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Optimizing Telehealth Pain Care After COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented major challenges to pain care, as pain clinicians face severe restrictions in their ability to provide usual in-person assessments and treatments. COVID-19 has also exposed prepandemic problems in providing comprehensive pain care. Yet, despite this crisis, there have been encouraging developments for long-term delivery of pain services, most notably the explosive growth in the adoption of telehealth technology and clinical resourcefulness in its applications. Read more.

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, Pain Medicine

The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) announces the search for Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of its journal, Pain Medicine, published by Oxford University Press.

Scope

Pain Medicine is unique amongst dedicated pain journals because it has always emphasized the need to represent the breadth of scholarship in clinical and translational pain research.It has always published what is relevant to the field, and, as a result, it is the only pain journal with dedicated sections for each of the major areas in our field. Pain Medicine is a forum for empirical findings, systematic reviews, and conceptual papers. The EIC is expected to be a recognized national or international leader in our specialty, with a scholarly track record and a record of high-level performance in previous journal activities either within or outside the specialty of pain medicine. The EIC position is estimated to require 20 hours per week, or approximately 40% professional effort, with anticipated effort being distributed 5 days a week.Duties will include managing the virtual editorial office, senior associate editors, section editors, and the relationship with our publisher, Oxford University Press. The Editor-in-Chief will receive an annual salary + an incentive component based on journal performance. The EIC will also participate as an ex officio member of the AAPM Executive Committee.

Applications

Interested individuals should submit their CV and a brief cover letter conveying why they are interested in the position and the strengths of their skill set they would bring to the journal.

We are requesting these materials by Monday, December 7th at the latest. An AAPM task force will review all applications and discuss next steps with each candidate.

Please submit your application to Phil Saigh, AAPM Executive Director, at [email protected]

Sincerely,

Ajay D. Wasan, MD MSc

President, AAPM

What We Know So Far About How COVID Affects the Nervous System

Many of the symptoms experienced by people infected with SARS-CoV-2 involve the nervous system. Patients complain of headaches, muscle and joint pain, fatigue and “brain fog,” or loss of taste and smell — all of which can last from weeks to months after infection. In severe cases, COVID-19 can also lead to encephalitis or stroke. The virus has undeniable neurological effects. But the way it actually affects nerve cells still remains a bit of a mystery. Can immune system activation alone produce symptoms? Or does the novel coronavirus directly attack the nervous system? Read more.

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