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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.

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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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AAPM Membership-x

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.

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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.

Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) respects your privacy and is committed to protecting the privacy of its members and customers. This online privacy statement explains how AAPM collects, uses, and safeguards information on its website. This Internet privacy statement applies only to information collected by AAPM through the website and electronic newsletter (e-newsletter). YOUR USE OF AAPM’s website and e-newsletter CONSTITUTES YOUR UNCONDITIONAL ACCEPTANCE OF THE PRACTICES DESCRIBED IN THIS PRIVACY POLICY AND THE OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE TERMS OF USE. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH AND ACCEPT ALL OF THE PRACTICES DESCRIBED IN THIS PRIVACY POLICY, PLEASE DO NOT USE THE WEBSITE OR E-NEWSLETTER, AND PLEASE DO NOT PROVIDE OR SUBMIT ANY PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION VIA OR WHILE USING THE WEBSITE, THE SOFTWARE, OR THE SERVICES.

This privacy policy may be revised by us periodically, and the last revision will be noted on the bottom of this page. We advise that you review this privacy policy whenever you visit the website so that you are aware of any changes. Your continued use of the website and e-newsletter following any changes in this privacy policy will constitute your acceptance of such modifications.

Information AAPM collects

Visitors to the AAPM website

Users to the public areas of AAPM’s website browse anonymously. We do not collect any information that is personally identifiable such as name, address, phone number, or e-mail. The information that is collected includes: time and date of your visit, the Internet address of the computer, your browser and operating system, page views and length of time on that page, and previous page visited. In addition, the type of browser you have and the way you access our information (web or smartphone) may also be collected.

AAPM never collects personal information without your knowledge, such as when you create an account, make a purchase, register for an event, or complete a form on the website to submit questions, comments, take a survey, or request information.

AAPM collects data using Google Analytics and Google Advertising about your activities that do not personally or directly identify you when you visit our website, the website of entities for which we serve advertisements (our “Advertisers”), or the websites and online services where we display advertisements (“Publishers”). This information may include the content you view, the date and time that you view this content, the products you purchase, or your location information associated with your IP address. We use the information we collect to serve you more relevant advertisements (referred to as “Retargeting”). We collect information about where you saw the ads we serve you and what ads you clicked on. To opt out of Google’s use of cookies, visit the Google Advertising Opt-out Page; to opt out of Google Analytics, visit the Google Analytics Opt-out Page; to opt out of third party vendor use of cookies, visit the Network Advertising Initiative Opt-out Page.

For AAPM members, e-mail and e-newsletter recipients, meeting registrants, purchasers of education products, and other customers

Once you log into the password-protected area of AAPM’s website, join AAPM, or purchase our products or services, the user’s name or email address and member or customer ID number are gathered as well as other personal data necessary to complete a purchase, register for an event, claim CME credit for a live program or online course, or submit an education session proposal or poster abstract. You may be asked to provide personal information in order to purchase a product or update membership information. In those situations, it is your choice to provide that information. Should you choose not to provide that information, you may not be able to participate in that activity.

How to opt out of e-mail

To opt out of an e-mail list, click the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of any e-mail.

How information is used

Information that is gathered from AAPM’s website or electronic communications, including demographic information and purchase and click activity, is used to determine the value of the information that is presented on our website or in e-mails or to inform members with specific interests about particular educational offers or product offers in the future.

Nonmembers who register for a meeting, read our e-newsletter, purchase a product from AAPM’s website, claim CME credit for a live program or online course, or submit an education session proposal or poster abstract will be asked to provide their name, address, and other personal identifying information.

Furthermore, we may use your personal information for program registration to provide services you have requested; process, fulfill, and follow up on orders or a membership application; answer e-mails or online requests; send information you request; send and process surveys; work to ensure AAPM is relevant to your needs; deliver AAPM services such as newsletters, FDA or news alerts, meetings, or events; notify you about new products or services from AAPM; or, on a very limited basis as approved by members of the AAPM executive committee, provide offers from third-party affiliates.

Children under 13

We do not knowingly solicit data online from or market online to children under the age of 13.

Active member directories

AAPM has two separate directories—public and member-only. AAPM Active Members are included in our “Find an AAPM Active Member” in the patient resources section of our public website, where members’ office locations, office phone, office fax, and office email as allowed by the member are provided to prospective patients and users of the website. We will grant this information according to the preferences indicated by you or your staff. If you or a member of your team enters your personal address, phone, or cell phone in the “office” portion a registration form, your personal information could be published to the public. Please make sure that fields in membership applications, registration forms, or product purchases contain accurate information. Members are also included in a private, “member-only” online membership directory, which is located in the member community. Your name, affiliation, email, and phone are shared among other member colleagues. Members have a choice of opting out of these directories or checking or modifying the information by calling 847-375-4731 or emailing [email protected].


We have implemented reasonable physical measures and administrative procedures to safeguard against unauthorized access and help prevent the loss, misuse, or alteration of your personal information in accordance with the terms of this Privacy Policy. However, we cannot guarantee that the security measures we implement in connection with the operation of the website, the software, and the services will absolutely prevent others from accessing or acquiring any of your personal information.

Confidentiality and security

When you submit sensitive information to our website, your information is protected both online and offline. We restrict access to personal information collected about you at our websites to our employees, our affiliates’ employees, or others who need to know that information to provide services to you or in the course of conducting our normal business operations. We maintain appropriate physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards to protect personal information.

Credit card information

AAPM does not disclose credit card account information or activity provided by its customers. When members and customers choose to pay using their credit cards, AAPM stores and transmits encrypted information and is Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DDS), also referred to hereafter as PCI compliant.

Links to other websites

We may provide links to other websites and web pages that we do not control. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of any websites or pages not under our control and we do not endorse any of these websites or pages, the services or products described or offered on such sites or pages, or any of the content contained on those sites or pages.

Disclosure to third parties

AAPM makes member contact information available in its online Membership Directory only to other members of AAPM who have verified their membership status before entering the online membership directory. On occasion, and only as approved by the Executive Committee, AAPM may provide limited data to third parties that is deemed of interest to the clinical or socioeconomic practice of pain medicine. These limited data may include names and addresses and email but does not include phone numbers and fax numbers. We also may provide annual meeting registration lists to meeting attendees including exhibitors. You can opt out of inclusion in these lists by checking the appropriate box on the registration form.

Disclosure required by law or emergency circumstances

AAPM may release personal information to third parties in order to comply with valid legal requests such as a law, regulation, search warrant, subpoena, or court order. In the event that AAPM is legally required to disclose your personal information to a third party, AAPM will notify you unless doing so would violate the law or court order.

How does AAPM use cookies?

Cookies are used by AAPM to identify a user as the user moves through the AAPM website to personalize a member’s visit, to offer greater functionality, and/or to track visitor practices. The user’s browser allows AAPM to place some information on the user’s hard drive that identifies the computer utilized. Two types of cookies are used. A session cookie is a temporary file stored in memory on the user’s computer drive whenever a website is accessed and is terminated by closing the browser. A persistent cookie is a file stored on the user’s hard drive that may be deleted manually by the user or expired by the server. If you do not desire the functionality offered by the cookie, you have the option to disable the cookie either by indicating that you do not wish to have the cookie created when asked or by disabling the cookie function in your browser. Members must have cookies enabled in order to access the member’s only sections of the AAPM website.

Changes to our website privacy statement

We may change this privacy statement at any time and from time to time. The most recent version of the privacy statement is reflected by the version date located at the bottom of this statement. This statement is not intended to and does not create any contractual or other legal right in or on behalf of any party.

Updated December 13, 2019

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