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  • AAPM... the Voice of Pain Medicine

    AAPM... the Voice of Pain Medicine

    The professional organization representing over 2,200 pain specialists and their treatment teams. Become part of this distinguished community of professionals. Join Today!
  • AAPM Annual Meeting

    AAPM 32nd Annual Meeting

    The premier meeting for physicians and their treatment teams. The Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel and Convention Center, Palm Springs, California, February 18-21, 2016. Annual Meeting
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    AAPM Membership & You

    Working with you to advance the practice and specialty of pain medicine while enhancing the health of patients and eliminating pain as a major public health problem. Join Today!
  • AAPM Professional Education

    AAPM Professional Education

    Essentials are online, on-demand education modules that serve as a resource to advance your knowledge and skills to effectively evaluate and treat the pain patient. More Information
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The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) is the medical specialty society representing physicians practicing in the field of pain medicine. As a medical specialty society, the Academy is involved in education, training, advocacy, and research in the specialty of pain medicine.

The practice of pain medicine is multi-disciplinary in approach, incorporating modalities from various specialties to ensure the comprehensive evaluation and treatment of the pain patient. AAPM represents the diverse scope of the field through membership from a variety of origins, including such specialties as anesthesiology, internal medicine, neurology, neurological surgery, orthopedic surgery, physiatry, and psychiatry.

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AAPM FoundationThe Foundation’s purpose is to advocate for "patient safety" by providing funding support to expand and enhance research and education, and advocating for improved training and credentialing as a way to advance pain management.

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2015 Annual Meeting Evaluations and CME/CE

Essentials for Pain Course - online and on demand

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Treatment of Chronic Pain by Medical, Interventional, Integrative Approaches
Treatment of Chronic Pain by Medical/ Interventional / Integrative Approaches
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2015 Illustrated Coding and Billing Expert for Anesthesia/Pain Medicine
2015 Illustrated Coding and Billing Expert for Anesthesia/Pain Medicine
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