Annual Meeting Preview

By M-Irfan Suleman, MD
Program Chair

Dr. Suleman
Dr. Suleman

Count Down!
We are just a few days away from a very exciting SPPM 7th Annual Meeting, our first international meeting, at the extravagant Atlantis Paradise Island resort in The Bahamas, February 26-28, 2020. For the first time, we will have three days of rich program content to attract multidisciplinary clinicians, including anesthesiologists, pain physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, physical therapists, and educators. We can all renew our knowledge, refresh our spirit and reboot our friendships.

Session I: The Role of Regional Anesthesia in Pain Management
The SPPM will be collaborating with the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine for a new special session that we hope will benefit members from both organizations.

Following this special session, there will be three fantastic workshops, including Myth Busters/Opioids, our famous Ultrasound-guided Chronic Pain Interventional Blocks, and a new workshop on Palliative Treatment in Pediatric Patients.

Day 2 will be a full day of educational activities. We will start with 12 exciting PBLDs that will create some stimulating discussions.

Session II: The Child with Ehlers-Danlos
We will discuss chronic pain in EDS; diagnosis and management of low-pressure headache; perioperative pain management; and behavior therapies such as CBT and biofeedback. At the end of the session, we will have a live interview with an EDS patient.

Session III: The Child with Osteosarcoma
This session will include a surgeon’s perspective on osteosarcoma; perioperative pain control; post-op rehabilitation considerations of osteosarcoma, and management during the end-of-life period for children.

Session IV: Changing Horizons
After lunch with the exhibitors, this session will try to expand our horizons with a presentation on advocacy, institutional culture, and children’s pain. The second lecture is on the psychiatrist’s approach to pediatric chronic pain.

Session V: Poster Awards/Presentations
At the end of day, poster awards will be presented by the Research Committee before the moderated poster sessions.

The day will conclude with sensational workshops, including Integrating Acupuncture in Pediatric Perioperative Care and Pain Medicine; and the new Basic Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia with Simulation Training workshop for beginners which is almost SOLD OUT.

Session VI: Interdisciplinary Care of Pediatric Patients
On day three, we are introducing a new interdisciplinary session for non-anesthesiologist providers. This session is designed to appeal to a wide variety of pain specialists, including pediatricians, psychologists, physical therapists, nurse practitioners, researchers, and educators. Topics that will be covered in this session are understanding of pediatric pain pathophysiology and assessment; multidisciplinary pain management; chronic pain is a sensory processing problem; risks of prescription opioids for children and adolescents; and explaining pain to youth and families.

This meeting will offer an educational experience “to better care for children in pain” and of course a family fun time in Atlantis!

See you in The Bahamas!

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