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About The Pain Management Symposium

Cleveland Clinic Department of Pain Management is pleased to offer The 20th Annual Pain Management Symposium. We invite you to join us in the beautiful setting of The Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Hotel in Orlando, FL, during the week of February 10-14, 2018. This dynamic 5-day Symposium will focus on in-depth reviews and analyses of recent advances in pain medicine and regional anesthesia/analgesia.

The practice of Pain Medicine is undergoing tremendous changes as a result of therapeutic advances and healthcare reform. This Symposium will promote a better understanding of the pathophysiology of acute and chronic pain, examine the current opioid crisis, enhance knowledge regarding various chronic neuropathic pain conditions, explore the impact of healthcare reform on pain medicine practice and critically review novel state-of-the-art interventional and non-interventional techniques in diagnosis and management of chronic pain, cancer pain, back pain, pharmacology and pain in the elderly. An internationally renowned faculty will provide insightful assessment and clinical practice evaluation of the topics. Each year our attendees look forward to the Saturday evening reception, which promises to be a fantastic social gathering for attendees and faculty.

In addition to the didactic program, attendees have opportunities to participate in a variety of educational activities. Each day begins with informal discussions with faculty during the continental breakfasts and a new program that will provide experience with Reiki and meditation using guided imagery. On Sunday through Tuesday, there are early evening problem-based learning discussions. A special group of educational sessions specifically developed for ARNPs and PAs working in pain practices will take place for the second time during this year’s meeting.

Exclusive for practicing physicians and pain medicine fellows in training are unique workshops, offered multiple times throughout the week. They include optional afternoon cadaver workshops on various novel interventional pain management techniques. On Saturday and Sunday we offer live ultrasound-guided workshops covering upper and lower extremity blocks, truncal procedures and relevant pain procedures.

Who Should Attend

Practitioners and health care professionals who seek to learn the latest developments in pain medicine, including anesthesia providers, interventional pain specialists, physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, orthopaedic and spine surgeons, neurologists, neurosurgeons, headache specialists, palliative care specialists, primary care physicians, physical therapists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and residents and fellows in training who are interested in the practice of pain management will benefit from this program. 

By Attending, You Will Be Able To:

  • Describe the issues surrounding the opioid crisis and the use of opioids for pain management including opioid guidelines, new legislation, addiction potential, and strategies to optimize outcomes.
  • Discuss opioid addiction, medication-assisted addiction treatment, and how to recognize addiction in the chronic pain patient.
  • Analyze the unique challenges of caring for elderly patients with pain and the potential role of pharmacogenomics.
  • Describe new governmental quality and payment programs.
  • Develop appropriate strategies to address the economic impact of healthcare reform and that will succeed in a changing healthcare environment.
  • Identify rational selection and application of criteria for neuromodulation therapies to optimize patient outcome.
  • Summarize rational use of imaging studies to help diagnosis and treat chronic pain.
  • Describe the emerging treatments for pain and describe their potential clinical use, including deep brain stimulation, robotic spine surgery, stem cells, neuromodulation, and focused muscle stimulation.
  • Describe contemporary approaches to the evaluation and treatment of low back pain.
  • Analyze the relationship between pain and the brain, and describe its impact in developing successful treatment programs.

Special Activities

Start your day with a walk around the Hyatt grounds with Deb and Leslie – Rain or Shine. Meet in the Lobby at 6 am. Walk until 6:45 am. Bottled Water provided.

Symposium Registrants! Try your luck with a Hole-in-One Saturday, February 1Oth from 2pm-4pm. One Shot-Closest to hole wins prize. Prize to be awarded at the Saturday BBQ Party.