February 2015
David Craig, PharmD | Editor


Are You Excited?

Lend your voice to this year’s Annual Scientific Meeting. APS wants to hear from you! What are you most excited about? Which annual meeting speakers do you find interesting? Which sessions would you like to attend?

Stay connected and let us know your thoughts. Follow @AmericanPainSoc and use #APS15 in your tweet.


Reconnect with the passion that led you to your career as a pain researcher or clinician at the 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting

Learn about new advances in the field and share your insights with others who have the same interest. Attend a variety of sessions that focus on emerging research across disciplines, such as a workshop. APS workshops provide participants with more in-depth discussions on timely pain-related topics. 

Designed to increase knowledge and provide tools for clinical application, the following workshops will be held on Friday, May 15, 1:45–5 pm. Both workshops offer three continuing education credits for physicians, psychologists, nurses, and pharmacists, and 2 hours of pharmacology hours will also be offered.

(W700) Clinical Application of American Pain Society’s Guidelines for Managing Postoperative Pain  

Debra Gordon, RN DNP FAAN (Moderator); Renee Manworren, PhD APRN-BC FAAN; Timothy Brennan, MD PhD; Richard Thirlby, MD FACS

Many preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative interventions and management strategies are available for reducing and managing postoperative pain in adults and children. APS, in partnership with the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the U.S. Veterans Health Administration Health System, and the Department of Defense Health System, commissioned a systematic review to inform and update clinical practice guidelines on management of postoperative pain. This workshop will review the guideline recommendations and discuss implementation and evidence of guideline application on patient outcomes.

(W701) Necessity Is the Mother of Invention: Innovative Primary Care Responses to the Chronic Pain Crisis   

David Tauben, MD (Moderator); Lucinda Grande, MD; Erin Krebs, MD MPH; Michael Parchman, MD MPH; Michael Vonkorff, ScD

Primary care clinics are starting to address the growing pressures on providers from patients on chronic opioid therapy. Innovative solutions include creative structuring of interprofessional teams, protocol-driven urine screening by support staff, and systematic tracking of performance metrics and patient-centered outcomes. Some results of these efforts will be presented in this workshop-format session that will promote collaborative practice improvement and will inform the pain specialty community of the priorities of some important customers—their colleagues in primary care.

These are just samples of what you can discover and learn in Palm Springs. Register now!

Submit Your Research for Presentation

The Clinical and Basic Science Data Blitz will be held on Wednesday, May 13, 6:15–8:15 pm, in Palm Springs as part of the 34th Annual Scientific Meeting.

This year’s Data Blitz will feature research from the Spring Pain meeting as well as presentations submitted by APS Annual Scientific Meeting attendees. The blitz will include selected presentations of new research in a rapid format, with presenters having 5 minutes to present data and 5 additional minutes for questions from the audience.

The blitz will be moderated by Todd Vanderah, PhD; Michael Jankowski, PhD; Benedict Kolber, PhD; Marie Hoeger Bement, PhD MPT; and 2014 Data Blitz session winner Peter Grace, PhD.

Submissions are due on Thursday, March 19. Learn more.

Women's Pain Update TweetChat: What You Missed

TweetchatOn Thursday, January 29, APS and the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) hosted a TweetChat on how pain affects women and how it can be treated.

Participants used #ASAPainUpdate in their tweet to join the conversation. During the chat, 100 individuals discussed topics including how women and men deal with pain differently, headaches, pelvic pain, and more. View a summary of the top questions and answers.

The TweetChat featured several APS members, including Immediate Past President Roger Fillingim, PhD, whose research focuses on gender differences in pain, and Georgine Lamvu, MD MPHD, whose pain practice focuses on advanced minimally invasive gynecology.

APS would like to thank those who participated in this TweetChat. We look forward to participating in more TweetChats in the future.

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