the 37th annual meeting

The 37th Annual Meeting of the American Academy 
of Pain Medicine (AAPM) will be held Virtually.

Join us for AAPM 2021, the “Must-Attend”
educational event for all clinicians treating pain!

Effective Pain Care Is Multimodal

Bookmark The Dates: April 23-25, 2021/ Business Meeting May 1

*Meeting Held In Central Time(CDT)

from The president...

Wasan Ajay

2020 has been an unprecedented year, with the COVID-19 pandemic impacting every aspect of our professional and personal lives. For us in the pain medicine field – this public health crisis came as we continue to combat the persisting public health problems of chronic pain and the opioid epidemic.

I am proud of our specialty for rising to meet these challenges in order to continue delivering care through ingenuity, commitment, and grit. The pandemic has shown an even brighter light on why multimodal approaches are crucial to the treatment of acute and chronic pain, and no other medical specialty has as much command of these modalities as we do.

AAPM 2021 will offer us the much-needed opportunity to convene and share what we have learned and experienced this past year as we continue to reshape the delivery of pain care in a post-COVID-19 world.

Ajay Wasan, MD MSc | AAPM President

why attend?

The virtual meeting platform provides flexibility for attendees to connect and actively learn in an online environment offering a seamless experience for all meeting activities.

Watch At Your Convenience…

The Annual Meeting features over forty (40) (pre-recorded) sessions covering a full spectrum of multidisciplinary pain care;

Over a one hundred (100) Expert faculty sharing their expertise in treating patients with pain and live Q&A after key sessions;

Over one hundred fifty (150) Scientific poster abstracts that cover the latest in pain related research;

Attendees can pace themselves and revisit sessions at their convenience with sessions remaining enduring until December 31st.

who should attend?

Clinicians from all specialties and general medical practice treating patients in pain are invited to join leading experts in Pain Medicine at AAPM 2021. 

The program has been designed by a multidisciplinary, multimodal committee of experts at the forefront of pain medicine practice for a primary audience of physicians whose scope of practice is targeted at the multidisciplinary practice of pain medicine and a secondary audience of nonphysician healthcare clinicians including nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physical therapists, psychologists, and pharmacists who are part of the multidisciplinary pain management team. 

Because the meeting is online in 2021, international, national, regional and local healthcare providers are expected to attend.

Schedule At-A-Glance

Conference schedule is available for review (subject to revision/change)…

commercial opportunities
for industry partners

Industry partners looking to reach clinicians specializing in Pain Medicine and their team members are invited to participate in the AAPM Annual Meeting and by exhibiting and maximizing their presence.  Interaction virtually is our current format with unique opportunities at each level of support.

meeting highlights

critical components of
multidisciplinary care

37th AAPM Virtual Annual Meeting

AAPM designates this live virtual activity on April 23-25, 2021 for a maximum of 31.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Evaluation Tool &
Claiming CME Credit

Meeting registrants can access the evaluation by visiting the AAPM website and clicking on the Education/Online Evaluations

Online evaluations may be completed during or after the meeting. Attendees cannot receive credit for simultaneous sessions. 

Participants will receive their CME certificate only after they submit their evaluations online. Certificates also can be sent to participants’ email addresses for printing later or saving electronically. 

All attendees are encouraged to complete the meeting evaluation by June 30, 2021, regardless of whether they are seeking continuing education credits. 

The final evaluation deadline for the 37th Annual Meeting is December 31, 2021. If you have any questions, please call AAPM at (800) 917-1619 Ext. 102


Disclosure of
Conflicts of Interest

It is the policy of AAPM to plan and implement educational activities in accordance with ACCME to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor. 

As an ACCME-accredited provider, AAPM may receive commercial support from industry providers 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 past twelve (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 (PPTs) at the beginning of each presentation. 

A full list of real-time Planning Committee and faculty disclosures can be found at



Participants have an implied responsibility to use information presented at the 37th Annual Meeting to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. 

The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. 

Further, the opinions expressed at the 37th Annual Meeting are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of AAPM. 

Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of patient conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

© American Academy of Pain Medicine. All Rights Reserved.



thank you aapm corporate partners!

AAPM would like to continue to thank the companies that supported the 2021 Annual Meeting and encourage all those who attended, or not, to seek more information about them.

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Who We Are

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Our people make it possible. We value diverse perspectives and encourage our 90,000+ employees to be themselves. We hold each other accountable, act with integrity, and make quality our highest priority.

We are privileged to be part of the communities where we live and work. We are committed to giving back and reducing our impact on the environment.

Let’s Take Healthcare Further, Together.

Our mission is to discover new ways to improve and extend people’s lives.

Novartis is a global healthcare company based in Switzerland that provides solutions to the evolving needs of patients worldwide.

Reimagining Medicine

At Novartis, we are reimagining medicine to improve and extend people’s lives. We are working hard to produce breakthroughs and address unmet needs for patients with devastating diseases, including genetic disorders and certain deadly cancers. We also are committed to ensuring our medicines reach as many people as possible.

We invite you to learn more about Novartis and our impact on patients, families and their communities. Every day we are working to improve human health and strengthen our society, as we strive to become the most valued and trusted medicines company in the world.

Identifying and Differentiating Back Pain: The role of Pain Specialists in Mechanical and Inflammatory Pain

Presented by: Stephen M. Lindsey, MD, MACR

Dr. Lindsey is a Rheumatologist in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

This presentation is brought to you by Novartis and is a NON CME event.

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Preparing You For What’s Next

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