APS Call for Presentations
The American Pain Society's Scientific Meeting
Theme: Combating the Opioid Epidemic through Innovations in the Treatment of Pain
The American Pain Society will hold its Scientific Meeting April 3-6, 2019 in Milwaukee, WI. The APS Scientific Program Committee invites the submission of proposals for presentation during the meeting.
The Scientific Program Committee requests that all proposals reflect APS's multidisciplinary approach to pain, and should therefore include faculty representing varied areas of pain science and treatment. Translational proposals that include both basic science and clinical treatment are encouraged. Diversity is a core value of APS. As such, successful multi-speaker proposals will include representation across gender identity, race, and age.
At this time, the APS Scientific Program Committee invites the submission of proposals and may include the following topics:
- Basic Science Research
- Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain including Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis
- Clinical Treatment
- Disparities in Pain Experience and Pain Management
- Evaluating the Patient with Chronic Pain
- Innovations in Technology
- Interprofessional Collaboration and Team Science
- Interventional Pain Management
- Low Back Pain
- Medical Marijuana
- Musculoskeletal Pain
- Non-Pharmacological Pain Management
- Obstacles to Optimal Care
- Pain and Sleep
- Pediatric Pain
- Personalized Medicine Approaches
- Public Engagement
- Translational Pain Research
The maximum number of participants ranges from two to three and varies based on presentation type. Please note in your proposal which speaker will manage basic duties of the moderator. All faculty are expected to present content during the session and will need to register for the meeting.
All presentation types are scheduled to take place Thursday, April 4 – Saturday, April 6, 2019. Presenters must be willing and able to present on these dates.
The ideal 60-minute session compares and contrasts a variety of perspectives on a cohesive theme or includes presentations that are cross-disciplinary and build on one another. Panels are limited to three presenters who should be from multiple disciplines and institutions.
The purpose of this format is to communicate information about completed research or research-in-progress efficiently. Two presenters will be paired into this presentation type by the Scientific Program Committee. Each presenter will have 10 minutes to present their research, followed by 5 minutes to address questions from the audience.
Where appropriate and depending on the presentation type, sessions should be designed to offer attendees an opportunity to interact with the faculty (e.g. small group activities, breakouts, role play, audience feedback, or discussion of cases or other content, design of materials and models, and similar forms of interactions) and to provide attendees with clear ideas they can use in their day-to-day research or clinical settings. Submitters are required to describe methods for achieving these outcomes within the body of the abstract; submitters can also use the "Comments to Organizers" section of the submission system to highlight unique ways in which faculty will involve participants during the session. Proposals will be evaluated in part on their plan for audience engagement, as well as innovation.
Proposals for previously presented or published work may not be submitted to APS without modification. Original work must be changed or expanded, resulting in a new proposal.
The submittal system will remain open from June 4, 2018 to July 9, 2018. The system will close at 11:59 pm Pacific Time on July 9 and additional submissions will not be accepted.
Faculty will be notified in late August regarding selection of their proposals. Terms of participation will be communicated to faculty upon acceptance of the proposal.
Faculty and Disclosure Requirements
The American Pain Society requires full disclosure of relevant financial relationships from every presenter. Completed disclosure forms must be received by July 18, 2018 to be reviewed and discussed by American Pain Society's Scientific Program Committee. Please note that the submission system will close on July 9, but the disclosure forms will remain accessible to faculty until July 18. Faculty members failing or refusing to complete the disclosure form or conflict of interest resolution agreement in ample time will not be considered. In addition, the American Pain Society requires that all contributions to a CE activity be based on the best available evidence (refer to Policy on Content Validation). All proposed faculty named on this proposal will receive an email notice which instructs each of them, individually, to visit the proposal before July 18, 2018 to complete their disclosure forms. This notice will be sent to all faculty as soon as the submission forms are complete and the "Submit to APS" button has been selected. Please note that is the completion of the disclosure form is a required part of the online submission.
Proposals for Presentation
To submit your proposal, please click on the link below. A complete submission should include the following:
- Statement describing the rationale/need for the topic, identification of a data source, and description of the research/practice gap(s) which will be addressed
- Focus statement (the focus statement should give a succinct description of what topics will be discussed during the session; it will be printed in the conference brochure so that attendees will be able to make decisions on which sessions they would like to attend)
- Educational objectives (geared toward knowledge, skill, and/or attitude)
- Presenter information, including disclosures
- Abstract text of 200 words, including information about each presenter's contribution to the session. Please remember to describe the plans/methods for creating an interactive learning environment during the session
Each symposia is limited to 3 presenters, but submissions can include fewer than 3 presenters. Only one of the presenters can be a non-member of APS.
Handout materials (including articles, references/bibliography, or copies of presenters' PowerPoint slides) are required of all faculty.