Welcome to the First Annual Society for Pediatric Pain Medicine (SPPM) Meeting!
By Petra M. Meier, MD, DEAA
SPPM 1st Annual Meeting Program Chair
We are excited to welcome you to the 2014 Annual Meeting at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa in sunny Ft. Lauderdale on Thursday, March 6, 2014. This wonderful location provides the setting for the advancement of education in the developmental aspects of pain in infancy and childhood, current controversies surrounding prescription drug abuse and diversion, and innovations in regional anesthesia, while interacting and networking with colleagues. You can extend your days in the sun by also registering for the SPA/AAP Pediatric Anesthesiology Meeting that will follow on March 7-9, 2014 at the same venue.
The SPA special interest group (SIG) on Pediatric Pain Medicine has grown up! While we have been able to offer you several well - received educational programs in recent years, this will be our 1st Annual Meeting as the Society for Pediatric Pain Medicine (SPPM). We have incorporated many suggestions from the feedback of attendees at our previous SIG meetings that have metamorphosed into a program of lectures, panel discussions, problem-based learning discussions and workshops with usable take home messages and ample time for interaction with the faculty. We are honored to have as our keynote speaker Professor Maria Fitzgerald from University College London who is an international expert in pediatric neurobiological processes that underlie the development of pain pathways.
This year’s program offers something of interest to all who care for children in pain, whether you are an anesthesiologist in the operating room, a regional anesthesia enthusiast, a practitioner taking care of children in the perioperative period or in the pain clinic, a researcher interested in the effects of pain and analgesia on the developing brain or are concerned about the potential of opioid abuse in patients or staff.
We have assembled renowned faculty from across the country along with outstanding guest speakers to offer a unique educational experience. The first session focuses on a comprehensive update on the science and art of pain and analgesia in infants and young children, followed by a practical session on best practice for regional anesthesia from the operating room to home. At noon we offer the choice of a leisurely lunch with exhibitors and friends, a round table research discussion with our international keynote speaker, or problem-based learning discussions with our expert faculty. After lunch, we will address the ever-increasing problem of prescription drug abuse and diversion in children and adolescents and how you as the prescribing physician can decrease the odds for such outcome. Mid-afternoon we will approach a serious subject in regional anesthesia with a more light-hearted pro-con debate. The program concludes with a workshop on the nuts and bolts of establishing a pediatric pain program.
As I complete my service as Program Chair, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude and heartfelt thanks to Bob Wilder, my vice chair to whom I am passing the baton for next year’s meeting, Sabine Kost-Byerly, our president whose tireless advocacy has made SPPM possible, Connie Houck, who encouraged and supported me as program chair, and the Educational Committee for their expertise and invaluable suggestions. I’d also like to extend my appreciation to the wonderful staff at the SPA office for their tireless assistance during this process. A huge “Thank You” goes to Boston Children’s Hospital who helped us financially to realize our lofty goal of sharing with you the international expertise of our keynote speaker. Everyone’s collective experience and great ideas made this outstanding program possible!
Enjoy your meeting and “Spring Break” in Ft. Lauderdale!