Every year, more than 1200 clinicians across all disciplines come to the Academy Clinical Meeting to learn, to teach, to network, to peruse the products in the exhibit hall, and to have a good time. Our audience of physicians, physician assistants, nurses, psychologists, physical therapists, and others who practice pain management, experience pain management education in fresh, exciting, and useful ways. We offer a balance of small, hands-on sessions and larger didactic sessions. In addition we offer continuing education credits for 11 disciplines.
Founded in 1988, the American Academy of Pain Management (the Academy) is the largest pain management organization in the nation and the only one that embraces an integrative model of care, which: is patient-centered; considers the whole person; encourages healthful lifestyle changes as part of the first line of treatment to restore wellness; is evidence-based and brings together all appropriate therapeutic approaches to reduce pain and achieve optimal health and healing; and, encourages a team approach. The Academy offers continuing education, publications, and advocacy.
The mission of the American Academy of Pain Management is to advance the field of pain management using an integrative model of patient-centered care by providing evidence-based education for pain practitioners, as well as offering credentialing and advocacy for its members.
The Academy provides education through vehicles such as the Annual Clinical Meeting, online and live programs, and print materials. We are accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education and by the American Psychological Association to approve continuing education units for psychologists. Our programs are based on member feedback and other needs assessment protocols.
The Learning Center (member login) allows you quick and easy access to more than 400 hours continuing medical education activities across several topic areas.
The Academy Credential, open to all pain practitioners, signifies that you: have practiced in the field of pain management; are committed to ongoing pain management education; practice in an ethical manner; and have promoted continuous quality improvement for the relief of pain. It is the only credential that is available for all practitioners who treat people with pain. Learn more about becoming a credentialed member.
The Academy has developed a curriculum for physicians to demonstrate the requisite knowledge to practice basic chronic pain management.
The Academy advocates on behalf of our members by representing and supporting them on both the state and federal level, and by providing them with the tools and leadership skills they need to be empowered and effective advocates themselves. We provide status reports, Academy testimony, calls to action, and updates on current legislation.
The Academy produces two industry-leading publications. Our quarterly magazine The Pain Practitioner, a benefit of membership, is an award-winning clinical publication that is acknowledged throughout the pain management community for its relevant and well-written content. Members and non-members can also subscribe to our free monthly enewsletter, Currents: The Monthly Index to Pain Management, the nation's number one online source of pain management information.