Thursday, February 27 (6)

8:00 AM–3:30 PM

Advanced Ultrasound-Guided Pain Medicine Interventions (002) Featured

The field of pain medicine ultrasonography is rapidly evolving with new applications for acute and chronic pain that can be rapidly applied to clinical practice. Ultrasound guidance offers the potential benefits of accuracy, portability, direct visualization of vasculature, absence of radiation exposure and potentially lower cost. 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 new indications, safety and outcomes.

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


Head and Neck

Including third occipital nerve, cervical medial branch, cervical facet joint, TMJ, cervical selective nerve root block, stellate ganglion, occipital nerve, V2/V3, and US guidance for nerve ablation

David A. Edwards, MD PhD
Lynn Kohan, MD

Lumbar Spine, Sacrum, Pelvis

Including lumbar facet joint injection, lumbar medial branch, SI joint, SI joint denervation (posterior sacral network), caudal epidural, piriformis, iliopsoas bursa, IL/IH nerve, genitofemoral nerve, pudendal nerve, lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, US guidance for nerve ablation

Ming-Chi Kao, MD PhD
Vafi Salmasi, MD

Upper Extremity Musculoskeletal and Nerve

Including AC joint, glenohumeral joint, subacromial/subdeltoid bursa, biceps tendon, suprascapular nerve, cubital tunnel, carpal tunnel, US guidance for nerve ablation and brachial plexus blocks

James Khan, MD MSc
Jee Youn Moon, MD PhD FIPP CIPS

Lower Extremity

Including hip joint, knee joint, trochanteric bursa, saphenous nerve, common peroneal nerve at the fibular head, superficial peroneal nerve, deep peroneal nerve, tibial nerve, sural nerve, US guidance for nerve ablation

Tina Doshi, MD MHS
Christy Hunt, DO

Ultrasound Guidance for Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

Amitabh Gulati, MD
Eellan Sivanesan, MD

Ultrasound Guidance for Regenerative Medicine

Einar Ottestad, MD FIPP CIPS
Eugene Roh, MD

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe pain sonography spanning the head, neck, spine, pelvis, and upper and lower extremities.
  • Describe the utility of ultrasound guidance in ablation, peripheral nerve stimulation, and regenerative medicine interventions.
  • Recognize the limitations of spine sonography and the process of ultrasound-assisted vs. ultrasound-guided neuraxial injections.

The 2020 Advanced Ultrasound-Guided Pain Medicine Interventions preconference course is supported in part by in-kind durable equipment borrowed from the following companies as of February 14, 2020: Avanos, Clarius Mobile Health, GE Healthcare, Konica Minolta, Mark2 Medical, Inc., a Mindray Distributor; RGS Healthcare, Safersonic, SPR Therapeutics.


8-8:55 am
Rotation 1

8:55-9:50 am
Rotation 2

9:50-10 am

0-10:55 am
Rotation 3

10:55-11:50 am
Rotation 4

11:50 am-Noon

Noon-1:30 pm

1:30-2:25 pm
Rotation 5

2:25-3:10 pm
Rotation 6

3:10-3:15 pm
Q&A and closing remarks

8:00 AM–11:45 AM

Strategies for Effective Pain Management (Free REMS Course) Featured

Free CME REMS course, Strategies for Effective Pain Management

Program Overview

These 3 sessions, compromised of six CME modules, comprise a REMS-compliant training program focused on the safe prescribing of opioid analgesics.

  • Pre and Post test questions for each module to be ran through the Audience Response System.
  • Attendees will also complete an assessment form confirming their completion of the training. 


  • Strategies for Effective Pain Management: The Basics
  • Strategies for Effective Pain Management: Individualizing Treatment
  • Strategies for Effective Pain Management: Managing Patients on Opioid Analgesics

Educational Objectives

Following participation in this session you will be able to:

  1. Increase prescribers’ knowledge of all options for pain management, including non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic approaches
  2. Improve prescribers’ knowledge of definitions and mechanisms of pain
  3. Increase prescribers’ understanding of appropriate pain assessment and assessment of potential risk factors for abuse and opioid use disorder/addiction
  4. Improve prescribers’ knowledge, competence and performance in the area of integrating opioids into individualized treatment plans to meet the needs of patients and managing those patients
  5. Help prescribers incorporate practices that facilitate the reduction of risks associated with prescription of opioid analgesics, as well as safe storage and disposal
  6. Improve prescribers’ skills in patient and caregiver counseling, including counseling about the use of naloxone for opioid overdose
  7. Help prescribers recognize opioid use disorder and act appropriately to treat or refer those patients


The nation is facing competing public health issues: the need to adequately treat a large number of Americans with acute and chronic pain, and a crisis of prescription opioid abuse. Pri-Med’s Strategies for Effective Pain Management curriculum focuses on improving practitioners’ ability to recognize, diagnose, and classify pain; educating providers on the full spectrum of pain management options, including non-opioid pharmacologic interventions; and providing risk reduction strategies through integration of opioids into individualized pain management plans. Clinicians will also learn to recognize signs and symptoms of opioid dependence and abuse to better manage patients’ pain and medication use. It is critically important that Clinicians have all the information they need to properly treat their patients and safely manage their pain.

This program is free. Advance registration is required.

CME Accreditation and Credit Designation Statements

Pri-Med Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Pri-Med Institute designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Certificates of Credit/Attendance for the REMS Course will be provided to attendees by Pri-Med Institute.

MOCA 2.0® Credits

Physicians in the “Strategies for Effective Pain Management” symposium may receive MOCA 2.0® credit upon completion of the session evaluation. Pri-Med Institute will report participant completion data to the American Board of Anesthesiology via the ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) on behalf of the participant.

Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology™ program and MOCA 2.0® are registered trademarks of The American Board of Anesthesiology®. This activity contributes to the CME component of the American Board of

Anesthesiology’s redesigned Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology™ (MOCA®) program, known as MOCA 2.0®. Please consult the ABA website,, for a list of all MOCA 2.0 requirements.

ABPMR MOC Part II Lifelong Learning

Physicians in the “Strategies for Effective Pain Management” symposium will receive a CME credit certificate upon completion of the session evaluation, AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ can be applied toward ABPMR MOC Part II Lifelong Learning CME credit; participants will need to report these CME credits directly into their ABPMR MOC Homepage.

State-Required CME

This activity satisfies topic-specific CME requirements (pain management, controlled substances, etc) of many

state licensing boards. Please check with your state’s licensing boards for specific requirements.


Completion of this accredited CME activity meets the expectations of an Accredited Safety or Quality Improvement

Program (IA_PSPA_28) for the Merit-based Incentive Payment Program (MIPS).

Clinicians who are eligible for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) can report participation in this CME activity as an Improvement Activity. This is a Medium weighted activity, in the Patient Safety and Practice Assessment sub-category. For group reporting (during CY 2020), a group or virtual group can attest to an activity when at least 50% of the clinicians in the group or virtual group perform the same activity during any continuous 90-day period (or as specified in the activity description) in the same performance year. For more information, visit

This REMS symposium will be available on-demand at in late March, to achieve 50% participation in your group.

This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from the Opioid Analgesic REMS Program Companies. Please see for a listing of REMS Program Companies. This activity is intended to be fully compliant with the Opioid Analgesic REMS education requirements issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).


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