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Meeting Highlights from PAINWeek 2017

Meeting Information

September 5-9, 2017
The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, NV

At the 11th annual PAINWeek national conference, more than 2,000 pain practitioners convened in Las Vegas to share expertise and gain insights about advances in pain management across a variety of specialties, including primary care, psychology, nursing, pharmacy, and rehabilitation medicine. 

Of the more than 100 nationally and internationally recognized pain experts presenting during the course of the week, many are members of the Practical Pain Management editorial advisory board. We commend our advisory board members for their dedication to expanding the knowledge base of healthcare practitioners looking to improve their pain management skills. 

PPM Editor-in-Chief Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Best of all, Forest Tennant, MD, DrPH, Practical Pain Mangement's Editor-in-Chief, was bestowed with the Lifetime Achievement Award prior to the opening keynote address. Dr. Tennant was recognized as the "doctor's doctor" by Kevin L. Zacharoff, MD, a board certified anesthesiologist and pain medicine, and on the faculty at the State University of New York/Stony Brook School of Medicine.

Douglas L. Gourlay, MD, an addiction specialist, received the Pain Educator of the Year Award.

The keynote, "Are you now or have you ever been? Saving pain medicine from zealotry" was presented by four leading pain experts—Michael R. Clark, MD, PhD, MBA, vice chair at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Michael E. Schatman, PhD, adjunct clinical assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, Kevin L. Zacharoff, MD,  (introduced above), and Stephen J. Ziegler, PhD, JD, associate professor emeritus of public policy at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana, on Wednesday evening, September 6, 2017.  

The curriculum at the PainWeek conference provided physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, and other practitioners involved in patient pain management with more than 140 hours of continuing education opportunities across  20 interest tracks, as well as satellite symposia, poster sessions, and exhibitors. The newest track, added this year, is functional medicine, 

Of particular interest were sessions that addressed the truth behind the opioid epidemic, presentations on new and upcoming pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic treatment modalities, and surveys regarding best practices in pain management.

For those who could not attend, several sessions, including the key note address, have been highlighted to provide PPM readers with salient information to inform your practice from the varied presentations offered during PAINWeek 2017.

 

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