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AAPM is accredited by ACCME to provide continuing medical education to physicians.

accme logoIn 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. The 6-year accreditation is the highest accreditation awarded by the ACCME.

The ACCME rewards providers that participate as strategic partners in quality initiatives within their institution, health system, or community through collaborative alliances; implement educational strategies to remove, overcome or address barriers to physician change; and integrate CME into the process for improving professional practice. Providers who achieve Accreditation with Commendation have demonstrated compliance with specific Accreditation Criteria to achieve commendation.

ACCME’s goal is to encourage and reward accredited CME providers like AAPM for implementing best practices in pedagogy, engagement, evaluation, and change management, and for focusing on generating meaningful outcomes.

AAPM has been recognized by ACCME for its achievements which advance interprofessional collaborative practice, address public health priorities, create behavioral change, show leadership, leverage educational technology, and demonstrate the impact of education on healthcare professionals and patients.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Mission Statement


The American Academy of Pain Medicine (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 physicians’ knowledge, competence, and performance in the field of Pain Medicine.

Content Areas

The content covered by the AAPM CME program reflects the multidisciplinary scope of the field, which includes a broad scope of specialties which may include anesthesiology, internal medicine, neurology, neurological surgery, orthopedic surgery, physiatry, psychiatry, and psychology. Among the topics addressed are the study of pain, prevention of pain, and the evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of persons in pain. Some conditions may manifest themselves as pain and associated symptoms arising from a discrete cause, such as postoperative pain or pain associated with a malignancy; others might have conditions in which pain constitutes the primary problem, such as neuropathic pain or headaches. The evaluation of painful syndromes includes interpretation of historical data; review of previous laboratory, imaging, and electrodiagnostic studies; assessment of behavioral, social, occupational and avocational issues; evaluation of the patient by the pain specialist. It may require specialized diagnostic procedures, including central and peripheral neural blocks or monitored drug infusions. As endorsed by the US National Pain Strategy of 2016, Integrative/complementary medicine techniques such as acupuncture, hypnosis, mindfulness-based-stress-reduction, and Tai Chi, to name a few, should be an increasingly routine component of acute and chronic pain treatment plans. The unique needs of patients-including cultural contexts-are always considered when formulating a comprehensive treatment plan.

Target Audience

The AAPM CME program is designed for a diverse audience of physicians whose diverse scope of practice may include but is not limited to primary care, pediatrics, geriatrics, oncology, and others and is targeted to the multidisciplinary practice of Pain Medicine. The CME Program is further designed for a secondary audience of physicians interested in improving their knowledge, competence, and performance in the treatment of common pain disorders. AAPM also provides educational programs directed toward the non-physician healthcare clinician who is part of the multidisciplinary pain management team.

Types of Activities

The AAPM CME program includes the following activities, all directly provided:

  • Courses:
    • Annual Meeting and Related Pre-conference Activities: on-demand access to webinars focused on a variety of clinical and practice management topics relevant to Pain Medicine. Formats used include live lectures, symposia, hands-on and simulation workshops, expert panel discussions, and scientific research poster presentations.
    • Essential Tools for Treating the Patient in Pain™ Course: blended with learning opportunities at the Annual Meeting, it provides an overview of the fundamentals of Pain Medicine as well as best practices and practical approaches to the treatment of common pain disorders.
  • Internet Enduring Materials: on-demand access to webinars focused on a variety of clinical and practice management topics relevant to Pain Medicine.
  • Internet Live Courses: live webinars offered as needed to address timely clinical topics in Pain Medicine.
  • Manuscript Review: regular engagement of learners in the pre-publication review of manuscripts for the AAPM peer-reviewed indexed journal, Pain Medicine.

Expected Results

The AAPM CME program is designed to enhance physicians’ knowledge, competence, and performance related to Pain Medicine. It is expected that as a result of their participation, AAPM learners will:

  • Describe the fundamental concepts and complexity of pain, including the multidimensional nature of pain, how it is observed, assessed and reassessed after treatment, multidisciplinary approaches to treatment, and applicable tools for mitigating risks, assessing and managing the medico-legal aspects of pain medicine; (knowledge change)
  • Identify major health care trends, and discuss their impact on the specialty practice of Pain Medicine; (knowledge change)
  • Develop or enhance the skills and strategies necessary to optimize the health of patients in pain and to support the elimination of the major public health problem of incomplete assessment, treatment, and reassessment of pain and to decrease the burden of chronic pain as a major public health problem; (competence change)
  • Analyze and overcome barriers to the management of acute, chronic, and cancer pain conditions, including reducing disparities in access to quality pain care across the health care continuum, and reducing unintentional consequences (misuse, abuse, and diversion issues) related to the use of opioid analgesics in the treatment of chronic pain; (competence and performance change)
  • Implement optimal clinical assessment and risk management strategies, evidence-based treatment protocols, and a patient-centered approach to improve the treatment of patients of all ages with various pain conditions; (performance change)
  • Apply evidence-based integrative and interventional pain techniques to reduce costs, improve efficacy, and leverage outcome-tracking tools; (performance change)

Ongoing assessment of these expected results is achieved through the evaluation of individual CME activities. These data are then aggregated to improve future educational interventions, to assess the impact of the overall CME program, and to measure the extent to which the CME mission has been met.

AAPM Educational Planning Policy

It is the policy of AAPM to plan and implement educational activities in accordance with the ACCME to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor. As an ACCME-accredited provider, AAPM may receive commercial support from industry but does not receive guidance, either nuanced or direct, on the content of the activity or on who should deliver the content. All program faculty and planners are required to disclose all financial relationships they may have or have had within the last 12 months with commercial interests whose products or services are related to the subject matter of the presentation. Any real or apparent conflicts of interest must be resolved prior to the presentation. Faculty are expected to disclose this information to the audience both verbally and in print (slideshows) at the beginning of each presentation. Faculty are also required to inform program participants if any unlabeled uses of products regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will be discussed.

AAPM COI Resolution Process

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Reviewed, updated and approved by the AAPM Professional Education & CME Oversight Committee on 12/29/2016.

Calendar of Events and Educational Resources

Pain Medicine Educational Resources and Meetings of Interest

AAPM welcomes the opportunity to feature information about fellow nonprofit organizations’ upcoming education programs in the following list of pain medicine education resources and meetings. Reference the AAPM Calendar Posting Policy for additional information and instructions.

2020 Live Online Sessions

AAPM holds live and recorded online events throughout the year. AAPM on demand events >

2020 Meetings

Midwest Pain Society Virtual Annual Meeting
September 25-26, 2020
Conference brochure

2020 The Art and Science of Pain Management: A Clinical and Research Update Virtual Meeting
October 3, 2020
Conference brochure

Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Spine Care Conference 2020
October 24, 2020
Learn more and register.

Eastern Pain Association 42nd Annual John J. Bonica Lecture:
Challenges in the Design and Interpretation of Clinical Trials in Interventional Pain Medicine
December 8, 2020, 6:00 PM, Via Webinar
Register here

2021 Meetings

NANS 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting
Harnessing the Force of Neuromodulation
January 14-16, 2021
For more information

AAPM 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting
Dates: TBD
More Information

2022 Meeting

International Society of Neuromodulation (INS) 15th World Congress of Neuromodulation
May 21-26, 2022
Barcelona, Spain

Multidisciplinary Pain Textbooks

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.

Acute Pain Medicine

Chester C. Buckenmaier, III, Michael Kent, Jason C. Brookman, Patrick J. Tighe, Edward R. Mariano, and David Edwards

  • Covers diagnosis and treatment of acute pain from both surgical and non-surgical causes.
  • Pain syndromes reviewed in case-based format.
  • Includes well-illustrated, step-by-step guidance intervention section.
  • Written and edited under the auspices of the American Academy of Pain Medicine by members of the Academy’s Shared Interest Group for Acute Pain Medicine.

Buy textbook now

Military Advanced Regional Anesthesia and Analgesia Handbook

Second edition
Edited by Chester C. Buckenmaier, III, Michael Kent, Jason C. Brookman, Patrick J. Tighe, Edward R. Mariano, and David Edwards

A longtime standard for military healthcare personnel, this edition has been thoroughly revised and updated. Though initially valued as a useful resource for managing pain associated with battlefield trauma, it provides pertinent guidance for managing vital acute pain services in all settings.

  • Generously illustrated in full color
  • Detailed step-by-step guidance in performing blocks
  • Applicable to pain service in civilian and military clinical settings.

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Comprehensive Treatment of Chronic Pain by Medical, Interventional, and Behavioral Approaches: The American Academy of Pain Medicine Textbook on Patient Management

Timothy S. Deer, MD, Michael S. Leong, MD, Asokumar Buvanendran, MD, Vitaly Gordin, MD, Philip S. Kim, MD, Sunil J. Panchal, MD, Albert L. Ray, MD

This state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary textbook covering medical, interventional, and integrative approaches to the treatment and management of pain is designed as a practical and comprehensive primary reference for busy physicians and is also an up-to-date resource for preparing for certification examinations in pain medicine. This text features

  • cutting-edge medical topics, such as monitoring opioid use and abuse, and the emerging role of cannabinoids in pain treatment
  • expert guidance on the full range of interventional techniques
  • clinical anatomy and physiology for the interventionist
  • behavioral dimensions of the experience and management of pain
  • integrative approaches for treating the “whole person”
  • legal issues, such as failure to treat pain
  • firsthand patient accounts.

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If you want specific updates on an area of chronic pain management, buy one of these sections of the comprehensive Textbook on Patient Management, available in softcover:

Course Catalog

On Demand Education Courses

Participate in premier AAPM online educational content developed and presented by the foremost professionals in the field of pain medicine from the comfort of your own home.

2020 AAPM Annual Meeting & Preconferences On Demand

Review educational highlights or sessions you missed at AAPM 2020 by purchasing AAPM Annual Meeting On Demand, a collection of recordings from the 36th Annual Meeting and preconference courses. AAPM 2020 On Demand allows you to view presentations you weren’t able to attend live in National Harbor or refer back to content of interest with a full library of course and session voiceover PowerPoint videos—all from the comfort of your home or office.

AAPM 2020 Annual Meeting On Demand offers a full library of more than 40 AAPM Annual Meeting sessions focused on the theme Innovation & Technology in Pain Medicine

Pharmacologic Management of Pain On Demand provides timely, useful, practical information about the use of opioid and non-opioid analgesics to treat adults with chronic pain.

Behavioral Pain Medicine On Demand is a behavioral pain medicine workshop with some of the most prominent experts in the field.

Applying for Fellowships: 3-Part Series

This 3-part series includes presentations by seasoned program directors from pain fellowship programs around the country presenting information for potential applicants on the nuances of what an accredited pain medicine fellowship program teaches, pressing issues of fellowship, application essentials, what program directors look for in a strong applicant, and how to get involved with pain now. An additional recording addresses procedures for pain practice, patient selection, performance, documentation, and billing for the new clinician. This series is free to AAPM members.

Pain Medicine Fellowship & Beyond: Lessons Learned from the Experts was recorded live in December 2019. Presenting program directors address evolving trends in pain medicine fellowships and more.

Applying for Pain Medicine Fellowship: Insider Tips from Fellowship Program Directors was recorded live in December 2018. Presenting program directors address what an accredited pain medicine fellowship program teaches, who can and does apply, the application process, and what program directors look for in a strong applicant.

Advanced Procedures for Pain Practice: Patient Selection, Performance, Documentation and Billing: Pain Medicine Trainees Special Session was recorded live at the AAPM 35th Annual Meeting in March 2019. A speaker panel comprised of both current pain fellows and well-established practicing pain physicians reviews case studies that highlight complex patient care and advanced percutaneous procedures and related coding and billing practices.

2019 AAPM Annual Meeting & Preconferences On Demand

The 2019 AAPM Annual Meeting and Preconference events are available for on-demand access. Sessions highlight the 2019 meeting theme—State-of-the-Art Advancements in Pain Medicine, which was selected by AAPM President, Jianguo Cheng, MD, PhD, to advance clinical practice that is mechanism-guided, evidence-based, and personalized in nature.

AAPM 35th Annual Meeting On Demand offers full library of more than 50 AAPM Annual Meeting sessions designed to improve clinicians’ practice and ability to coordinate the multidisciplinary pain management team.

Pain Medicine Best Practices: Integrative Solutions for Critical Challenges On Demand explores the current evidence, best practices, and emerging therapies for the treatment of chronic pain.

Opioid and Non-Opioid Medications Management: Filling the Gaps, Prescribing for the Whole Patient On Demand provides timely, practical information about the pharmacologic management of chronic pain.

Hot Topics in Pain Management 2018

Hot Topics in Pain Management is a one-day course, originally presented live on December 8, 2018, in Chicago, provides an overview of the latest trends in pain management presented by nationally known experts in the multidimensional field of pain medicine. The program includes updates on the latest policies, guidelines, and approaches to pharmacological safety, procedural interventions, and interdisciplinary pain care.

Course faculty discuss the following aspects of these three key strategies for treating pain:

Pharmacological Safety

  • Opioid and non-opioid prescribing
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Co-prescribing selections and pitfalls
  • Incorporating MAT into pain practice

Procedural Interventions

  • Neuromodulation
  • Injection therapy
  • Regenerative approaches

Interdisciplinary Pain Care

  • Chronic pain and addiction
  • Rehabilitation strategies
  • Interdisciplinary functional restoration programs
  • Postoperative pearls for multidisciplinary care

2018 AAPM Annual Meeting & Preconferences On Demand

The 2018 AAPM Annual Meeting and Preconference events are available for on-demand access. The 2018 meeting theme—Managing Acute and High-Impact Chronic Pain Through Multidisciplinary Care—has been woven throughout the educational program.

AAPM Annual Meeting On-Demand features a full library of 2018 AAPM Annual Meeting presentations. Sessions address a challenge among all healthcare providers, the patients clinicians care for, and the communities they live in: balancing the need for improving comprehensive pain care while responding to the growing societal epidemic of prescription opioid and opioid-related overdose and deaths. To that end, the AAPM 34th Annual Meeting was designed to provide key stakeholders—including physicians and members of their treatment teams, payers, and researchers—with the skills and knowledge necessary to improve the care provided to patients and to optimize patient outcomes.

Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Pain-Based Care provides full access to the 2018 AAPM Annual Meeting preconference on the philosophy and benefits of interdisciplinary pain management. In light of the National Pain Strategy and treatment guidelines supporting a shift towards population-based multidisciplinary care, the role of structured interdisciplinary treatment programs and team-based care has found itself at the frontline of pain management. These recordings provide a broad stakeholder examination of multi- and inter-disciplinary pain management programs.

Pain Medicine Best Practices: Integrative Solutions for Critical Challenges provides full access to the 2018 AAPM Annual Meeting preconference that was designed for pain specialists and subspecialists, primary care providers, and trainees interested in learning how to optimize the management of chronic pain with opioid analgesics and non-opioid therapies.

Essential Tools for Treating the Patient in Pain

2016 Essential Tools for Treating the Patient in Pain™: What Primary Care and Pain Specialists Need to Know was recorded live during the 2016 AAPM Annual Meeting in Palm Springs. The clinically-focused course combines didactic lectures, case presentations, and how-to videos on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with various acute, cancer, end-of-life, and chronic pain syndromes to provide practical, immediately implementable tools and techniques.

Topics include:

  • The Difficult Patient: Barriers to Success & Strategies for Success
  • Marijuana as an Analgesic
  • Spine Surgery: Who Needs It?
  • Quick Approach to the Pain Psychiatric Interview
  • Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms
  • Understanding and Treating Neuropathic Pain
  • Physical Examination of the Spine, Shoulder, Hip, and Knee

The American Academy of Pain Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Opioid & Non-Opioid Medications Management

Opioid & Non-Opioid Medications Management: Filling in the Gaps, Prescribing for the Whole Patient was recorded live during the 2016 AAPM Annual Meeting in Palm Springs. The focus of this course is to provide useful, practical information about the use of opioid and non-opioid analgesics to improve the effective pharmacologic management of adults with chronic pain in the primary care setting.

Topics include:

  • Opioid Management, Pharmacology, & Tapering
  • Hyperalgesia: From Bench-Side into Clinical Practice Debate
  • Methadone: What Physicians Need to Know
  • Anticonvulsants for Neuropathic Pain
  • Psychiatric Medication Primer for the Pain Clinician: Depression and Anxiety
  • Muscle Relaxers: Review of Agents and Evidence
  • Headache Medications
  • Insomnia: Medication Approaches

The American Academy of Pain Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Coding Seminars

AAPM Coding Seminars discuss industry trends in pain medicine-related medical coding, billing, auditing, compliance, practice management, and more. Choose from more than ten available seminars that are designed to save you and your practice time and money.

AAPM Coding Seminars are presented by Emily Hill, PA, an expert on coding reimbursement, compliance, and practice management issues. Available seminars include:

  • Preparing for 2020: Update on Coding and CMS Policy Changes
  • Preparing for 2018: Update on Coding and CMS Policy Changes
  • Navigating MIPS: The New Quality Program and What It Means for Your Practice
  • Understanding RBRVS and What it Means for You & Your Practice
  • Understanding Modifiers and Other CME Updates
  • ICD-10 Case Studies for Pain Medicine Services
  • ICD-10 Coding and Your Pain Practice
  • Essentials of Coding for Pain

PCSS Webinars

PCSS Webinars are designed to educate pain medicine providers on safe, responsible, and ethical prescribing. With increasing scrutiny on opioid prescription practices and growing concerns over the abuse of opioid prescription drugs, these modules provide essential and practical educational content. Each AAPM/PCSS webinar recording is available for free and offers the opportunity to earn CME credit.

Opioid-Induced Constipation Resources

Recommendations on Initiating Prescription Therapies for Opioid-Induced Constipation Part 1 & Part 2 discuss an optimal symptom-based method for assessing opioid-induced constipation in clinical practice and a threshold of symptom severity to prompt consideration of prescription therapy.

Special AAPM Annual Meeting Seminars

Select special seminars from previous AAPM Annual Meeting educational events are available featuring key leaders and pain medicine experts discussing the latest developments in the science of pain medicine and best methodologies for the delivery of pain medicine services.

On Demand Education and Live Events

On Demand Pain Education and Live Events

Participate in premier AAPM educational content developed and presented by the foremost professionals in the field of pain medicine from the comfort of your own home.

Upcoming Webinars

There are no scheduled upcoming webinars at this time. Check back frequently for information about upcoming events and access recordings of past webinars below.

Archived Webinars

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