American Society of Pain Educators Announces Pain Educator of the Year Awards

American Society of Pain Educators (ASPE) presents Pain Educator of the Year Awards at the PAINWeek 2012 National Conference.

Montclair, NJ (PRWEB) August 08, 2012

The American Society of Pain Educators (ASPE) has announced the winners of the Pain Educator of the Year awards for 2012.

Since 2009 the ASPE has recognized a Pain Educator of the Year in 3 areas – Academic, Clinical, and Industry. The Academic Award recognizes an exceptional educator in the field of pain management in an academic environment. The Clinical award recognizes an outstanding educator who serves as a community opinion leader in the field of pain management. The Industry Award recognizes an educator of excellence in the field of pain management.
This year the ASPE is pleased to commend the following individuals:

For Academic Pain Educator of the Year: Christopher M. Herndon, PharmD, BCPS, CPE. Dr. Herndon is an Associate Professor with the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) School of Pharmacy and Clinical Specialist with the St. Louis University School of Medicine Department of Community and Family Medicine Residency Training Program. In his current role, Dr. Herndon sees chronic pain patients in a multidisciplinary setting within a large family medicine residency clinic where he trains medical and pharmacy students, as well as pharmacy and physician residents, on appropriate opioid and adjuvant prescribing, monitoring, and assessment.    

For Clinical Pain Educator of the Year: Sondra M. Adkinson, PharmD, DAAPM, CPE. Dr. Adkinson is currently practicing as a Clinical Pharmacy Specialist at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System, Bay Pines Florida, in the Outpatient Interdisciplinary Pain Clinic. She serves on the National VA Pharmacy-Pain Workgroup and is a Clinical Instructor of Pharmacy Practice offering Clerkship training to pharmacy students in pain management at several universities across the state.

For Industry Pain Educator of the Year: Angela Huskey, PharmD, CPE. Dr. Huskey is the Director of Clinical Practice Education for the Millennium Research Institute. She has held various positions in the pharmaceutical industry within medical affairs and has been responsible for developing and managing key opinion leader relationships, clinical education, and collaborative research. Dr. Huskey is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Florida College of Pharmacy and co-coordinator of the Pain Management and Palliative Care elective.

Commenting on this year’s award recipients, ASPE Board President Mary Lynn McPherson, PharmD, BCPS, FASPE, CPE, said, “We are very pleased to be recognizing the contributions and achievements of these outstanding educators. It is the goal of the ASPE to populate more primary care practices with go-to resources in pain management, and we applaud our recipients for their motivation, vision, and commitment toward the ASPE and to the dissemination of exemplary pain education.”

The awards will be presented during the Keynote presentation at PAINWeek® 2012 on Wednesday, September 5, and the ASPE will convene its 7th annual Pain Educators Forum at this year’s conference, from September 5-8 in Las Vegas. With over 120 hours of continuing medical education activities available, PAINWeek is the largest and best attended pain management conference in the country. The conference schedule and additional information is available at http://www.painweek.org.

As always, the ASPE will permit qualified candidates to sit for the Certified Pain Educator credential exam during the 4-day conference. For more CPE exam information visit http://www.paineducators.org.

About American Society of Pain Educators
The American Society of Pain Educators (ASPE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional organization dedicated to improving pain management through the education and training of healthcare professionals to become Certified Pain Educators (CPEs).

As the only organization focusing on pain educator training, the Society teaches healthcare professionals to serve as resources to educate their clinical peers, as well as patients, families, and caregivers, on ways to relieve pain by the safest means possible.

ASPE members are the frontline practitioners when it comes to treating pain. They are go-to resources in their practices and organizations, imparting evidence-based guidelines, translating care plans, and monitoring for safety, efficacy, and adherence. They are charged with delivering better health outcomes.

About PAINWeek
PAINWeek is the nation’s largest pain conference for frontline practitioners with an interest in pain management. Convening for its 6th consecutive year on September 5-8, 2012, in Las Vegas, PAINWeek expects to welcome over 1500 physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals for a comprehensive program of course offerings, satellite events, and exhibits. Over 120 hours of continuing medical education activities will be presented. To learn more and register for PAINWeek 2012, visit http://www.painweek.org.

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