Saturday, April 28 (29)


7:30 am - 5 pm Registration Open

10 - 11:30 am Resource Center Open

11:30 am–12:30 pm

Web-Based Multimedia Curriculum for Training in Ultrasound-Guided Pain Medicine Procedures (305)

This educational session discusses how to develop a multimedia web-based ultrasound curriculum that provides standardized training in ultrasound techniques in education and clinical practice. Attendees will learn practical approaches to the design of curricula to improve training, competence, and patient outcomes. The faculty will also demonstrate this technology.

Content Creation and Demonstration

Matthew J. Pingree, MD

Assessing the Learner

Rebecca Sanders, MD

Outcome Measures and Future Directions

Thomas P. Pittelkow, DO MPH

Learning Objectives:

  • Acquire skills to develop a standardized web-based multimedia curriculum designed for either incorporation into a formal educational training program, or potentially for clinical practice.
  • Review how incorporation of ultrasound guidance into appropriate/applicable pain procedures can improve patient satisfaction, reduce unnecessary radiation exposure, and improve safety.
11:30 am–12:30 pm

Fake News: The Risk of Promoted Flawed Data and Crucial Role of Evidence-Based Interventional Pain Management (306)

An evidence-based review of common interventional procedures focusing on epidural steroid injections and radiofrequency neurotomy. The importance of patient selection and procedural techniques to help counteract the inappropriate combining of divergent techniques and patient populations that is frequently done in review articles and practice guidelines will be highlighted.

Lumbar Medial Branch Radiofrequency Neurotomy: An EBM Overview of Selection and Technique

David J. Kennedy, MD

Epidural Steroid Injections: Evidence-Based Techniques Yield Positive Outcomes

Timothy P. Maus, MD

Practical Application of Evidence-Based Medicine Principles to the Mint Randomized Clinical Trials

Yakov Vorobeychik, MD PhD

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify patients suffering from pain of facet joint origin with high specificity and appropriate sensitivity.
  • Perform anatomically correct RF neurotomy that will lesion the medial branch effectively.
  • Select epidural steroid injection techniques that maximize outcomes in radicular pain patients.
12:30 pm-1:30 pm

Concurrent Commercially Supported Lunch Symposium

Legislation and Litigation: A Moving Target Impacting Patient Care

Policymakers under pressure to pass legislation to address the continuing opioid crisis, and overzealous prosecutors seeking to crack down on inappropriate opioid prescribing sometimes overlook the needs of patients with legitimate pain conditions. In this rapidly changing landscape, it is important that pain practitioners are aware of recent trends in state legislation. By understanding what rules apply to their practice, they can be diligent in their practice of prescribing opioids and other controlled substances, thereby safeguarding appropriate patient access. Adopting such practices will also help to protect their patients from harm, and to shield themselves from criminal, civil, or administrative liability.

Educational Objectives:

  • Identify recent trends in state legislation around opioid prescribing
  • Evaluate the impact of legislation on patient care and professional liability
  • Review cases where opioid prescribers are prosecuted to apply lessons that help them protect their practice from investigation

AAPM provided lunch.

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Activity funded by: Pernix Therapeutics


Michael C. Barnes, Esq
Lynn R. Webster, MD

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