It is expected that committee chairs will guide the committee in directions that are consistent with the published charge. Any proposed change to a committee charge must be submitted to the AAPM Board of Directors for consideration.
Affiliate members may co-chair committees with an Active member. Active, Affiliate, Scientific, International, Trainee, Resident, and Student members may serve on committees.
Committees meet in person or via teleconference as needed. Committees may make recommendations to the board. Recommendations will be reviewed for alignment with Academy priorities and budget implications.
The AAPM committee year runs from Annual Meeting to Annual Meeting. The chairs, members, and charges for each committee are determined in the months preceding the Annual Meeting, at the direction of the incoming president.
Members interested in serving on an AAPM committee are urged to get involved in the Academy by attending the Annual Meeting, submitting an abstract for a scientific session or poster for the Annual Meeting, submitting a manuscript to the Pain Medicine journal and/or joining a Shared Interest Group (SIG).
To request to be considered for a future committee role, please send an email detailing your interests along with a current CV.
➥ Establish criteria for awarding the Robert G. Addison, MD, Award in memory of the late AAPM Past President.
➥ Select the recipient of the Addison Award.
➥ Select individuals or groups who have made outstanding contributions in the field of pain medicine to receive awards.
➥ Develop ideas for new awards, as appropriate, for Board consideration.
➥ Address the need for education on behavioral medicine and psychological issues in treating a pain patient.
➥ Expand the presence of behavioral pain medicine professionals in AAPM through membership.
➥ Monitor and report to the Executive Committee and membership on developments and emerging research in the area of behavioral pain medicine.
➥ Accurately describe the procedures used in Pain Medicine for the CPT coding process.
➥ Survey and recommend relative values to the AMA RUC Committee in its advisory role to CMS.
➥ Increase awareness by the RUC Committee of the unique practice and procedural issues facing pain medicine physicians.
➥ Identify and evaluate continuing professional development needs of AAPM members.
➥ Formulate AAPM’s continuing education goals and priorities.
➥ Make recommendations to the board regarding new education initiatives, viable collaboration with other professional societies, online learning strategies and other ways to expand funding for the outreach of AAPM volunteers as experts in the field of Pain Medicine.
➥ Ensure that all AAPM-sponsored educational CME programming comply with ACCME policy. Evaluate effectiveness of the overall continuing education program.
📢 Note: The composition of this committee is prescribed by the AAPM Bylaws.
➥ Develop and monitor the finances of the Academy, both operating and reserve funds.
➥ Work with the AAPM staff to develop the annual budget for approval by the Board.
➥ Provide oversight of the Academy’s investments, including the selection of an external financial advisor as appropriate, in conjunction with the board and staff.
➥ Develop and implement strategic marketing plans for recruiting and retaining members, with a focus on increasing member diversity (age, ethnicity, gender, practice profile, etc.).
➥ Recommend membership policy to the Board of Directors.
➥ Conduct periodic needs assessments of the members in order to deliver value to AAPM members based on their current wants and needs.
➥ Serve as liaison between members/potential members/applicants and AAPM volunteer/staff leadership.
➥ Secure candidates for all available positions on the Board of Directors and Nominating Committee and present a slate of qualified candidates to the membership for a vote.
➥ Monitor developments relating to opioids as addressed in the legislative and regulatory process; consumer media; and professional publications.
➥ Provide the AAPM Executive Committee with initial review and analysis of these developments.
➥ Working in conjunction with relevant AAPM Committees (Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, Education, etc.), propose and/or prepare AAPM responses (including public statements, educational programs, and Academy position statements) to these developments.
➥ Develop criteria and select pain medicine fellowship programs to recognize for excellence.
➥ The Research Committee investigates and identifies opportunities for the Academy to invest, support or participate in research initiatives. It seeks to improve understanding of AAPM members’ research needs and interests.
➥ Improve scientific quality of abstract submissions to the Annual Meeting, including but not limited to improvements to the scientific poster abstract call.
➥ Collaborate with other organizations on research or scientific initiatives and programs.
➥ Review nominations for Scientific Membership and recommend eligible candidates to the Board for approval.
➥ Operate as the research grant review Committee.
➥ Solicit, evaluate, rank, and judge scientific poster abstract submissions.
➥ Review and make recommendations on guidelines and other scientific matters presented to the Academy for consideration (position papers, consensus statements, etc.).
➥ Inventory current available practice parameters and guidelines in relation to pain.
➥ Develop criterion-based standards for guidelines to guide committee activities.
➥ Actively engage other organizations to participate or partner in activities related to practice parameters and guidelines.
➥ Serve as ambassadors/liaisons between the Board of Directors and trainees.
➥ Provide a forum and voice for residents and fellows in the Academy.
➥ Provide trainees with leadership opportunities within the Academy.
➥ Increase trainee involvement and interest in the Academy.
➥ Expand the reach of AAPM to trainees and the broader medical community.
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