Friday, February 28 (23)

6:45 PM-7:45 PM

Women in Pain Medicine SIG Reception

All AAPM 2020 meeting participants –women and men! – with an interest in recruiting and nurturing the careers of women in pain medicine are encouraged to attend the Women in Pain Medicine SIG Reception. SIG Chairs, Susan Moeschler, MD, and Stephanie Neuman, MD, will lead an evening of conversation and engagement.

Dr. Tina Doshi will deliver a timely presentation about diversity in pain medicine.


Tina Doshi, MD MHS

6-6:30 PM

Meet the Research Experts

Head to the AAPM booth in the Resource Center for the opportunity to get your questions answered by pain medicine experts and engage in discussion with 2020 presenters.


Robert Bolash

Rollin Gallagher

Jennifer Hah

Marie Hanna

Norman Harden

W. Michael Hooten

Robert Hurley

Yu Lin

Sean Mackey

Linda Porter

Rachel Safer

Kayode Williams 

4:45 PM–5:45 PM

Do We Still Need Placebo Studies? (216)

Numerous studies have demonstrated that placebos can be powerful analgesics. If placebos aren't as inactive as we once thought, do we still need placebo-controlled studies in pain? This session will explore the placebo effect, underlying mechanisms, modifying factors, and its role in the design and interpretation of clinical pain trials.

Understanding the Placebome: How Genomics Affects Placebo Response

Kathryn Hall

The Power of Placebo in Pain Studies

Luana Colloca

'Placebo' Interventions: Are They Even Possible?

Tina Doshi

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify patient and study design characteristics that can alter the placebo effect in pain studies and improve clinical trial design.
  • Assess various types of placebo treatments in pharmacological and interventional pain studies and their impact on study interpretation.

Kathryn Hall

Luana Colloca


Tina Doshi

4:45 PM–5:45 PM

Lumbar Facet Block and Radiofrequency Ablation International Consensus Guidelines Part 2 (214)

A recording of this session is now available in the AAPM Education Center, free to AAPM members.

This symposium presents the findings of an international consortium of pain medicine and governmental organizations on the treatment of lumbar facet joint pain to include patient selection, performance and interpretation of diagnostic blocks, and optimization of radiofrequency ablation outcomes.

Minimizing Complications with Lumbar Facet Blocks

Samer Narouze

Should Facet Block Patients Routinely Be Sedated?

Robert Hurley

Differences Between Clinical Practice and Clinical Trials

Mark Wallace

Should a Trial of Conservative Care Be Mandatory Before Facet Blocks?

David Kennedy

Should Sensory and Motor Testing Be Used Before Radiofrequency Ablation?

Zirong Zhao

Learning Objectives:

  • Improve selection criteria for “diagnostic” facet blocks.
  • Learn how to maximize lesion size and its relationship to RF ablation success rate.
  • Identify the issues surrounding patient selection for clinical practice and clinical trials.
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