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.

4:45 PM–5:45 PM Friday, February 28

How to Get Your Research Published (213)

This recurring symposium is designed to assist new or young researchers in understanding the process of formalizing and executing publishable ideas and concepts and goes through the step-by-step process of preparing, writing, and submitting this work for publication.

Nuts and Bolts of Preparing a Publishable Idea

Norman Harden

Pragmatic Hints for Publication Strategy

W. Michael Hooten

Publishing FAQs

Rachel Safer

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the research process a propos developing projects that will ultimately be publishable.
  • Review the basic and common rules of publication.
  • Review the basic editorial process, using pain medicine as an example.
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2:45 PM–3:45 PM Friday, February 28

Addressing Controversies Around Epidural Steroid Injections (212)

This session will explore the evidence for opioid sparing, improved function, and surgery prevention from treatment by epidural steroid injection (ESI) and explore other controversies around ESI.

Session Introduction

Samer Narouze

Evidence for Opioid Sparing, Improved Function, and Surgery Prevention

Dermot Maher

Transforaminal vs. Interlaminar Epidural Injection: When to Perform, When to Inject

David Kennedy

Should Anticoagulants Be Held Before ESI?

Susan Moeschler

Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze the literature regarding ESI outcomes: opioid sparing, improved function, and surgery prevention.
  • Develop a plan for when to perform TF vs. IL ESI and how to integrate it into a multimodal plan of care.
  • Assess the pros and cons of using nonparticulate vs. particulate steroids, and recognize the impact of managing anticoagulants with ESI.
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2:45 PM–3:45 PM Friday, February 28

How to Get Your Research Funded (209)

This session provides a comprehensive overview for any clinician interested in pursuing a career in clinical research. A National Institutes of Health (NIH) program officer will decode funding opportunities for further research training, career development, and educational loan repayment. The productive mentor-mentee relationship will be discussed in the context of developing successful grant applications.

Advice for the Junior Investigator: Tips for Getting Started

Jennifer Hah

Mapping NIH Funding Opportunities to Career Stage

Yu Lin

Career Paths for the Clinician Scientist

Sean Mackey

Intellectual Property

Kayode Williams

AAPM's Research Grants Program

Robert Hurley, Norman Harden

Industry Funding

Norman Harden

NIH Research

Linda L. Porter

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify paths available at all career stages, from trainee to faculty, to pursue a career as a clinician scientist.
  • Compare NIH funding mechanisms available for research support, educational loan repayment, postdoctoral research training, and career development and to select appropriate funding opportunities given an individual’s research training and experience to date.
  • Demonstrate understanding of successful components of the mentor-mentee relationship and the critical role mentorship plays in supporting a clinician's research training and activities as well as to review the grant application process and components critical to writing a competitive grant application.

This session does not offer CME.

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Moderator:

Jennifer Hah

Co-Presenters:

Yu Lin

Sean Mackey

Kayode Williams

Robert Hurley

Norman Harden

Linda L. Porter

11:00 AM–12:00 PM Friday, February 28

Cutting Through the Hype: Marijuana and CBD Oil for Pain (203)

In 2018, the United States opioid epidemic raged on with more than 45,000 overdose deaths. Several states have legalized medical or recreational marijuana, and all forms of cannabis products are being used for the treatment of pain. In many cases, patients and prescribers prefer using cannabis as an alternative to opioids, but the strength of the evidence for this is not widely understood. This session will provide learners with knowledge of the strength of evidence for using cannabis products for treatment of pain and opioid reduction as well as help learners gain an understanding of the acute and chronic risks of THC/CBD treatments.

Cannabinoid Biology

David Edwards

CBD Oil for Pain?

Thomas Pittelkow

Cannabis to Reduce Opioid Use?

Mark Wallace

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the biology of the endocannabinoid system and how exogenous cannabinoids are hypothesized to treat pain.
  • Assess the strength of peer-reviewed evidence for the use of cannabis and CBD oil for the treatment of pain.
  • Explain the risks and benefits of cannabis use for pain treatment.
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Moderator:

Mark Wallace

Co-Presenters:

David Edwards

Thomas Pittelkow

7:00 AM–8:30 AM Friday, February 28

AAPM Foundation Spotlight: Opioid Reduction (102)

Members of a consensus committee formed to address the care of those on long-term, high-dose opioids, especially “legacy patients,” will discuss methods and ethics of compassionate management with extensive audience participation. Criteria for maintaining vs. weaning, opioid use “gray zones,” the role of buprenorphine, i.a., will be discussed.

This is a non-CME event.

AAPM Foundation Opioid Reduction Consensus Project Introduction

Charles Argoff, MD

High Dose Patients: Taper or Maintain?

Ajay Manhapra

What Should Be Done About Dangerous Combinations

Michael Hooten, MD

When Is Referral Actually Abandonment

Mark Sullivan

Continue or Curtail, Consensual or Coercive: Who Decides?

Ed Covington

How to Taper

Mark Sullivan

Complex Persistent Dependence

Jane Ballantyne, MD FRCA

Fiscal Responsibility Versus Duties as Healers

Steven Stanos, DO

A Balancing Act: Tools to Help Taper

Jennifer Murphy, PhD

Learning Objectives:

  • Determine whether and how to reduce opioids.
  • Develop and implement a plan for comfortable opioid and sedative reduction.
  • Effectively manage those who, despite no opioid use disorder, respond poorly to both opioid escalation and reduction.
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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

Cannabinoids

Mark Wallace

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

Nafisseh Warner & Gary Brenner

 

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3:00 PM–4:00 PM Saturday, February 29

Headache Rapid-Fire: Headache Management Pearls for the Pain Provider (315)

Headache, facial pain, and interventions commonly are are referred to a pain specialist, as they often are under-represented in pain training. This will be a fast-paced, case-based, audience-involved session focusing on practical clinical pearls in the diagnosis and treatment of headache disorders seen in pain medicine practices.

Headache Rapid-Fire Panel

James Watson, Dmitri Souza, Meredith Barad

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize common headache syndromes seen in pain medicine practices and evidence-based treatment recommendations.
  • Interpret the role of interventional procedures in various headache syndromes.
  • Identify unique treatments appropriate for spontaneous intracranial hypotension headache, cluster headache, severe acute on chronic headache, and refractory chronic daily headaches.
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Moderator:

James Watson

Co-Presenters:

Meredith Barad

Dmitri Souza

1:45 PM–2:45 PM Saturday, February 29

Botulinum, Biologics, and IT Therapies for Chronic Pain: Research and Reimbursement (319)

AAPM and APPD welcomes you to attend this inaugural three-session educational event where fellowship directors from across the country will discuss the fellowship selection process, provide tips for a successful match, and discuss the literature, patient selection, and billing/coding for popular Interventional procedures.

This is a non-CME event.

Botulinum and Biologics for Chronic Pain

Charles Argoff, MD

IT Pumps: Medications, Evidence, and Technique

Nalini Sehgal, MD

Botulinum and IT Therapies Evidence, Documentation, Billing and Coding

Amy Turner, RN BSN MMHC CPC CHC CHIAP

Panel Discussion

Learning objectives:

  • Explain the literature, documentation, and payment principles behind botulinum and biologic medications.
  • Explain the literature, documentation, and payment principles behind intrathecal therapies.
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