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AAPM Annual Meeting

The AAPM Annual Meeting is the must-attend educational event for all clinicians treating pain

The AAPM Annual Meeting provides education for the entire pain care team. It’s an opportunity to network with fellow pain colleagues, learn from leading experts in the field, and hear about the latest clinical and scientific advancements in the field.

The AAPM Annual Meeting is in its 37th year and takes place each winter or spring. AAPM 2021 will be held in a virtual format, on dates still to be determined. See Future Meetings below to learn more and join the AAPM 2021 mail list.

A multidisciplinary, multimodal committee of experts works with the Academy education team to generate an educational program featuring the latest advancements in research, clinical best practices, patient management, practice management, and the diagnosis and treatment of patients in pain. Unlike any other meeting, the AAPM Annual Meeting offers an educational program that educates and informs the multidisciplinary practice of pain medicine rather than one subspecialty area of pain management. At the AAPM Annual Meeting you can expect to hear about the latest in a wide variety of pain treatment disciplines and modalities.

Past meetings

AAPM 2020 a success in National Harbor

Thanks to all who participated in AAPM 2020, a 5-day educational event in National Harbor, MD that featured 4 preconference courses and more than 40 Annual Meeting sessions presented by a multidisciplinary pain experts from around the country.

Past Meeting Archive

For prior meeting locations and information about all recent AAPM Annual Meetings, see the past meeting archive.

Future meetings

AAPM 2021 will be held, this spring, in a virtual format, on dates still to be determined.

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Pain Medicine Clinician Resource

AAPM offers resources, tools, and guidelines designed to support your practice and your patients.

Pain practitioners are not only highly trained in the many treatment approaches of pain medicine, but are often required to run successful pain businesses. Access practical tools and resources for you to use in your pain practice. Coding, policies, patient education and other helpful information will support your daily practice decisions and business needs.

COVID-19 Resources

AAPM is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak with a goal of providing pain medicine professionals with the news and information they need.

Patient Education Resources

Give your patients what they need to feel better, body and mind. These resources for pain patients help you inform your patients about pain, lead them to a pain specialist in their area, or connect them with organizations that directly serve pain patients.

Clinical Guidelines

AAPM develops clinical practice guidelines for use in the treatment of pain based on clinical expertise and a review of the relevant literature by diverse groups of highly trained clinicians.

Tools for Practice and Advocacy

AAPM provides tools for you to improve your practice and get involved in improving the field of pain. Advocate for your patients and colleagues, and get the best recommendations from experts in the field to improve your treatment and patient outcomes. Check out these tools from AAPM:

AAPM Career Center

Looking for a practice that’s hiring or a professional to hire? Use AAPM’s Career Center to post or apply for jobs in pain medicine around the country.

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Pain Medicine Education

Improve your skills with excellent pain education products designed by experts in the field.

The AAPM CME program is designed to assess needs, plan, and implement educational activities for physicians who seek to provide quality health care to patients suffering from acute and chronic pain. Through these activities, AAPM will enhance knowledge, competence, and performance in the field of pain medicine.

AAPM offers and promotes a wide range of educational resources for clinicians on important topics including cutting-edge scientific developments, new concepts in treatment, and the best methodologies for delivery of pain medicine. 

On-Demand Education and Live Events

Take advantage of education developed renowned experts in pain medicine from the comfort of your home. Access webinars, past meeting recordings, seminars, and more.

On-demand education Upcoming live events

AAPM Annual Meeting and Preconferences

Join AAPM for the must-attend pain medicine meeting of the year for all clinicians treating patients in pain. Learn from leading experts in the field, network, and hear about the latest scientific and technical advancements in pain.

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Pain Medicine Journal

Pain Medicine is the premier source of peer-reviewed research and commentary on matters relevant to the multidisciplinary clinical practice of pain medicine.

Access the journal

Multidisciplinary Pain Textbooks

AAPM has several published educational texts devoted to multidisciplinary approaches to pain treatment and management. Many are available both in print and digitally.

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AAPM Accreditation

In its last survey by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), AAPM was awarded Accreditation with Commendation for a term of 6 years (through November 2023) as a provider of continuing medical education for physicians.

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Pain Medicine News

Get the latest pain medicine news and current events.

AAPM news helps you stay on top of the latest news and information from across the multidisciplinary field of pain.

  • AAPM News: Updates from the Academy, including Annual Meeting news, member news, and any other promotions, changes, events, and more. Members are invited to submit news about themselves or a colleague to [email protected] Submissions will be published based on content and space available.
  • Advocacy and Legislation News: Updates in legislation, public statements, AAPM’s advocacy efforts and opportunities, and pain awareness initiatives.
  • Pain Research and News: Noteworthy and new research, abstracts in the news, and PubMed updates.
  • Practice Management: Coding updates from Emily Hill, recommendations, guidelines, and coding updates that may impact practice.
  • Clinical Trials and Funding Opportunities: NIH clinical trials, open periods for grants, and more.
  • Industry News: Updates from the pain industry.

Become an AAPM member and start receiving the Academy’s biweekly e-newsletter for the latest news delivered straight to your inbox.

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The American Academy of Pain Medicine is the medical specialty society for pain clinicians, surgeons, nurses, and researchers.

For more than 35 years the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) has been the premier non-profit, professional medical association serving the multidisciplinary pain care team through education, advocacy, and research.

Our members improve function and quality of life for people in pain. As an AAPM member, you’ll join a distinguished community of physicians, allied health professionals, and researchers with a sustained interest in pain disorders and pain management.

AAPM members enjoy benefits including:

  • Subscription to Pain Medicine, a peer-reviewed indexed journal (12 issues per year)
  • E-News, a bi-weekly e-newsletter with the most current information on pain medicine
  • Discounts on attending the annual meeting
  • Access to the library of pain medicine resources, position statements and coding information on AAPM’s website

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AAPM’s members come from all of the multidisciplinary roles of the pain care team.

Active members are physicians who have backgrounds in a variety of disciplines, such as anesthesiology, family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, physiatry, and psychiatry, and non-physicians who possess a doctoral level degree in psychology or neuroscience. Active members may vote, serve as officers or directors, and serve on and vote in committees, and are required to pay dues.

International members are physicians (i.e., doctors of medicine or doctors of osteopathy) who have a license to practice medicine within their country of origin outside of the United States and Canada.

Affiliate members are nonphysician professionals who provide direct patient care as part of a pain care team or whose principal professional responsibilities support the field of pain medicine, and do not otherwise qualify for Active membership as described above. Clinical Practice Affiliate members may co-chair committees with a current Active member and serve as voting members of committees or as liaisons to committees. They cannot hold office or vote in business outside of their committee appointments.

Trainee/Fellow and Resident members are enrolled and in good standing in a residency or fellowship program approved by either the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or the American Osteopathic Association at an institution within the United States. Program directors have the option of group enrollment for their entire fellowship class, or you can a enroll individually by selecting the ‘trainee’ membership option.

Medical Student members are enrolled and in good standing in a curriculum approved by either the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or the American Osteopathic Association at an institution within the United States and Canada.

Affiliate student members must be enrolled and in good standing in an accredited graduate-level program (other than medical school) in the United States or Canada, leading to licensure, registration, or certification in a clinical healthcare profession that is involved in direct care of patients in pain.

Learn more and join

Do you have a question about membership? Contact us by phone at 847-375-4731 or email us at [email protected].

About the American Academy of Pain Medicine

The American Academy of Pain Medicine

The practice of pain medicine is multidisciplinary in approach, incorporating modalities from various specialties to ensure the comprehensive evaluation and treatment of the pain patient. AAPM members comprise a professional community of clinicians with a sustained interest in pain disorders and their management.

Founded in 1983, AAPM is the medical specialty society representing physicians and their team members practicing in the field of pain medicine. The Academy is involved in education, training, advocacy, and research in the specialty of pain medicine.

AAPM aims to be the recognized authority for appropriate and effective pain care through its knowledge, scholarship, and commitment. Propelled by members from all disciplines in pain, AAPM works to improve the study and treatment of pain.

AAPM’s Mission Statement

AAPM is dedicated to its mission of advancing and promoting the full spectrum of multidisciplinary pain care, education, advocacy, and research to improve function and quality of life for people in pain.

AAPM members come from all areas of pain medicine.

Members represent a variety of origins, including anesthesiology, internal medicine, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, physiatry, psychiatry, psychology, and neuroscience. These topics are also represented across AAPM’s various committees and task forces, as well as AAPM’s shared interest groups.

Learn About AAPM Membership

As the field of pain medicine has grown, a defined body of knowledge and scope of practice have emerged, and today, pain medicine is acknowledged as a discrete discipline by the American Medical Association (AMA). AAPM is the first pain organization with representation in the AMA House of Delegates and AAPM’s advocacy efforts are a top priority for the organization.

Learn more about AAPM by learning about the code of ethics, visiting the press room, reviewing corporate support opportunities, or learning about the AAPM Foundation.

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