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Re-opening and Revitalizing Your Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic Free Live CME Webinar May 21, 6 pm CT

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing substantial disruptions to daily life around the world and pain practitioners across the globe are affected by these disruptions while care for their patients with chronic pain. Slowly social distancing regulations are beginning to lift throughout the country, and providers are navigating how to re-open and adapt their practices.

AAPM will present a free live CME webinar on Thursday, May 21, 6-7:15 pm CT, titled Re-opening and Revitalizing Your Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Attendees will hear from an expert panel comprised of both academic as well as private practice practitioners who will share strategies to safely and successfully provide patient care in this new environment.

Make sure your most pressing questions and concerns are addressed by participating in a brief 5-question Re-Opening Your Pain Practice Amidst COVID-19 Survey. Responses are anonymous and will be incorporated into the May 21 webinar and interactive Q & A portion of the activity.

Presenters for this live activity include Vitaly Gordin, MD, Tim Lamer, MD, Tobias Moeller-Bertram, MD PhD MAS, Gregory Polston, MD, ToNhu Vu, MD, and Ajay Wasan, MD MSc.​

Participation in AAPM COVID-19 educational activities is free. Registration is required by logging into your AAPM account or creating a new account. 

The capacity for the May 21 webinar is 200 live participants, and we anticipate the webinar will sell out. Please only register if you are able to attend the live activity. A recording will be freely available in the AAPM Education Center following the live event. Contact AAPM Member Services for assistance at [email protected] or 847-375-4731.

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

Pain Management Best Practices during COVID-19 CME Course Available

The official journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM), Pain Medicine, has published a practice guidelines article titled “Pain Management Best Practices from Multispecialty Organizations during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Public Health Crises” to assist pain medicine providers, health care leaders, and regulatory bodies as they respond to the COVID-19 crisis.​ AAPM held a webinar with a panel of the guideline authors on April 13. A recording of the live activity is now available and eligible for up to 1.25 CME credits.

Pain Management Best Practices during the COVID-19 Pandemic Free CME course >

Learning Objectives:
1. Review general and specific risk mitigation procedures related to pain medicine and COVID-19.
2. Discuss mechanisms for triaging pain procedures in the current healthcare environment.
3. Discuss mental health considerations and steps providers can take to protect their own health.

Continuing Education:
The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) provides a live webinar titled “Pain Management Best Practices during the COVID-19 Pandemic and Public Health Crises” and offers continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. Successful completion requires that participants view the live webinar presentation in full and complete an online evaluation. Participants receive their CME certificates after they submit their evaluations online.

The American Academy of Pain Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation:

The American Academy of Pain Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

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