The AAPM 2021 educational program will be available in fall 2020. In the meantime browse 2020 meeting sessions and speakers to get a sense of the premier pain education offered during the AAPM Annual Meeting & Preconferences. Access recordings of past meeting sessions on demand.

Networking Activities

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The AAPM Annual Meeting is the must-attend meeting of the year because it brings together a multidisciplinary group of pain medicine clinicians. A full schedule of networking activities taking place during AAPM 2020 in National Harbor, MD will be available in fall 2019. Highlights are expected to include:

Problem Based Learning Discussions

Step out of the convention center on Saturday night, February 29, 7-8:30 pm, for an evening of conversation and refreshments during the AAPM 2020 Problem-Based Learning Discussion event at Granite City Food & Brewery in National Harbor, MD.

AAPM 2020 Receptions

Join AAPM leadership, fellow meeting attendees, and industry partners during evening receptions in the Resource Center. Receptions provide an excellent opportunity to socialize and network with colleagues, view more than 180 scientific poster abstracts featuring the latest pain research, and learn about the newest technologies and products to improve your practice and patient care.

Meet the Faculty

AAPM is excited to again feature Meet the Faculty events during meeting breaks. Plan to attend in the Resource Center during the following times for the opportunity to get your questions answered by pain medicine experts and engage in discussion with fellow meeting attendees.

Behavioral Pain Medicine MTF:  Thursday 5:30-6pm

Invited faculty: Daniel Bruns, Luana Colloca, Ed Covington, Beth Darnall, Francis Keefe, Tonya Palermo, Judith Scheman, Brennan Spiegel, Ajay Wasan

Neuromodulation MTF:  Friday 10:15-10:45am

Invited faculty: Magdalena Anitescu, Tim Lamer, Michael Leong, Lawrence Poree, David Provenzano, Peter Staats

Cannabis and Pain MTF:  Friday 4-4:30pm

Invited faculty: David Edwards, Thomas Pittelkow, Mark Wallace

Meet the Research Experts:  Friday 6-6:30pm (already invited)

Invited faculty: 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 

Interventional Management of Pain MTF: Saturday 10:30-11am

Invited faculty: Steven Cohen, Mike Hooten, Robert Hurley, Samer Narouze, David Provenzano

AAPM Shared Interest Groups (SIGs)

Meeting registrants are invited to participate in SIG meetings, offering an opportunity for attendees to connect with a niche community of practitioners who share similar interests. Meeting times and locations will be posted as they become available. The following AAPM SIGs will meet in Denver:

  • Acute Pain Medicine
  • Interdisciplinary Pain Medicine
  • Federal Medicine
  • Headache and Orofacial Pain Medicine
  • Pain Psychology
  • Primary Care
  • Resident Fellow Education
  • Women in Pain Medicine

Learn more about AAPM SIGs.

AAPM Town Hall

It’s an extraordinary time as the specialty of pain medicine undergoes dynamic changes and endures continuing challenges. The AAPM Town Hall will offer an opportunity to discuss the changing landscape of pain medicine with fellow pain practitioners and stakeholders.

Resource Center

The AAPM Resource Center is home base for AAPM Annual Meeting networking events. At the Resource Center, you can

  • Enjoy complimentary beverages and network with colleagues during meeting breaks.
  • Continue your education by viewing scientific poster abstract presentations.
  • Visit the AAPM booth to learn about membership, education products, and the AAPM Foundation.
  • Meet exhibitors presenting the latest information that will benefit your practice and patients and compare relevant products and services in one convenient place.
  • Attend short programming at Presentation Centre that will demonstrate multimodal methods of pain management.
  • Relax and recharge in the AAPM Lounge.
7:00 PM–8:30 PM Saturday, February 29

Problem-Based Learning Discussions at Granite City Brewery

Step out of the convention center on Saturday night, February 29, 7-8:30 pm, for an evening of conversation and refreshments during the AAPM 2020 Problem-Based Learning Discussion event at Granite City Food & Brewery in National Harbor, MD.

The event offers meeting goers a chance to network with colleagues by engaging in interactive discussions on controversial topics related to real-world cases. Expert faculty members including Drs. Eric Schoomaker, Beth Darnall, Trip Buckenmaier, Mark Wallace, Nafisseh Warner, Gary Brenner, and Stephen Wegener will guide table conversations in a relaxed, social atmosphere to promote more in-depth discussions on contemporary topics pertinent to practicing pain medicine.

Each ticket includes entry to the event and appetizers, plus your first drink is on AAPM.

To sign up online, select the PBLD event during step 3 of the checkout process while you’re registering for the meeting. Existing meeting registrants can add a PBLD ticket to their registration by calling 847-375-4731. Onsite registration will be available at the meeting registration desk.

Space is limited, and registration will be available until the event sells out.

Table Topics & Faculty

Integrative pain management and the state of pain care in the military

Eric Schoomaker

Pain psychology

Beth Darnall & Stephen Wegener


Mark Wallace

How to get your foot in the door with academic medicine: Research and Beyond

Nafisseh Warner & Gary Brenner


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