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About The Pain Management Symposium

Cleveland Clinic Department of Pain Management is pleased to offer The 21st Annual Pain Management Symposium. We invite you to join us in the Gaslamp District of San Diego, California at the Hard Rock Hotel during the week of March 16-20, 2019. 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, healthcare reform and the downstream impact of the opioid crisis. This Symposium will promote a better understanding of the pathophysiology of acute and chronic pain, enhance knowledge regarding various chronic neuropathic pain conditions, and critically review novel state-of-the-art interventional and non-interventional techniques in diagnosis and management of chronic pain, cancer pain, and headaches. A 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. On Sunday through Tuesday, there are optional early evening problem-based learning discussions and a special group of educational sessions specifically developed for ARNPs and PAs working in pain practices.

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. This year will see the addition of a cadaver session to the second day of the Ultrasound Workshops.

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.
  • Describe the issues surrounding opioid crisis and the use of opioids for pain management including opioid guidelines, new legislation, addiction potential, and strategies to optimize outcomes.
  • Critically assess the data on the pros and cons of cannabinoids and the issues affecting their use in chronic pain treatment.
  • Discuss the evolving role of ketamine in the treatment of chronic and acute pain.
  • Review new developments within the spectrum of neuromodulation therapies.
  • Develop strategies to provide affordable pain care that addresses changes in regulatory, billing, and ethical challenges in pain practice.
  • List some emerging therapies for pain and describe their potential use in clinical practice.
  • Examine contemporary approaches to headache and back pain evaluation and treatment.
  • Review current evidence and apply relevant prescribing and management guidelines as they apply to pain management.
  • Demonstrate use of various technical skills needed to perform interventional pain procedures.