PAINWeek, the largest U.S. conference for front-line pain medicine practitioners, will hold its 10th annual meeting at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Sept. 6–10. The conference agenda features interactive presentations from leading pain medicine professionals, and is designed to improve both clinical practices and the treatment of patients in pain.
A returning participant will be the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), a medical society representing physicians practicing in the pain medicine field, and whose activities include education, training, advocacy, and research in pain medicine. “AAPM is excited to present a cutting-edge PAINWeek program,” Phil Saigh, executive director of AAPM, said in a press release. Because the practice of pain medicine is multi-disciplinary, AAPM members come from a variety of specialties, including anesthesiology, internal medicine, neurology, neurological surgery, orthopedic surgery, physiatry, and psychiatry.
PAINWeek 2016 expects over 2,300 physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals to take part in its comprehensive course offerings, satellite events, and exhibits. In addition, more than 100 offerings will be part of Exhibit Hall, commencing with the traditional Welcome Reception on Wednesday, Sept. 7.
Conference sessions also begin on Sept. 7, with scheduled presentations covering topics that include fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Others are “Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) Under Attack! Use, Misuse, and Abuse of Clinical Practice Guidelines,” and the two-part “It Takes a Village: Caring for the Whole Patient From an Integrative Therapies Approach” and “With an Interdisciplinary Team (case studies).” Special interest sessions include “The Medical Stasi: Is Risk Management for Controlled Substances Destroying the Provider-Patient Relationship?”, “The MEDD Myth: Practice and Research Implications,” and “If 6 Were 9: The CDC’s Opioid Prescribing Guidelines and the Veil of Secrecy.”
As in past years, the 2016 conference curriculum will feature an array of course concentrations, including behavioral pain management, health coaching, interventional pain management, master classes, medical/legal, neurology, palliative care, and pharmacotherapy. PAINWeek curriculum now offers more than 120 hours of continuing medical education courses and master classes, special interest sessions, and satellite events for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, and other healthcare professionals, enabling conference attendees to earn up to 36.0 AMA PRA Category 1 credits.
PAINWeek 2016 CME course concentrations will include acute pain management, behavioral pain management, chronic pain prevention and care, health coaching, interventional pain management, medical/legal issues, neurology, pain and chemical dependency, pain management in the emergency department (ED), palliative care, and pharmacotherapy. There will also be full-day programs presented by the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the American Pain Society, the American Society of Pain Educators, the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, and the Veterans’ Health Administration.
A conference schedule, available at painweek.org/schedule, provides an overview of presentations and courses.
PAINWeek also allows up to four guests per registered attendee at a cost of $159/guest. Guests will not earn CME credits and cannot be employees of commercial entities (eg: pharmaceutical/device companies, laboratories, etc). Guests are welcome to attend and audit all PAINWeek courses, visit the Exhibit Hall, and attend the welcome reception, but are not generally permitted to participate in third-party satellite events (PDMs, breakfast and lunch symposia, etc.) except at the discretion of each event organizer.
PAINWeek 2016 Conference
American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM)