Ultrasonography in Interventional Pain Management- February 17-18, 2016- Palm Springs, CA

Course Date and Time: February 17, 2016 - 9:00am

Ultrasonography in Interventional Pain Management (002)


The World Academy of Pain Medicine Ultrasonography is collaborating with American Academy of Pain Medicine to offer two distinct ultrasound/cadaver programs as a pre-conference to their annual meeting. These programs will take place over 2 days and provide 16 hours of CME to attendees. 

Date: February 17-18, 2016
Location: Palm Springs Convention Center
Times: Wednesday, February 17 7:00am - 5:00pm
  Thursday, February 18 7:00am - 5:15pm

AMA Designation of Credits: 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

Course location:
Palm Springs Convention Center
277 N. Avenida Caballeros
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 325-6611

Conference Hotel:
Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel*
888 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 322-6000
*As you make your reservations, be sure to mention the AAPM Annual Meeting. Reservations at the AAPM Annual Meeting rate will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Interventional pain management practitioners have been pioneers in the field of ultrasound-guided procedures in chronic pain. Recently, pain medicine luminaries have implemented ultrasonography in the clinical setting, successfully using ultrasound as an extension of physical examination. Numerous painful conditions may be diagnosed in the office, sparing expensive and time-consuming journeys to an MRI suite.

During this course, diagnostic methods will be discussed and core peripheral, sympathetic, and axial procedures will be outlined and demonstrated on human cadavers.

This program, presented by the World Academy of Pain Medicine Ultrasonography (WAPMU) in collaboration with AAPM, is a 2-day workshop. The program provides over 12 hours of hands-on training. The first day will provide didactic presentation and demonstration; the second day will provide cadaver training.

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Important Information:
The WAPMU preconference workshops require 1) registration and 2) completion of the Qualifying Scope of Practice formthat can be downloaded here, completed and submitted to info@painmed.org. Upon receipt of the registrant's Qualifying Scope of Practice form, a final confirmation will be sent to registrants confirming acceptance to the workshop within 3 business days, making a determination if the registrant is qualified to attend a particular workshop. WAPMU and AAPM will evaluate eligibility for each individual that registers for each track. Acceptance into the workshop is dependent on qualification and availability. WAPMU and AAPM have the right to refuse any registrant.

Download Qualifying Scope of Practice form

Hotel and air transportation should not be made by registrants until the Qualifying Scope of Practice form has been submitted and final confirmation has been received. WAPMU and AAPM will not be responsible for any travel and/or lodging reimbursements.

Target audience:
Orthopedic and pain medicine specialists interested in expanding and improving their knowledge of ultrasound for needle guidance and diagnostics.

Statement of Need:
Interventional Pain Physicians are typically taught through training to use fluoroscopy for both needle guidance and diagnostics during procedures. It is now proven that ultrasound can also be used to perform these same tasks with as good or better results as well as been proven to be safer for both the patient and practitioner as there is no radiation involved.

Program Objectives:
The overall goal of this course is focused on providing advanced knowledge related to evidence based ultrasound techniques for needle guidance and diagnostics.

After attending this course, participants will be able to:
  • Define the characteristics of an ultrasound image, identify tendon, muscle, ligaments and nerves under ultrasound.
  • Identify the difference between a normal and abnormal nerve under ultrasound. Scan and identify the median nerve, and ulnar nerve. Scan and identify the carpal canal to recognize carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • Identify all landmarks of the cervical facet, cervical medial branch, lumbar facet and caudal.
  • Perform ultrasound-guided procedures of common joints (shoulder, knee and hip), tendon sheath (while avoiding the tendon), bursas and cysts and aspirations.
  • Define the principals and standards of an MSK ultrasound examination.
  • Perform a structured MSK examination of the shoulder and carpal canal.
  • Identify all landmarks of the sympathetic chain under ultrasound.
  • Identify common entrapment/traumatic neuropathies under ultrasound.
  • Utilize needle guidance under ultrasound during procedures of neuropathies.
  • Perform ultrasound guided MSK injections of the shoulder, hip and knee.
  • Perform spinal procedures of the lumbar spine and pelvis.

Structure of Course:
This two-day interactive learning experience will consist of lectures, enhanced by slide presentations, question and answer periods, live demonstration and hands-on training with live models and cadavers.

Intended Audience:
This educational activity is intended for orthopedic and pain medicine specialists interested in expanding and improving their knowledge of ultrasound for needle guidance and diagnostics.

Faculty Disclosures:
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Dannemiller requires that each person, who is in a position to control the content of the CME activity, must disclose all relevant financial relationships they have with a commercial interest. Accordingly:


Session Chair:

Michael Gofeld, MD, Assistant Professor, St. Michaels Hospital, Department of Anesthesia, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. Nothing to Disclose

Session Co-Chairs:

Einar Ottestad, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesia, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA. Nothing to Disclose

Hariharan Shankar, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesia, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI. Nothing to Disclose

Additional Faculty:

Amitabh Gulati, MD, Director of Ambulatory Pain Management, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Program Director Cornell Pain Medicine, New York, NY. Nothing to Disclose

David Spinner, DO, RMSK, Assistant Professor- Interventional Pain, Spine and Sports Medicine, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY. Nothing to Disclose

Michele Curatolo, MD, Professor, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Nothing to Disclose

This activity is jointly sponsored by Dannemiller and the WAPMU, in collaboration with AAPM.

ACCME Accreditation Statement:
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Dannemiller and WAPMU. Dannemiller is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Dannemiller is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Designation of Credits:
Dannemiller designates this live activity for a maximum of 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty Disclosure:
As a provider accredited by ACCME, Dannemiller must ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in its educational activities. Course director(s), planning committee, faculty, and all others who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest related to the subject matter of the educational activity. Safeguards against commercial bias have been put in place. Faculty also will disclose any off-label and/or investigational use of pharmaceuticals or instruments discussed in their presentation. Disclosure of this information will be published in course materials so those participants in the activity may formulate their own judgments regarding the presentation.

Registration rates:

  Physician Pain Medicine Fellow Military, DoD, VA (ID required)
Before 12/31 After 12/31 Before 12/31 After 12/31 Before 12/31 After 12/31
Ultrasound/Cadaver Only $1,750 $1,850 $1,050 $1,050 $1,350 $1,450
If also attending 3-day Annual
Meeting or Essentials
$1,550 $1,550 $950 $950 $1,250 $1,250
There is no reduced member price

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Or Download the registration form and fax it to 847-375-6477, or call Member Services at 847-375-4731 for assistance.