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Guidance for Pain Fellows’ Education and Research During COVID-19 Free Live CME Webinar May 1, 6 pm CT

Pain fellowship programs are facing unique challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. Restrictions from state governments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have resulted in a rapidly changing and evolving learning environment for todays’ fellows. Innovative solutions must be sought to guarantee proper education is maintained and ensure trainee well-being.

AAPM is hosting a free live CME webinar planned and presented by a panel of pain program directors on Friday, May 1, 6-7:15 pm CT. During the live webinar, the program directors — each of whom serves as officer/board member of the Association of Pain Program Directors ​– will offer recommendations to pain fellowship directors nationally about how to continue fellows’ education and research while maintaining their well-being. Recommendations presented during the webinar will also be published soon in AAPM’s journal Pain Medicine as an accepted manuscript.

Webinar presenters include Magdalena Anitescu, MD PhD; Scott Brancolini, MD; Lynn Kohan, MD; and Boris Spektor, MD. Registration is free and available to anyone interested in

  • Reviewing the 3 stages of GME during COVID-19 and identifying their implication on pain fellowships
  • Evalutating alterations in educational methodology to better support continuing education during COVID-19
  • Appraising alterations in the interview processes to promote a remote interview experience
  • Identifying changes in research process and their impact on scholarly activity, and
  • Reviewing various wellness resources to better provide fellows with needed resources during this time of stress.

There will be dedicated time for live Q&A.

Participation in this live CME webinar activity is free. Registration is required by logging into an existing AAPM account or creating a new account. Contact AAPM Member Services for assistance at [email protected] or 847-375-4731.


AAPM is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak with a goal of providing pain medicine professionals with the news and information they need available at painmed.org/coronavirus.

Guidance for Pain Fellows’ Education and Research During COVID-19 Published in AAPM Journal

April 30, 2020, CHICAGO – The official journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), Pain Medicine, has published an article written by Board Members of the Association of Pain Program Directors (AAPD) titled “Maintaining high quality multidisciplinary pain medicine fellowship programs: Part I: Innovations in pain fellows education, research, applicant selection process, wellness and ACGME implementation during the Covid-19 Pandemic”. The article provides guidance and recommendations for pain program directors to continue trainee education and research while ensuring trainee well-being.

“The COVID-19 pandemic and associated social distancing requirements are having a profound impact on the health care system, including on the clinical duties of pain fellows,” says AAPM President Ajay Wasan, MD MSc. “Pain fellows are the future of our specialty, and it’s critical that we provide them with the resources and guidance they need to effectively complete their training and launch their careers.”

In addition to detailing alterations to ACGME policies and fellow education, research, and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic, the article also provides recommendations for how program directors can conduct interviews with future fellows while maintaining social distancing.

Given the urgent need for this information to be publicly available to program directors and fellows across the country as quickly as possible, the article has been published and is freely accessible as an Accepted Manuscript. The Accepted Manuscript is the final draft author manuscript, as accepted for publication by the journal, including modifications based on referees’ suggestions but before it has undergone copyediting, typesetting, or proof correction. Within a few weeks, the Accepted Manuscript will be replaced by a corrected proof, known as the Version of Record. Neither the Accepted Manuscript nor the Version of Record may be hosted by any organization or journal other than Pain Medicine, but anyone is welcome to link to the guideline.

A panel of article authors will discuss their recommendations during a live webinar on Friday, May 1, 6-7:15 pm CT. This live CME activity is free, and registration is required by logging into an existing AAPM account or creating a new account. Learn more and register. A recording of the webinar will be available following the live event.

About AAPM

The American Academy of Pain Medicine is the premier medical association for pain physicians and their treatment teams with some 2,000 members. Now in its 37th year of service, the Academy’s mission is to advance and promote the full spectrum of multidisciplinary pain care, education, advocacy, and research to improve function and quality of life for people in pain. Information is available on the Academy’s website at painmed.org

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