Applying for Pain Medicine Fellowship: Insider Tips from Fellowship Program Directors

A panel of three program directors from pain fellowship programs around the country present information for potential applicants on 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. Free for members; $25 nonmembers. Learn more .

NIH Needs Your Innovative Research Ideas Through Our Newly Announced NIH HEAL Initiative Funding Opportunities

NIH leadership from across the agency has been working diligently over the past several months to identify areas of greatest opportunity for research to address the national opioid crisis. They've announced new funding opportunity announcements (FOAs), added to several of the more than 30 FOAs. Full story .

2019 Changes—Don’t Miss Out on Needed Information

by Emily Hill, PA, AAPM Coding Consultant If you missed the AAPM live webinar on December 13, it's not too late to get the information you need for a successful practice in 2019. The webinar titled, Preparing for 2019: Update on Coding and CMS Policy Changes provides an update on the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and its impact on Pain Medicine p...
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Origins of Pain

Research identifies the nerve-signaling pathway behind the deep, sustained pain that sets in immediately following injury. The findings also shed light on the different pathways that drive reflexive withdrawal to avoid injury and the subsequent pain-coping responses. Full story .

Researchers Collaborating with National Institutes of Health to Develop Nonopioid Drug for Chronic Pain

Researchers are working to develop a drug that can treat certain types of chronic pain without the addictive consequences of opioids. The drug compound, known as ML351, was discovered by researchers from the NIH. Full story .  

AAPM Fights Misapplication of CDC Guideline Through AMA

Your AAPM delegates joined other pain and palliative medicine societies to rally the AMA House of Delegates to adopt a policy opposing the misuse of the 2016 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. Read about this and other recent efforts to advocate for pain medicine through the AMA.  

AAPM Statement on Interventional Pain Procedures and SCS

​A statement from the American Academy of Pain Medicine  While valid concerns have been raised by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists regarding spinal cord stimulators (SCS), the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) feels that focusing on these concerns alone does not tell the whole story.  Pain remains one of th...
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AAPM35 Early-Bird Rates & Late Breaking Poster Call

Registration for the AAPM 35th Annual Meeting & Preconferences is live, with early-bird registration rates expiring on January 9. Secure the lowest registration prices by registering now . The AAPM Call for Late-Breaking Abstract Submissions will open in early-January 2019. If you have highly significant, newsworthy research to display at AAPM3...
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Opioids Offer Little Chronic Pain Benefit and Wane Over Time, Study Says

AAPM President Jianguo Cheng, MD PhD contributed to CNN coverage of a new analysis of opioids for chronic noncancer pain, saying it reinforces what's become conventional wisdom for pain specialists. "We're going to try the least risky drug first, so opioids are not a first line treatment in most cases." Full story .  

Report from the AMA Interim Meeting

November 2018, National Harbor, MD Submitted by Robert Wailes, MD, AAPM AMA Delegate The AMA House of Delegates (HOD) met November 10-13 in National Harbor, MD, to discuss many challenging issues and draft new policies intended to shape the practice of medicine in the United States. Topics as diverse as gun control and physician aid in dying were a...
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