/Trainee Members can attend the AAPM Annual Meeting & Preconferences at significantly reduced meeting rates.

AAPM has a membership category for students, residents, and fellows at each level of their training. As an AAPM member, you will receive access to free and discounted educational content in the AAPM Education Center as well as access to the Academy’s journal, Pain Medicine. Join-and-register for the AAPM Annual Meeting, being held in National Harbor, MD, February 26-March 1, for a low rate of $250, reducing the yearly membership rate from $50 to $20. Look for the promo code on your registration summary and add a membership. Preconference courses – including the Advanced Ultrasound-Guided Pain Medicine Interventions course – are available for $300 or less.

Learn more about meeting registration, including join-and-register offers.

Special sessions on Friday, February 28 will discuss how to pursue a research career and productive mentor relationships.

Friday will feature and all-day research track with sessions presenting the top winning scientific poster abstracts, how to get your research funded, and how to get your research published, followed by an opportunity to Meet the Research Experts among the scientific poster abstracts in the Resource Center during an evening reception.

Pain Program Directors from across the country will unite on Saturday, February 29, during a special 3-part educational event designed for pain physicians in training.

The following sessions comprise a Young Pain Practitioner Non CME track beginning at 9:15 am ET on Saturday, February 29, and running until 2:45 pm ET.

This inaugural AAPM educational series for trainees and practitioners is an exciting merger of EBM and business minded instruction to advance our future thought leaders.

-Sayed Wahezi, MD, Young Pain Pracitioner Session Moderator & Presenter

The Pain Program Director, Fellow, Resident, and Student Meet & Greet will also take place on February 29.

Residents, fellows, faculty of pain programs, program directors, and others with interest in graduate education in pain are encouraged to attend this Meet and Greet for the chance to network and enjoy refreshments with fellow colleagues and trainees.

The AAPM Annual Meeting covers the full spectrum of multidisciplinary pain treatment.

View a list of sessions deemed of special interest to pain medicine clinicians in training by meeting faculty.

Make the Most of Your Time in National Harbor with Preconference Courses

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AAPM 2020 preconference courses offer hands-on, practical information that you can immediately apply to practice.

Save $100 on each preconference course through Wednesday, January 8. Prices increase when the early-bird deadline expires this date at 11:59 pm CT. Each course will take place at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. Register now!

Pharmacologic Management of Pain: Expanding the Options, Improving Outcomes

February 26, 2020 | 8 am–Noon; 1–4 pm
Chairs: Mike Hooten; Steven Stanos

The pharmacologic management of chronic pain is an important aspect of most if not all clinicians’ daily practices. However, strategies aimed at optimizing the use of nonopioid analgesics while mitigating the potential risks associated with opioid use can be difficult to implement. This course will provide timely, useful, and practical information about the use of opioid and nonopioid analgesics to treat adults with chronic pain.

With industry-leading faculty for numerous well-regarded institutions, this course will help the learner be better able to integrate various medications from different pharmacologic classes in order to optimize a rational polypharmacy approach to managing chronic pain including comorbid symptoms of depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbances and implementing evidence-based assessment and treatment strategies supported by recent guidelines to optimize appropriate opioid analgesic use while applying a patient-specific stratification approach to mitigate the risks of abuse, misuse, addiction, and diversion.

View the full agenda and register.

Advanced Ultrasound-Guided Pain Medicine Interventions

February 27 | 8 am–Noon, 1:30–3:30 pm
Chairs: Jennifer Hah; Dmitri Souza

The field of pain medicine ultrasonography is rapidly evolving with new applications for acute and chronic pain that can be applied to clinical practice. Ultrasound guidance offers the potential benefits of accuracy, portability, direct visualization of vasculature, and decreased radiation exposure. Direct visualization of pathology may offer a bedside diagnosis and treatment when relevant. With improving technology, emerging applications continue to evolve for pain medicine sonography.

This program provides an overview of the advantages and limitations of ultrasound guidance in the practice of pain medicine and provides hands-on applications for the ultrasound novice. The advantages and disadvantages of ultrasound and fluoroscopy also will be discussed. Attendees will practice real-time techniques for common ultrasound procedures and will review the available literature regarding feasibility, safety, and outcomes.

Attendees will rotate through live model hands-on stations with low faculty-to-learner ratios covering various relevant treatments. A limited number of reduced-price registrations will be offered for trainees currently enrolled in fellowship programs.

View the full agenda and register.

Integrating Behavioral Pain Medicine into Patient Care: Science, Practice, and Innovations

February 27 | 8 am–Noon, 1:30–3:30 pm
Chairs: Beth Darnall, Judith Scheman

This preconference course will equip participants with knowledge on the efficacy of pain psychology interventions in light of the changing healthcare environment. Special applications of pain psychology such as brief interventions and group-based treatments will be highlighted. Attendees will be able to demonstrate an increased knowledge of the evidence supporting pain psychology interventions and develop, implement, and deliver group interventions that can be tailored for various complexities and types of pain.

View the full agenda and register.

AAPM 2020 is the must attend pain medicine meeting of year. We hope to see you there!


AAPM 2020 Ultrasound Preconference to Offer Review of Pain Medicine Sonography

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Advance your clinical skills and meet experts one-on-one during the AAPM 2020 Advanced Ultrasound-Guided Pain Medicine Interventions preconference course on Thursday, February 27.

Back by popular demand, this full-day course will provide an overview of the advantages and limitations of ultrasound guidance in the practice of pain medicine designed to benefit pain physicians and trainees.

Pain medicine ultrasonography is relatively new, but rapidly evolving field with multiple applications for acute and persistent pain. Ultrasound guidance offers potential benefits of efficiency, accuracy, portability, decreased chance of vascular puncture and intravascular injections, absence of radiation exposure, potentially lower cost, and others.

- Dmitri Souza, MD PhD, Course Co-Chair

Attendees will rotate through live model hands-on stations with a low faculty-to-learner ratios.

Experience a variety of clinical applications, including head and neck pain, axial and extremities pain, and others. Course chairs Dr. Souza and Dr. Jennifer Hah will be  joined by the following expert faculty throughout the day:

View the full course agenda and learn about each hands-on station.

Registration for the meeting is live, and early-bird rates end January 8, 2020



AAPM 2020 Welcomes Pain Researchers


AAPM is the must-attend meeting of the year for every member of the pain care team, including pain researchers.

The 2020 AAPM Program Committee has designed educational and networking aspects of the meeting specifically with researchers in mind.

AAPM really emphasizes multidisciplinary care of patients with pain. Given the ever increasing need for richer collaborations in pain research, the AAPM annual meeting offers a keen opportunity to bring patients, clinicians, and researchers together in both formal and informal settings. 

-Patrick Tighe, MD, AAPM 2020 Program Co-Chair

A dedicated research track runs throughout the meeting

The special research track features live presentations of the AAPM 2020 award-winning scientific poster abstracts, tips on getting your research funded and published, and more. Sessions include:

Meet the Research Experts events allow attendees to get questions answered face-to-face

New for AAPM 2020, a Meet the Research Experts event will be held Friday, February 28, offering attendees an opportunity to interact face-to-face with leaders in the field of pain research. Additional details, including a full list of participating experts, will be available soon.

More than 100 posters will be on display throughout the meeting.

Presenter-attended poster sessions will offer attendees an opportunity to learn more from the clinicians and researchers presenting their work. Guided poster tours will help attendees navigate the vast amount of available research findings and offer a chance to discuss posters of interest in a group setting.

The late-breaking abstracts call is open through January 6, 12 pm CT

There’s still an opportunity for you to disseminate your own recent research to the greater pain medicine community at AAPM 2020. The AAPM Scientific Poster Abstract Committee is now accepting late-breaking abstracts through January 6 at 12 pm CT. Learn more and submit late-breaking poster abstracts.

Registration for the meeting is live, and early-bird rates end January 8, 2020



Late-Breaking Scientific Poster Abstract Call Open through January 6

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Invitation to submit late-breaking poster abstracts for possible presentation at AAPM 2020

The Academy is now accepting late-breaking scientific poster abstracts for possible publication in the Academy's journal, Pain Medicine, and presentation at the AAPM 36th Annual Meeting, February 27-March 1, 2020, in National Harbor, MD.

  • Research is limited to highly significant and timely research that was unavailable by the original AAPM 36th Annual Meeting scientific poster abstract submission deadline.
  • Late-Breaking Abstracts cannot be a revision of an abstract submitted during the original AAPM 36th Annual Meeting abstract submission process.
  • Case studies & case reports CANNOT be submitted as late-breaking abstracts.

The deadline to submit late-breaking abstracts has been extended through January 6, 12 pm CT

In an effort to provide authors additional time throughout the holiday season to complete their late-breaking poster abstract submissions, the deadline has been extended from December 27, 5 pm CT, through January 6, 12 pm CT.

Learn more and submit late-breaking abstracts. 

Select "Propose a 2020 Late-Breaking Scientific Poster Abstract" upon arriving at the AAPM Submission Center (

Log in to the AAPM 2020 Submission Center using your AAPM username and password. Contact AAPM Member Services at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 847-375-4731 for assistance verifying your username. New to AAPM? Create an account to get started. For technical support, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

AAPM is a major force in advancing the practice of pain medicine through research

Learn more about the AAPM 2020 scientific poster program, poster winners, and live poster sessions.

Registration for the meeting is live, and early-bird rates end January 8, 2020



AAPM 2020 Content Qualifies for 26.5 APA CEs, Including Full-Day Preconference Course Dedicated to Behavioral Medicine

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There is overwhelming evidence supporting the biopsychosocial model of pain treatment and that psychosocial factors play an exceedingly important role in the success of pain treatment. AAPM is dedicated to advocating for this approach to care and to supporting the clinicians interested in implementing behavioral medicine into their practices. To that end, AAPM 2020 features 5 days of dedicated pain education suitable for pain psychologists as well as all pain clinicians with an interest of meeting the biopsychosocial needs of their patients.

2 preconference courses and 41 meeting sessions approved to offer APA CEs

In addition to offering physician and nursing continuing education credit, select AAPM 2020 sessions have also been reviewed and approved by the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Office of Continuing Education in Psychology (CEP) to offer Continuing Education (CE) credit for psychologists. Learn more about AAPM 2020 continuing medical education information.

Access a full list of AAPM 2020 educational preconference courses and session that have been approved to offer CE for psychologists.

Full-day behavioral pain medicine workshop with some of the most prominent experts in the field on February 27

Chronic pain is most effectively treated through the use of a biopsychosocial model, yet often psychological concepts and treatments are not fully understood and commonly underutilized. The Integrating Behavioral Pain Medicine into Patient Care: Science, Practice, and Innovations preconference course on Thursday, February 27, will increase clinical competency in the biopsychosocial treatment model by equipping learners with skills and resources to engage patients in discussions that facilitate patient receptivity to interdisciplinary care, and equip learners with tools to dismantle resistance and difficult conversations.

The interactive course targets all health care professionals who seek to acquire skills and resources to competently discuss and integrate biopsychosocial treatment principles into their patient pain care plans. Learners will increase proficiency in behavioral pain management in terms of knowledge and clinical practice competency, as well as exploring such vital topics as placebo and addiction. In this interactive session, learners will.

Anyone who treats patients with pain can benefit from participation in this precon. Knowledge regarding pain psychology concepts, diagnostics, and treatment is lacking across professional disciplines. Psychologists, therapists and other pain practitioners struggle to engage patients in psychological treatment. Our course provides specific information to close the knowledge gap for interprofessional attendees and reinforce the science behind the practice.

-Judith Scheman, PhD, Course Co-chair & Presenter

Attendees will leave equipped with knowledge and resources that can be immediately implemented into clinical practice to increase patient receptivity to behavioral pain medicine. Expected outcomes are increased knowledge base about the perception of pain, pain modifiers, and addiction as well as an ability to engage patients in behavioral medicine.

Pain psychologists have a home at AAPM and at the AAPM 2020 Annual Meeting

Psychologists specializing in the treatment and management of patients with pain are welcome members of the Academy. AAPM leadership recently voted to expand Active, voting membership to non-physicians with a doctoral degree in psychology or neuroscience. Learn more about this change, which reflects the Academy’s commitment to advancing and promoting the full spectrum of multidisciplinary pain care through a more inclusive base of Active members.

Additionally, the AAPM Behavioral Medicine/Pain Psychology Shared Interest Group offers a forum at the meeting for behavioral medicine clinicians and psychologists to connect.

Learn about each of AAPM 2020’s expert behavioral medicine and psychology presenters

AAPM is beyond excited to have this all-star lineup of behavioral medicine and pain psychology experts joining us to present in National Harbor:

Registration for the meeting is live, and early-bird rates end January 8, 2020



Leaders in the Field of Neuromodulation to Provide In-Depth Review during AAPM 2020


In the past decade, significant advancements in neuromodulation and spinal cord stimulation (SCS) have offered pain clinicians and their patients a non-opioid treatment alternative to combat pain. Despite these advancements, SCS technology still has a 20% failure rate in long-term SCS therapy, primarily due to loss of analgesic benefit.

The AAPM 2020 Annual Meeting will include an entire neuromodulation special topic track Saturday, February 29-Sunday, March 1, devoted to educating meeting attendees about the latest advancements and updates in the field, including strategies to improve long-term success and clinical trial results of a promising novel SCS system during a 2-part neuromodulation review.

Neuromodulation Review 1 to cover factors that lead to SCS failure and strategies for improved success

Session moderator Lawrence Poree, MD PhD MPH, is clinical professor of anesthesia and director of neuromodulation at the University of California at San Francisco. He will be joined by co-presenters Peter Staats, MD, current Chief Medical Officer at National Spine and Pain and former division chief and director of the pain medicine department at Johns Hopkins University, and Magdalena Anitescu, MD PhD, professor of anesthesia, critical care and pain medicine at the University of Chicago, to discuss spinal cord stimulation.
These expert faculty will speak about what physiological, pharmacological, and electromechanical factors may contribute to SCS failure and what steps can be implemented to improve long-term success.

Neuromodulation Review 2 will dive into ECAP-controlled, closed-loop SCS clinical trial outcomes and SCS for cancer pain

All currently available SCS systems have one thing in common: they are fixed, “open loop” output systems (i.e. the pulse generator delivers a fixed-output of current or voltage, regardless of the spinal cord response). In contrast, evoked compound action potential (ECAP) monitoring-controlled SCS is a SCS system in which the stimulation current or voltage is automatically adjusted in real-time using feedback of spinal cord activation level to maintain a consistent, stable target response regardless of movements or physiological variations (i.e. “closed loop”).

Nagy Mekhail, MD PhD of Cleveland Clinic Spine Center and Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center will moderate this second hour-long session dedicated to reviewing a recently published multicenter, prospective, randomized, double-blind study on this novel “closed loop” SCS system as well as SCS for cancer pain with co-presenters Steven Falowski, MD, and Lisa Stearns, MD. Dr. Falowski is director of functional neurosurgery at Neurosurgical Associates Lancaster. Dr. Stearns is founder and medical director at Center for Pain and Supportive Care.

Explore the full AAPM 2020 Neuromodulation Special Topic Track

Additional neuromodulation track sessions include

Learn about all of the AAPM 2020 neuromodulation special track session presenters, each of whom is a leader in the field:

Registration for the meeting is live, and early-bird rates end January 8, 2020



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