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ASRA 2012 | Pain Medicine & Regional Anesthesia Meeting

Meeting Overview and Highlights 

Meeting Overview

As recent studies illustrate and anyone suffering from pain will agree, substantial gaps in pain assessment and treatment continue to persist, and “given the burden of pain in human lives, dollars, and social consequences, relieving pain should be a national priority” It is with this goal in mind that ASRA has designed the 11th Annual Pain Medicine Meeting. 

The three and a half day educational offering is recognized as a leading educational meeting on invasive and non-invasive targeted therapies in pain medicine.

The meeting has a strong practical focus delivering information of take-home value that can be put to immediate use by participants in their practices.  The comprehensive content will cover: 

  • Understanding Pain from the basic science of nociception to complex mechanisms underlying challenging pain syndromes
  • Care of People with Pain by means of assessment, diagnosis, and a range of therapeutic and treatment options (with a focus on appropriate medication strategies, regional anesthesia, targeted interventional techniques, and surgical implantation methodologies)
  • Practicing Pain Medicine from practicalities like billing  to advocacy and ethics
  • Promoting Pain Research and translation into clinical practice
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration and professional networking

Meeting Highlights

The ASRA 11th Annual Pain Medicine Meeting is a comprehensive educational event offering a wide range of topics, formats, research presentations and networking opportunities. The meeting is structured in such a way to allow learners to tailor their educational experience and select content based on their individual needs. Meeting highlights include:

  • Renowned Faculty representing the country’s leading institutions chosen for their expertise as well as their keen presentation and teaching skills
  • Wide Range of Educational Formats including a refresher course, keynote lectures, parallel sessions, PBLD’s, panel discussions, Q&A sessions, etc.
  • Workshops using models, cadavers, demonstration and exam based techniques providing interactive, hands-on and clinically focused learning
  • Half or full day Special Session Workshops blending didactic learning with hands-on practice on a focused topic
  • Poster Presentations and discussions representing current and future research as well as medically challenging cases
  • Networking Opportunities for establishing a professional network of fellow participants and distinguished faculty
  • Extensive Exhibit Hall featuring products and services specifically designed for the study and treatment of pain

“Acute and chronic pain affects large numbers of Americans, with approximately100 million U.S. adults burdened by chronic pain alone. The annual national economic cost associated with chronic pain is estimated to be $560-635 billion. Pain is a uniquely individual and subjective experience that depends on a variety of biological, psychological, and social factors, and different population groups experience pain differentially. For many patients, treatment of pain is inadequate not just because of uncertain diagnoses and societal stigma, but also because of shortcomings in the availability of effective treatments and inadequate patient and clinician knowledge about the best ways to manage pain.1”   -2011 Institute of Medicine's (IOM) "Relieving Pain in America"