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ASRA 2012 | Pain Medicine & Regional Anesthesia Meeting

Message from David Webb, M.D., Chair, Resident Section Committee 

The 11th annual ASRA Pain Meeting and Workshops will be held November 15-18, 2012, in Miami, Florida at the Fontainebleau Hotel. On behalf of the ASRA Board of Directors, this year’s program director, Dr. Daniel Warren, and the ASRA Resident Section Committee, we welcome and encourage all residents and fellows to attend this Pain Medicine Meeting and take part in the highly regarded resident-fellow education program.

The program will begin with a resident forum Friday evening consisting of a panel of pain medicine program directors and current fellows who will hold a question-and-answer session about obtaining pain fellowship positions. The forum will lead into the well-attended wine and cheese reception, which will provide residents and fellows with the opportunity to meet and network with current fellowship directors and pain medicine program representatives.

The residency-fellow program continues the next day, beginning with a morning general session consisting of such lecture topics as anatomy of the spine, basic fluoroscopy for interventional pain procedures, ultrasound-guided pain procedures, and introduction to basic surgical skills for interventional pain.

During lunch, you will be able to sit in on one of three problem-based learning discussions (PBLDs): the delicate nature of signing your first contract, how to deal with complications in pain medicine, or deciding if academic pain medicine or private pain medicine is right for you. Then, during the afternoon sessions, you will apply what was discussed in the morning sessions. Current staff will moderate discussions regarding fluoroscopic techniques, basic ultrasound using live models, and instruction on basic surgical skills.

Dr. Warren and the ASRA Board of Directors have planned an excellent general conference session. The resident-fellow education program has been condensed this year so that you can enjoy the resident program, general sessions, and the Miami sun. Remember to save the date, and we look forward to seeing you there.