Pain is the #1 reason for an office visit to a primary care clinician. Over 116 million Americans suffer from persistent chronic pain. Many clinicians also admit that their training and education did not prepare them well for pain management. PAINWeek believes that primary care clinicians are on the frontline of this major public health issue and are the ones expected to reduce the burden of suffering and provide a better quality of life for chronic pain patients.
PAINWeek attendees come from all medical specialties. One of the significant benefits of participation, according to our surveys, is the opportunity to interact with colleagues of varying backgrounds and perspectives. Take a look at “The PAINWeek Scrapbook” to get an idea of the conference experience!
If you are a primary care clinician, you are a frontline practitioner, and you should attend PAINWeek. This includes primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, psychologists, and those in other medical specialties. With only 4,000 pain specialists in active practice nationwide, there are simply not enough to go around. The burden of care for patients with pain falls to the primary care clinician, who MUST be prepared to assess, diagnose, and manage their patients’ pain conditions. Go here to see what PAINWeek faculty and your attending colleagues have to say.
Las Vegas offers something for everyone—from exquisite dining to world-class entertainment. Many airlines serve Las Vegas, offering many nonstop flights at reasonable cost. PAINWeek has also negotiated unbeatable rates for luxurious hotel rooms at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, a unique resort located directly on the Las Vegas Strip. PAINWeek has specifically chosen this venue both for its creature comforts and for the conduciveness to learning offered by its conference facilities.
PAINWeek offers many different types of programming and sessions, over 120 hours of CE/CME credit. You cannot physically attend every session. PAINWeek envisions that you will plan your personal curriculum to best suit your individual practice and educational needs. If there are sessions being presented concurrently that you would like to attend, don’t fret. PAINWeek will be recording most CE/CME sessions and these will be available after the conference for you to view. Please note that it is highly unlikely that commercially supported PDM sessions and symposia will be recorded.
PAINWeek is also offering a “first-timers orientation session” (not for CE/CME credit) on Monday evening, September 3rd. You’ll get an overview and a better understanding of everything PAINWeek has to offer so that you’ll be able to make the best use of your time. You will receive details regarding this session after you have registered.
A PDM program can be a product theatre, disease awareness program, or medical information program. They are sometimes referred to as promotional programs. These are typically provided by our industry partners to complement the PAINWeek curriculum and give you cutting edge information on the newest therapies and medical devices. PDM programs do not offer CE/CME credit.
Satellite events refer to a variety of events that are ancillary to the PAINWeek core curriculum. These may include PDM programs (see above) or satellite symposia that are commercially supported.
PDM programs do not offer CE/CME credit.
Satellite symposia, or symposia for short, will offer CE/CME credits that are handled separately from PAINWeek credits. You will receive a separate certificate for attending symposia.
Cancellations received online or in writing 30 or more days before the start of PAINWeek will be refunded, less a $100 administrative fee. No refund will be made less than 30 days prior to the start of PAINWeek; however, the registration fee less a $100 administrative fee can be applied to another PAINWeek event. In the event of PAINWeek cancellation, our liability is limited to refund of the registration fee only. We reserve the right to alter this program without advance notice.
If securing employer support for attendance is a concern, we’ve prepared a section on our website with helpful tips. Click here.
If you’re in private practice, be assured that PAINWeek is designed to make the best possible use of your valuable time. The schedule makes use of weekend time to minimize your work week time away. Each slot on the agenda offers several course choices, enabling you to fully customize your participation to your own needs. You don’t need to sit through something that does't meet your practice and educational needs.
Our focus at PAINWeek is on multimodal pain therapy, and we offer instruction in many pain management techniques. Opioid therapy is only one of many topics covered at PAINWeek. Refer to our conference schedule for a summary of the many topics of instruction that will be addressed.
PAINWeek is the best value in certified continuing pain education! As the largest US pain conference, we can keep our registration fees low, and you realize even greater savings if you take advantage of our advance registration and group registration discounts. We have negotiated discount rates at our venue that are among the lowest hotel room rates available on the Las Vegas strip.
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Yes, your registration may be transferred to any other individual at any time for an administrative fee of $25. Please call us at (877) 724–6933. You may also transfer your registration to the next year’s conference.
We can offer you the same conference rate of $165 per night (plus the optional $30 resort fee) starting 3 days before the conference (September 1) and 3 days after (September 11).
The PAINWeek conference venue is different from others in Las Vegas: you can access the meeting spaces and dining options (even the gym and spa) directly from your room, without going through the casino.* No need to experience “Las Vegas” if you choose not to!
*West Tower only
Yes, you can reach out to the hotel at any time after booking to change your reservation. You can always cancel with no penalties up to August 1.
The PAINWeek block rate at The Cosmopolitan ($165/night + $30 optional resort fee) is available ONLY after registering for the PAINWeek conference. Go to painweek.org/register to complete your registration. Upon registering, you will receive a link to book your hotel room. There will also be a phone number and group code if you prefer to call the hotel to book your room. Please note: the PAINWeek room block opens in June. Registrations made before June will receive a separate email with instructions on how to book a room.
The resort fee is an optional bundled service package that includes:
- High speed Internet access (in your guestroom as well as public space)
- Unlimited local, toll-free, and domestic long distance telephone calls (all 50 states)
- 24-hour fitness center access (centers in the Eastside and West End Towers)
- Tennis court access (based on availability)
The Cosmopolitan charges a deposit amount equal to one night’s stay and tax to your credit card to secure the room reservation. The PAINWeek discount housing rate for standard rooms is $165, plus 12% Nevada sales tax brings the total billed to $185.
The most efficient way to get from Las Vegas McCarran International Airport is via a 15-minute taxi ride. The Cosmopolitan is 5 miles from the airport and will cost approximately $18, not including gratuity. For more information, please click here.
Yes! Attendance at PAINWeek meets the specific pain education requirements of these states:
California: One-time requirement of 12 CME credits in pain management and treatment of terminally ill and dying patients must be finished before the second license renewal date or within four years, whichever occurs first.
Iowa: Every 5 years, one needs 2 CME hours each in chronic pain management and in end-of-life care.
Massachusetts: Renewing licensees who prescribe controlled substances are required to obtain 3 credits in pain management training.
Nevada: Two hours of MD ethics is required every two years, for which one may choose to complete 2 hours in medical ethics or substitute with pain management and/or addiction care CME for this requirement.
New Mexico: Five pain management credits are required every three years.
Ohio: Any physician operating a pain management clinic must complete at least 20 hours of Category 1 CME in pain medicine every two years.
Oregon: Six credits of pain management or end-of-life care must be completed within 12 months of receiving the initial license. An additional 1 hour pain management provided by the pain management commission of DHS is required.
Tennessee: Specialized CME in pain management is required for providers of intractable pain management.
Texas: Those who practice in pain management clinics must annually acquire 10 pain management credits.
Vermont: Every 2 years, one-hour hospice, palliative care and/or pain management is required.
West Virginia: One-time requirement for 3 CME credits in Board-approved pain management prescribing and drug diversion during each renewal cycle.
To receive credit, you must complete the online conference evaluation form and the request for credit form. You will receive an email from PAINWeek shortly after the conference ends with instructions on how to complete the evaluation and request for credit forms.
Hint: keep some notes and key thoughts about each session and faculty speaker so you can refer to them later.
NOTE: Special procedures apply to pharmacy learners to request and receive credit.
Pharmacy learners will not be eligible to receive partial credit. Individual courses must be attended in their entirety in order to be eligible to receive credit for those 1.0 or 2.0 credit hour sessions.
In order to receive credit, pharmacist participants must attend an entire course and complete the online credit application and evaluation form. An NABP number and date of birth will be required to complete these forms and earn credit. Please bring this information with you to the conference for use while completing your evaluations.
Notification of successful completion of courses will be communicated by Global Education Group to the ACPE CPE Monitor system, where all pharmacy learners’ credits are stored. Learner errors providing NABP numbers and/or DOB will result in unsuccessful reporting of credits to the CPE Monitor system. These credits will not be recorded. Ensuring records are accurate and complete will be the responsibility of the individual learner.
For more information regarding CPE Monitor and issuance of ACPE credit, please click here.
No, you will not receive CE/CME credit for attending a PDM program. You may still be requested to complete an evaluation form, but you will not receive a credit certificate. If you are unsure whether a session is certified for credit, please refer to the program book, which you will receive at PAINWeek, or ask a staff member. There will be prominent signage on site indicating sessions not certified for credit.
Yes, PAINWeek is approved for pharmacology credit. Please refer to the m.painweek.org. After each session name, you will see “AANP Rx Hours” and the number of contact hours it has been approved for, if any.