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Pain Fellows’ Education and Research During COVID-19

Release Date: May 19, 2020
Valid Through: December 31, 2022
Format: Didactic, PowerPoint (1.25-hours)

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 the well-being of our trainees.

In this session, a panel of pain program directors who serve as officers/board members of the Association of Pain Program Directors provide guidance and formulate recommendations to pain fellowship directors nationally. This guidance is based on reviewing current changes to Accreditation Council Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and American Board Anesthesiology policies and best available evidence and expert opinion on use of remote educational activities, research endeavors, and trainee wellness.

The aim of this webinar, organized in 5 sections, is to provide guidance on (1) issues related to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME); (2) education; (3) fellowship interviews in the context of COVID-19; (4) research; and (5) fellow wellness. The country is in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic. The impact on pain management fellowships has been severe and will likely last for months, resulting in extraordinary challenges to the administration of pain fellowship programs and the education of our fellows. Understanding revisions in ACGME policies, use of technology to promote remote learning opportunities, and providing trainees with opportunities to alleviate their anxieties and encourage mental health are beneficial strategies to implement. Together, we can implement innovative solutions to help overcome these challenges.

Learning Format:
Pre-Recorded Didactic, Panel, Moderated Q&A (75 minutes)

Learning Objectives:
Following participation in this activity, attendees will be able to
1) Review the 3 stages of GME during COVID-19 and identify their implication on pain fellowships.
2) Evaluate alterations in educational methodology to better support continuing education during COVID-19.
3) Appraise alterations in the interview processes to promote a remote interview experience.
4) Identify changes in research process and their impact on scholarly activity.
5) Review various wellness resources to better provide fellows with needed resources during this time of stress.

Target Audience:
This activity was developed to meet the needs of clinicians treating patients in pain while navigating the COVID-19 healthcare crisis. It offers recommendations to pain fellowship directors nationally and was planned by a panel of pain program directors who serve as officers/board members of the Association of Pain Program Directors.

Continuing Education:
The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) provides a previously recorded webinar titled “Pain Fellows’ Education and Research During COVID-19” and offers continuing medical education (CME) for physicians.

Successful completion requires that participants view the recorded 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 enduring internet 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.

Instructions for Participants:
1) This activity consists of a previously recorded didactic presentation accompanied by Q&A; there is no fee to participate.
2) View the entire recorded presentation.
3) An evaluation must be completed prior to receipt of your certificate. After completing the activity evaluation, a statement of credit can be generated and printed on your own at your convenience.
4) For additional assistance, please contact the American Academy of Pain Medicine, 8735 W. Higgins Road, Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60631, 847-375-4731.

Faculty/Planner Disclosures & Policy:
It is the policy of AAPM to plan and implement educational activities in accordance with the ACCME to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor. As an ACCME-accredited provider, AAPM may receive commercial support from industry but does not receive guidance, either nuanced or direct, on the content of the activity or on who should deliver the content. All program faculty and planners are required to disclose all financial relationships they may have or have had within the last 12 months with commercial interests whose products or services are related to the subject matter of the presentation. Any real or apparent conflicts of interest must be resolved prior to the presentation. Faculty are expected to disclose this information to the audience both verbally and in print (slideshows) at the beginning of each presentation.

During this unprecedented public health emergency and because there are no current preventive or specific treatments for COVID-19, AAPM reasonably determines that there is no potential for relevant financial relationships and therefore no need to resolve or disclose conflicts.

Magdalena Anitescu, MD PhD
Scott Brancolini, MD
Lynn Kohan, MD
Boris Spektor, MD
Ajay D. Wasan, MD MSc
Jennifer Westlund, MSW (AAPM Staff) 

Expert Educational Design:
This educational activity was planned by the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) working in collaboration with members of the Association of Pain Program Directors. AAPM is the leading medical association representing physicians committed to advancing the emerging science and practice of pain medicine. This activity is designed to improve access to quality, evidence-based multidisciplinary pain care across the healthcare continuum.