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2016 Essential Tools Course - CME

Essential Tools for Treating the Patient in Pain

Target Audience & Educational Design:

Essential Tools for Treating the Patient in Pain™ is designed for clinicians interested in the fundamentals of pain medicine and practical approaches to the treatment of common pain disorders. This mini course offers clinically focused lectures and case presentations on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with various pain syndromes, providing practical information that a practitioner can immediately implement upon returning to practice the next day. This enduring material activity will consist of a didactic presentation video accompanied by PowerPoint slides. The course is appropriate for primary care physicians, pain care specialists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and pain psychologists.

Educational Objectives:
After completing this enduring activity, the learner should be better able to…
•Evaluate patients in pain with a focus on anatomy, physiology, psychiatry, and pathology
•Identify barriers to treating patients with pain
•Describe the pathophysiology, diagnostic characteristics and treatment of multiple pain disorders.
•Assess, appraise, and interpret symptoms to develop an appropriate treatment plan for a patient in pain.
•Describe the emerging policies and regulations surrounding pain medicine. 

Fee Information:
Course fee for AAPM Members: $249.00 - NEW PRICING - NOW $99.00
Course fee for AAPM Non-Members: $349.00 - NEW PRICING - NOW $199.00

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

Physician Credit Designation:
The American Academy of Pain Medicine designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Course Credit Summary:
.5 credits - The Difficult Patient: Barriers to Success (running time 23:09)
.5 credits - Marijuana as an Analgesic: What's the Evidence? (running time 31:32)
.5 credits - Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms (running time 24:23)
1.5 credits - Physical Examination of the Spine, Shoulder, Hip & Knee (running time 1:35:24)
.5 credits - AMPS: A Quick, Effective Approach to the Primary Care Psychiatric Interview (running time 36:01) 
.5 credits - When is Spine Surgery Appropriate? (running time 26:08) 
.5 credits - Understanding and Treating Neuropathic Pain (running time 32:04) 

Term of Offering:
This activity was originally released on August 17, 2016 and is valid through August 17, 2019. Re-reviewed and updated August 17, 2019. Valid through August 17, 2021.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use:
This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The American Academy of Pain Medicine does not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of any organization associated with this activity. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of patient conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

Faculty/Planner Disclosure Policy Statement:
It is the policy of AAPM to plan and implement educational activities in accordance with ACCME’s Essential Areas and Elements to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor. As an ACCME accredited provider, AAPM is eligible to receive commercial support from commercial interests but cannot 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 will be resolved prior to the presentation. All confirmed faculty disclosure information will be made available to participants prior to the activity. Faculty will also be expected to disclose this information to the audience both verbally and in print (slide presentation) at the beginning of each presentation. Faculty members are also required to inform program participants if any unlabeled uses of products regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will be discussed.


Farshad M. Ahadian, MD 
University of California - San Diego
La Jolla, CA
Boston Scientific (Principal Investigator); Vertiflex (Principal Investigator)

Gagan Mahajan, MD 
University of California - Davis
Sacramento, CA
No relevant financial relationships

Gregory D. Smith, DO 
OccMed Colorado, LLC
Denver, CO
No relevant financial relationships

Jennifer Westlund, MSW
Director of Education
American Academy of Pain Medicine
No relevant financial relationships

Mary O'Keefe
Education Manager
American Academy of Pain Medicine
No relevant financial relationships


Farshad M. Ahadian, MD 
University of California - San Diego
La Jolla, CA
Boston Scientific (Principal Investigator); Vertiflex (Principal Investigator)

James W. Atchison, DO
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Best Doctors (Expert Reviewer); INSPE (Consultant); Paraxel/Pfizer (Principal Investigator)

Yu-Po Lee, MD
Clinical Professor, Orthopedic Surgery
University of California – Irvine
Orange, CA
Depuy (Consultant)

Sean Mackey, MD, PhD
Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA
No relevant financial relationships

Robert M. McCarron, DO
University of California – Davis School of Medicine
Sacramento, CA
No relevant financial relationships

Mark A. Ware, MD MSc
McGill University
Montreal, Que., Canada
Cannimed (Principal Investigator)

Lynn R. Webster, MD
PRA Health Sciences
Salt Lake City, UT
Cara Therapeutics (Consultant); Charleston Labs (Advisory); Collegium (Advisory); CVS Caremark (Consultant); Egalet (Advisory Board Member); Grunenthal USA (Consultant); Inspirion (Advisory); Insys Therapeutics (Advisory Board Member); Kaleo (Advisory Board Member); Mallinckrodt (Consultant); Nevro Corportation (Consultant); Orexo Pharmaceuticals (Advisory Board Member); Pfizer (Advisory); TEVA (Consultant); Proove Biosciences (Advisory Board Member); Signature Therapeutics (Advisory Board Member); Travena (Advisory Board Member); Zogenix (Consultant)

Enduring Material Reviewers:

Michael Harned, MD
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
Medtronic (Speaker & Fellow Education); St. Jude (Speaker & Fellow Education)

Michael Leong, MD
Stanford Pain Management Center
Redwood City, CA
Boston Scientific (Advisory Board Member); Jazz Pharmaceuticals (Consultant); Sorrento Therapeutics (Consultant)

Meda Raghavendra, MD
Loyola Medicine
Chicago, IL
No relevant financial relationships

Armando Villarreal, MD, MBA
Rochester Neurosurgery Partners
Rochester, NY
No relevant financial relationships

Instructions for Course Participants:
- While listening to/viewing content, you may pause the presentation at any time to record notes, etc., and re-start where you left off.
- You are required to view the entire presentation in order to receive credit.
- After viewing the presentation(s), learners must proceed to the activity evaluation which must be completed prior to receipt of your certificate.
- After completing the activity evaluation(s), a statement of credit can be generated and can be printed on your own at your convenience. For additional assistance:
Please contact the American Academy of Pain Medicine, 8735 W. Higgins Road, Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60631, 847-375-4731.
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Financial support: 
Financial support for this enduring activity was provided by the American Academy of Pain Medicine. Commercial support was not provided for this enduring activity.