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Controversies in Pain Management 2012

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About the Conference: This year's conference will combine short didactic lectures from chronic pain leaders throughout the country, combined with smaller, focused workshops with each of the faculty. Come prepared to dialogue with experienced and leading clinicians, and take home actionable strategies you can use the following Monday in your practice.

For additional reading and handouts, click here

To view a special presentation presented by Dr Tauben on November, 15, click here.

For additional reading from Dr Tauben, please click here.

Our speakers:

  • David J. Tauben, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Washington, and Medical Director UW Center for Pain Relief, Seattle, Washington. Dr. Tauben returns as Keynote to further drill down, at a practical level, on strategies for helping the chronic pain patient return to their optimal level of functioning. He will build on the pain management strategies to which he introduced us this past year.

  • Steven D. Passik, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry, Professor of Anesthesia, Vanderbilt University, will be presenting on the psychological assessment: what it contains, and how can it be used by the primary care provider to help identify the patient for potential improvement and to help guide the provider in supporting the patient.

  • Erin E. Krebs, MD, MPH (VA), Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota and Internal Medicine Specialist at the Minneapolis VAMC will address strategies for successful patient/provider communication when working with patients to improve functionality.

  • Julie M. Fritz, PT, PhD, ATC, Assistant Professor, College of Physical Therapy, College of Health, University of Utah will examine the role of physical therapy in helping the patient return to optimal functionality. She will address the BioPsychoSocial approach to functional improvement and graded exercise/graded response as a useful tool in achieving patient improvement.

  • Shelley Silvers, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Program Coordinator of the Multidisciplinary Pain Management Program, Quillen VA Medical Center, Mountain Home, TN will introduce us to recreational therapy and its ability to engage the patient who is on the road to improved functionality.

  • John Bossaer, PharmD, Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice, Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, ETSU will provide strategies and a plan to educate patients regarding their pharmacotherapy, utilizing shared responsibility, and collaboration.

Agenda: To view the agenda, click here

To register:  Click here, or call (423) 439-8027. Online registration is closed, but we will be accepting registrations at the door.

Target Audience: Primary Care Physicians, APNs and PAs, Pain Specialists, Pharmacists, Physical Therapists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Nurses in Acute and Community-based Care Settings

Learning Objectives: "As a result of participating in this activity, the attendee will be able to.........."

  • Describe the profile of the chronic pain patient who is more likely to return to functionality
  • List the components and uses of a functional improvement plan
  • Discuss the Pain Assessment, what it will tell the practitioner, and how it will shape the patient's plan
  • Describe the psychological assessment and how it will identify patients with psychological barriers to pain improvement
  • Discuss the communication strategies regarding improving functionality to employ with the patient
  • Describe the patient education strategies to use when initiating or adjusting pharmacotherapy
  • Discuss the Bio-psychosocial approach to physical therapy with pain patients and its related Graded Exercise and Graded Exposure Approach to physical therapy
  • Describe the role and utility of recreational therapy in pain management and functional improvement
  • Describe the strategies for measuring outcomes

Activity Director: Shelley Silvers, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Program Coordinator of the Multidisciplinary Pain Management Program, Quillen VA Medical Center, Mountain Home, TN

Date, Time and Location: Friday, November 16, 2012, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Breakfast and Walk-in Registration 7:00 AM), Millennium Centre, Millennium Place, Johnson City, TN 37604

Registration Fees:

  • Physicians: Before October 29 - $200; October 29 and after - $225
  • All Other Providers: Before October 29 - $160; October 29 and after - $185
  • ETSU Medical Residents and ETSU Medical Students - no charge for the first 20 registrants
  • Group Rates Available - Call 423 439 8027 to learn more

Financial Support: Commercial support is being sought for this conference. Companies providing grants will be disclosed before and at the conference.


quillen logo ACCME Accreditation: Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
etsu logo CME Credit: Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM . Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This live activity, Controversies in Pain Management, Improving Patient Functionality in the Primary Care Setting, with a begin date of November 16th, 2012, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 7.25 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

college of nursing logo CNE Credit: 6.75 continuing nursing education contact hours for this conference. East Tennessee State University College of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Tennessee Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
  This event is presented by the College of Nursing Office of Continuing Education at East Tennessee State University, and the Quillen College of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education.
tpta logo This activity has been approved for 6.5 hours of TPTA Credit.
acpe logo The University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. Successful completion of this knowledge-based program will provide a statement for seven (7.0) live contact hours credit (0.7 CEUs) and will be mailed within 3 weeks following the program. Beginning 2012 your CE credits will also be submitted electronically to NABP and in 2013 we will no longer be providing paper copies of CE statements. Pharmacists or pharmacy technicians with questions regarding their NABP e-Profile or CPE Monitor should refer to the FAQ section on the NABP website ( or contact NABP Customer Service: 847-391-4406. Successful completion includes attending the session, signing the attendance sheet, and completion of the program evaluation form. Universal Activity Number (UAN): 0064-9999-12-057-L01-P

Other Accreditations are being sought and will be posted on the website as they become available.


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