The American Pain Society (APS) supports pain research and management professionals through high-quality educational resources and publications. In addition, APS provides various opportunities for pain professionals to share knowledge and earn continuing education. Read APS's CE Mission Statement. View the calendar of events of pain-related education.
Learn, Share, and Collaborate at the APS Annual Meeting
APS’s Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) offers innovative, collaborative, and interdisciplinary pain science educational sessions. These sessions focus on the diagnosis, treatment, management, and research of acute pain, chronic cancer and noncancer pain, and recurrent pain. It is an interdisciplinary learning forum for scientists, pain clinicians, and other pain professionals and offers continuing education credit/contact hours for nurses, pharmacists, physicians, and psychologists.
A peer-reviewed, monthly journal, The Journal of Pain (JOP) features cutting-edge science and is a leading publication in the field of pain. The journal provides a forum for clinical researchers, basic scientists, clinicians, and other health professionals to publish original research. Articles published in JOP are original articles related to all aspects of pain, including clinical and basic research, patient care, education, and health policy. Exceptional case studies, invited critical reviews, such as meta-analysis of drugs for pain management, and commentaries on reviews are also included.
Archived poster abstracts are also available in on the JOP website.
APS E-News is a monthly e-newsletter that includes important announcements about APS programs, publications, and the Annual Scientific Meeting. In addition, each issue includes pain-related news, funding opportunities, and more.
Guidelines and Other Resources
The society also publishes clinical practice guidelines and other resources, such as Principles of Analgesic Use in the Treatment of Acute Pain and Cancer Pain, that are intended for use by physicians, nurses, psychologists, and other healthcare professionals. APS has published a series of evidence-based guidelines, which in some cases provide the only available evidence-based recommendations on their topics. APS publications are developed by interdisciplinary panels of experts who combine scientific evidence and expert judgment to develop recommendations for pain management.
The American Pain Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.