On behalf of the Scientific/Education Planning Committee, I am delighted to invite you to the 19th Annual Pain Medicine Meeting taking place Thursday, November 19–Saturday, November 21, 2020, at Caesars Palace in lively Las Vegas, Nevada.
The importance of pain medicine as a complex, dynamic, and ever-innovative medical specialty has never been so apparent. From the opioid epidemic to cutting-edge interventional techniques, qualified pain specialists and leaders need to come together and combine their knowledge and skills to lead their patients and health systems toward new perspectives in translational research and patient care, using scientifically sound, evidence-based techniques to improve patient outcomes.
This year’s annual meeting theme,“2020, Perfect Vision,” will be reflected throughout the meeting by national and international experts and leaders in pain medicine presenting the state of pain medicine in the year 2020 and the achievements, developments, and directions from the past, present, and future of our specialty.
We will explore the role of the pain specialist as a medical detective who is best equipped to identify what generates pain and treat it with a complexity of novel agents and interventions. In multispecialty panels, we will also highlight the importance of placing ourselves in each other’s shoes, investigating the various chronic pain syndrome diagnoses and treatment from multiple perspectives. Current and future directions in combating the opioid epidemic, pain genes and genetic mutations in chronic pain, neuromodulation, and tackling cancer pain are just few examples of what you will encounter in our meeting. In the era of busy physicians and practices, academics, or a mix, we will provide attendees with essential complementary and alternative, regenerative, and psychological techniques to incorporate in the treatment armamentarium to effectively help our patients.
As the pain community expands, we will bring pain societies together to dialogue and ultimately develop a lingua franca based on relevant research discoveries and ambitious interventions for the chronic pain medicine community.
In addition to the didactic sessions, you will have the opportunity to attend hands-on fluoroscopic and ultrasound workshops that participants can choose to best fit their knowledge. Complex and cutting-edge hands-on sessions will be available as well, including kyphoplasty and metastatic bone radiofrequency ablation, direct and indirect disc decompression procedures, and treatments for discogenic pain (eg, basivertebral nerve radiofrequency ablation). The highly popular musculoskeletal and pain medicine ultrasound workshops, first demonstrated at ASRA and ever evolving to meet learner needs, will continue to offer a multistaged curriculum for obtaining ASRA’s Pain and MSK Interventional Ultrasound Certificate. Also, the ASA/ASRA practice management sessions are designed for interactive discussion on key aspects of coding and compliance, managing a variety of pain practice settings, and issues pertaining to patient retention and risk management. Those sessions are truly a must for both physician leaders and practice management specialists.
In addition to the dedicated physician assistant/nurse practitioner/nursing program, participants also have the opportunity to attend targeted, interactive sessions on intrathecal therapies, acupuncture, complementary and alternative therapies, professional development, diagnostic imaging and electrodiagnostics, and a hands-on physical and neurologic exam workshop.
As well as the traditional sessions, abstract submissions, moderated ePosters, and problem-based learning discussions, we are excited to continue the interactive sessions, where we will discuss current hot topics in pain management, such as radiofrequency ablation, magnetic resonance imaging compatibility, and cybersecurity for implantable devices and a special session related to the future of our pain specialty.
Finally, don’t miss the opportunity to network in person with faculty and colleagues at the Wine & Bubbly Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall and our always popular Saturday Night Celebration as we cap off an outstanding meeting. Plus, network with your colleagues on ASRA Connect, our members-only online community, and follow @ASRA_Society on Twitter and Instagram using #ASRAFALL20.
Magdalena Anitescu, MD, PhD
Chair, Scientific/Education Planning Committee