Newswise — Chicago, Illinois—Registration is open for the 31st Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) scheduled for this March in the Washington, DC area. The goal of the meeting is to bring pain thought leaders together to discuss the nation’s astounding societal problem of chronic pain. With new initiatives such as the development of the National Pain Strategy, the extension of AAPM membership to key nonphysician providers, and the leadership of collaboration efforts among nine primary care organizations to focus on pain education, this is the most important Pain Medicine meeting of the year.

This year’s meeting runs March 19-22, 2015 at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD, with preconference sessions beginning on Wednesday, March 18, 2015. Those interested in attending or learning more about the event should visit

The AAPM Annual Meeting will engage pain specialists and all clinicians to improve the quality, safety and efficacy of pain medicine treatments and modalities across the healthcare continuum. Pre-program activities cover the tools and skills needed to treat patients in pain, while post-program activities empower pain champions to transform their own communities by improving the assessment, evaluation, clinical decision-making skills, and patient-centered communication strategies needed to deliver the right pain care at the right time in the appropriate practice setting.

“This meeting promises to be an invigorating, educational, and innovative program,” says AAPM President, Sean Mackey, MD PhD. “We’ll provide attendees with a breadth of information, outstanding educational sessions, expert faculty, and an unparalleled opportunity to network with colleagues.” AAPM has been awarded Accreditation with Commendation as a provider of CME for physicians by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the highest accreditation granted by ACCME.

About AAPM The American Academy of Pain Medicine is the premier medical association for pain physicians and their treatment teams with over 2,500 members. Now in its 32nd year of service, the Academy’s mission is to optimize the health of patients in pain and eliminate pain as a major public health problem by advancing the practice and specialty of pain medicine through education, training, advocacy, and research. Information is available on the Academy’s website at