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Re-opening and Revitalizing your Pain Practice Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic

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This webinar will address the practical aspects of revitalizing your practice in these uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic. Panel members from both private and academic practices will share their experiences about how to provide safe patient care and make your practice successful in the new environment. An interactive Q & A panel will follow the presentation.

Participation in this live activity is limited to the first 200 registrants, and this webinar is expected to sell out. Advance registration is recommended. Please only register if you anticipate being able to attend the live activity. A recording will be freely available in the AAPM Education Center within one week of the live activity.

Learning Objectives:
After attending this session, participants will be better able to

  • Discuss safe opening of practices according to CDC guidelines
  • Refine decision-making regarding urgency vs risk stratification in performing interventional procedures
  • Review approaches for screening and testing of patients
  • Discuss the challenges and benefits of virtual visits: using telemedicine efficiently to provide appropriate care
  • Discuss approaches for recognizing signs of burnout in colleagues and staff

Learning Format:

Didactic, Panel, Moderated Q&A (75 minutes)

Target Audience:
This activity was developed to meet the needs of clinicians treating patients in pain while navigating the COVID-19 healthcare crisis.

Continuing Education:
The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) provides a live webinar titled “Re-opening and Revitalizing your Pain Practice amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic” 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.

Instructions for Participants:
1) This activity will consist of a didactic presentation accompanied by Q&A; there is no fee to participate.
2) View the entire 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.

Faculty (Scroll below for faculty details):
Vitaly Gordin, MD
Timothy Lamer, MD
Tobias Moeller-Bertram, MD PhD MAS
Gregory Polston, MD
ToNhu Vu, MD
Ajay Wasan, MD MSc 
Jennifer Westlund, MSW (AAPM Staff) 

Expert Educational Design:
This educational activity was planned and facilitated by leaders from the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM). AAPM is the leading medical association representing physicians committed to advancing the emerging science and practice of pain medicine. 

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  • Vitaly Gordin, MD

    Course Director/Planner/Faculty
    Penn State University College of Medicine
    Hershey, PA

    Dr. Gordin graduated from Medical School in Riga, Latvia, former U.S.S.R. Prior to coming to the U.S., he worked as an anesthesiologist in his native country. He completed anesthesia residency and fellowship in pain management at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Gordin is a professor of anesthesiology at the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. He is Chief of the Chronic Pain Division and Medical Director of the Pain Clinic there. Dr. Godin’s clinical interests include comprehensive evaluation and treatment of patients with various pain conditions. In his practice Dr. Gordin is utilizing a broad range of interventional pain management procedures including implantable devices.

  • Tim Lamer, MD

    Mayo Clinic
    Rochester, MN

    Dr. Tim Lamer has practiced Pain Medicine at the Mayo Clinic for over 30 years as a clinician, investigator, administrator, and educator. Although he practices in an academic setting, he has a busy clinical practice, trained hundreds of trainees and has been involved in the affairs of organized medicine throughout most of his career. He is a Professor of Anesthesiology in the College of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic and practices in the Division of Pain Medicine and in the Multidisciplinary Spine Center at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN where his practice encompasses the spectrum of pain medicine including cancer, chronic, and acute/peri-operative pain evaluation and management. Dr. Lamer has been involved with AAPM for over 20 years and have served on many committees and leadership positions over those years, including his position as AAPM Immediate Past President. He has also served on the Editorial Board for the AAPM Pain Medicine Journal since its inception and currently serves as the Interventional Pain and Neuromodulation Section Co-Editor.

  • Tobias Moeller-Bertram, MD PhD MAS

    Desert Clinic Pain Institute
    Rancho Mirage, CA

    Dr. Tobias Moeller-Bertram is the Chief Medical Officer of Summit Institute and Desert Clinic Pain Institute, a consortium of trans-disciplinary pain management clinics focusing on whole patient care. He is triple board certified in Anesthesiology, Pain Management, and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Moeller-Bertram trained at Yale, UCSF and UCSD. After a career in academia at UCSD, Dr. Moeller-Bertram moved to private practice in 2013 to focus on total patient care. Today, he oversees more than one dozen integrated pain clinics, including an Ambulatory Surgery Center, across Southern California.

    With his strong background in research with UCSF and UCSD, Dr. Moeller-Bertram created and implemented a research component directly into his practices for accurate feedback on patient progress and serves as the Director of Research with Vitamed Research, LLC., conducting research projects and trials in the field of pain and neurosciences.

  • Gregory Polston, MD

    University of California, San Diego
    San Diego, CA

    Gregory R. Polston, MD, is a board-certified anesthesiologist who specializes in pain management. As a pain management specialist, he evaluates, diagnoses and treats all forms of pain. His expertise includes chronic pain, postoperative pain, cancer pain and spine-related pain. Since 2008, Dr. Polston has been the associate medical director of UC San Diego Health’s Center for Pain Medicine, which is dedicated to reducing and eliminating suffering, and improving function in individuals with lower-back or other spine-related pain issues, joint and muscular-skeletal pain or pain due to surgery, injury, nerve damage, psychological factors and metabolic problems such as diabetes.

  • ToNhu Vu, MD

    Penn State University College of Medicine
    Hershey, PA

    Dr. ToNhu Vu graduated from Penn State College of Medicine and completed her Anesthesiology Residency at Cornell. She then completed her Pain Medicine Fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). After training, she joined the faculty at MGH and then entered private practice, serving as managing partner for Anesthesia Associates of York, PA. Dr. Vu recently returned to Hershey where she is an Associate Professor in Anesthesiology and serves as Pain Fellowship Director and Associate Director of Pain Medicine Division at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Dr. Vu has been in clinical practice for 25 years. She has extensive experience with both acute and chronic pain, and has worked in private as well as academic settings.

  • Ajay D. Wasan, MD MSc

    AAPM President; Session Moderator
    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
    Pittsburgh, PA

    Dr. Wasan is the Vice Chair for Pain Medicine in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and a Professor of Anesthesiology and Psychiatry in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is board certified in pain medicine and completed fellowship training in pain medicine in the Anesthesiology Department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He is also board certified in Psychiatry and completed a residency in Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Wasan has supervisory responsibility for clinical care across seven pain clinics in the UPMC system, pain medicine clinical faculty, and research within the Pain Medicine Division. He is also Co-Chair of a system-wide committee to improve pain care across UPMC.

May 21, 2020
Thu 6:00 PM CDT

Duration 1H 15M

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