Join the Community of Leaders in Pain Research and Treatment
Only together can we improve the relief of pain.
American Pain Society (APS) membership gives you access to a variety of benefits, including an expansive community of more than 2,000 leaders in the research and management of chronic pain as well as resources to improve treatment and evidence-based research.
A Multidisciplinary Membership
APS supports professionals in the field who are working to increase the knowledge of pain and transform public policy and clinical practice. APS members represent a broad spectrum of disciplines and work settings.
APS Supports Your Work in the Science and Treatment of Pain
Experience the value of the collaboration among pain professionals from widely diverse disciplines and settings by becoming an APS member. APS works for you, your colleagues, and people in pain in a variety of ways and serves as your resource for the most comprehensive, evidence-based combination of pain science, research, and clinical application.
“Some of my most important scientific conversations and collaborations happened at the APS meeting.” —Jeffrey Mogil, PhD
Innovative and Diverse Educational Opportunities
Through its continuing education program and Scientific Meeting, APS provides opportunities for professional development to examine pain from many perspectives. Members receive discounts on registration fees and access to educational content designed to appeal to a wide spectrum of specialties and interests.
Cutting-Edge Research and Pain-Related News
The Journal of Pain
Receive a subscription to The Journal of Pain, a monthly peer-reviewed scholarly journal that includes original articles related to all aspects of pain, including clinical and basic research, patient care, education, and health policy. In addition, invited critical reviews (such as meta-analyses of drugs for pain management) and commentaries on reviews, as well as exceptional case studies are also included.
This monthly e-newsletter includes important announcements about APS programs, publications, and the annual scientific meeting. In addition, each issue includes timely pain-related news, funding opportunities, and more.
This weekly e-newsletter is designed to highlight the most important and timely news stories on pain research, science, treatment, policy, and trends. Each issue contains easy-to-read summaries of articles relevant to your work.
Principles of Analgesic Use
Members receive Principles of Analgesic Use, a regularly updated reference guide offering concise descriptions of appropriate drug selection, variations in dosage among patients, rapid treatment of breakthrough pain, and minimization of side effects.
The Power of Collaboration
Being an APS member gives you the chance to meet and share knowledge with the best and the brightest researchers and clinicians in the field of pain. Regional societies and shared interest groups connect you with other pain professionals interested in common topics and local areas. Volunteer opportunities give you the chance to actively participate in the work of the society through task forces and committees. In addition, the society reaches out to patient organizations, professional societies, and foundations on behalf of its members to collaborate on common objectives for pain research and care.
Advance the Quality of Care for All Pain Patients
Funding the Future of Pain
APS is continuously working to increase opportunities for funding for pain research that advances the treatment and management of chronic pain. The society directly supports research projects through a variety of grant programs in addition to alerting members to other opportunities available through federal and other agencies.
Elevate Standards of Pain Care
APS develops and disseminates position statements and guidelines for use by physicians, nurses, psychologists, and other healthcare professionals. In some cases, our evidence-based guidelines provide the only available evidence-based recommendations on their topics.
A Voice in Advocacy
The society and its members are actively involved in efforts to influence standards and quality of care. APS has identified a broad agenda of pain issues and advocates in numerous arenas to improve the environment for pain treatment at the state and local levels for enlightened legislation and regulatory policies.
The APS Career Center provides current information for healthcare specialists in the field of pain treatment and is a resource for exciting new careers.