Sunday, April 29 (13)


8 am - 1:30 pm Registration Open

7–7:50 am

General Session IV (105) Featured

The final AAPM 34th Annual Meeting plenary sessions will focus on the late-breaking findings of consensus guidelines about the use of ketamine for acute and chronic pain.

Guidelines for the Use of Ketamine to Treat Acute and Chronic Pain

An expert panel will offer insight into key findings on indications for the use of ketamine, optimal dosing, physiological monitoring, and contraindications from a newly developed clinical guideline.

Ketamine: Development of the ASRA, AAPM, and ASA Guidelines for Chronic Pain Recommendations for Use

Stephen P. Cohen, MD

Pre-Treatment Testing and Monitoring for Ketamine Infusions

Robert W. Hurley, MD PhD

Contraindications for Ketamine Infusions

Ajay D. Wasan, MD MSc

Clinical Indications and Treatment Effects of Ketamine for Chronic Pain

W. Michael Hooten, MD

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify patient subgroups where ketamine use is indicated.
  • Select optimal dose and duration of ketamine administration for acute and chronic pain.
  • Demonstrate working knowledge about which physiological monitors are needed to safely administer ketamine.
8–9 am

Cancer/Palliative Care Track—Curing Cancer May Hurt: Updates and Strategies for Managing Treatment-Related Cancer Pain (401)

Evolving cancer treatment options include the newer perioperative protocols, radiation therapies, and chemo and immunotherapies, each resulting in pain syndromes that vary from the common expected symptom burdens from traditional treatments. This case-based, interactive session will expand learners’ understanding of some of the newer cancer treatment options and some of the pain sequelae of those treatments; and recommend approaches that can help those patients.

Advances in Radiation Treatments and Resultant Pain Syndromes in the Oncologic Population

Vinay Puttanniah, MD

Advances in Oncologic Surgical Pain Treatments: ERAS Protocols and Chronic Surgical Pain Syndromes

Thomas Van de Ven, MD PhD

Emerging Pain Syndromes and Treatment Options for Newer Chemo- and Immunotherapies

Amitabh Gulati, MD

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine newer forms of radiation therapy (variations on conventional XRT and newer uses of proton beam) and expected pain syndromes associated with them with potential treatment options.
  • Examine newer chemotherapeutics and immunotherapies which are becoming commonplace, and resultant pain syndromes.
  • Discuss the impact of ERAS protocols and advances in post-surgical pain management which will improve practice delivery of patient care.
8–9 am

NANS Neuromodulation Track—Spinal Cord Stimulation Mechanisms: Indications and Best Practices (402)

This session will present the science underpinning proposed SCS mechanisms of action, and patient selection considerations—a key to successful clinical outcomes.

Welcome and Introduction

B. Todd Sitzman, MD MPH

Spinal Cord Stimulation in Chronic Pain: Mode of Action

Ricardo Vallejo, MD PhD

SCS Patient Selection Considerations and Disease Specific Indications

B. Todd Sitzman, MD MPH

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss emerging technologies, scientific outcomes data and clinical best practices in spinal cord stimulation.
  • Describe the increasing application of SCS for refractory neck, low back, upper and lower extremity pain.
  • Identify best practices in SCS to provide safe, effective and successful treatment of refractory pain.
8–9 am

Behavioral Medicine Track—A Behavioral Medicine Workshop for Healthcare Professionals: Advanced Skills Target High-Impact Chronic Pain! (403)

This first of four sessions discusses the foundational nuts-and-bolts knowledge on integrating behavioral medicine into clinical care.

The Psychological Science of Pain and Relief

Beth D. Darnall, PhD

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the critical role of psychology in the experience and treatment of chronic pain.
  • Identify and address barriers to pain psychology in one's own practice (e.g., patient receptivity; lack of knowledge of the treatment modality; lack of resources)
  • Increase confidence to effectively engage patients in psychosocial pain care (through interactive role-playing, acquisition of skills.)
  • Acquire tangible, immediately implementable resources to facilitate patient receptivity to psychosocial treatment approaches.
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