Registration Info

This is a 1-day meeting and will provide 6 CE/CME credits.

Conference Registration Fee

Practicing Healthcare Professionals: $129

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Non-Clinicians / Medical Office Support Staff / Industry Participants

Non-clinicians--including, but not limited to, office managers, billing specialists, receptionists, and administrative staff--may attend PAINWeekEnd on a space-available basis when accompanied by a clinician and will be put on a wait list. These non-clinicians must still pre-register. Participation in industry sponsored meal programs, however, is strictly limited to practicing licensed healthcare providers. Please make necessary arrangements for meals for office support staff. In order to maintain the professional nature of the conference, guests, spouses, friends, and/or family members who are not currently employed in the medical field may not attend PAINWeekEnd.



Unfortunately, we do not have discounts available on hotel rooms. Please contact the hotel directly should you require accommodations.

Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront
2 Washington Boulevard
Detroit, MI

Schedule (subject to change)

To view the schedule below, click on the + sign next to the day of the conference to expand the conference agenda. Click on the + signs within the agenda to view the course description, UAN number, and AANP pharmacology credits.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

  • Registration and Exhibits

    Coffee will be served.

  • Thug Drugs

    Throughout the course of history, mankind has experienced heightened effects from natural sources, and even delved into creating or modifying substances to the same accord. In our society we have a very “objective” classification of materials based on generally accepted medical use and propensity to become habit forming. However, as one can recall with ethyl alcohol (such as beer, wine, and hard liquor), a substance may never actually chemically change, yet can move across legal classifications. How does that happen? Well, join our discussion to learn how numerous illicit substances have similar, if not the same, mechanisms of action as legal prescription medications readily available today. One may even walk away with a few pointers from “street chemists” that are not easily available in any of our professional textbooks.

    • UAN: 0530-0000-18-395-L01-P
    • AANP Rx Hours: 0.8
  • Product, Disease Awareness, Medical Information Program*

    Breakfast will be served.

    Sponsored by Teva, Ashley Holdridge, DO, AQH

  • Break & Exhibits

  • Nonopioid Analgesics: Antidepressants, Adjuvant Therapies, and Muscle Relaxants

    Nonopioid analgesics are oftentimes considered first-line therapy for most chronic pain syndromes. A strong understanding of these agents' mechanism of action, pharmacokinetics, and toxicity profiles is paramount for today's pain practitioner. This course will provide an in-depth look at each of the agents within these drug classes, their potential role in pain management, and available data supporting their use. Additionally, clinically relevant monitoring pearls will be discussed.

    • UAN: 0530-0000-18-042-L01-P
    • AANP Rx Hours: 1.0
  • Central Sensitization and Ketamine Infusions

    By now, we should all be aware of the prevalence of chronic pain. Astonishingly though, few people are aware of the central pathophysiology of why people develop chronic pain. Central sensitization is one of the key processes in which chronic pain persists. In this presentation, we will explore central sensitization, what it is, what it means, and what can be done to reduce it. We will also discuss ketamine, which has emerged as one of the most useful compounds currently available to mitigate central sensitization. This staple lecture at PAINWeek is a must for anyone who wants to learn about central pain conditions. Dr. Joshi, the presenter of this lecture, helped create the current outpatient protocols and philosophies on outpatient ketamine infusions. Ketamine as a treatment is becoming more popular. This lecture will help you learn top level information from one of the leading experts with ketamine infusions and central sensitization in the country so you can help your patients and evaluate legitimate ketamine infusion centers.

    • UAN: 0530-0000-18-401-L01-P
    • AANP Rx Hours: 0.3
  • Faculty Q&A

  • Break & Exhibits

  • Product, Disease Awareness, Medical Information Program*

    Lunch will be served.

    Sponsored by Salix, Gerald Sacks, MD

  • Pain Management at Ground Zero

    West Virginia continues to lead the nation, and world, in drug overdoses, which makes one ponder what is being done at the “ground zero” of the opioid epidemic to save and improve lives. Where better than where it’s worst should some of the possible solutions come from? In 2016, an interprofessional panel of experts in pain management--ranging from medicine, osteopathy, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry; public health; the state PDMP; and representatives from insurance providers--was put together with aims of doing just that. The West Virginia Safe & Effective Management of Pain (SEMP) Guidelines ( were developed to facilitate the shift of the best practices in pain management becoming the new standard of care. The SEMP Guidelines include 2 main components including the risk reduction strategy and the clinical treatment algorithms. Pain management algorithms are not available anywhere else in the entire world! So we would like to welcome you to “the West Virginia Way” and see just how the “Wild and Wonderful” state of West Virginia is approaching the opioid epidemic from a true ground zero. After all, if it works where it’s worst, how could it not help your state or your practice?

    • UAN: 0530-0000-18-394-L01-P
    • AANP Rx Hours: 0.7
  • Break & Exhibits

  • Product, Disease Awareness, Medical Information Program*

    Refreshments will be served.

    Sponsored by kaleo, Anand Thakur, MD

  • Rational Polypharmacy

    Many painful conditions are not able to be treated by one therapy alone. The use of multiple modalities is generally more effective and the same is true with medications. Rational polypharmacy will provide the learner with details regarding the safe and effective use of different medications in different classes to manage certain painful conditions. Through rational polypharmacy the learner will be more prepared to use medications in combinations that can increase effectiveness and decrease potential side effects of each medication on its own.

    • UAN: 0530-0000-18-048-L01-P
    • AANP Rx Hours: 0.0
  • Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine for Chronic Pain

    Humans have been searching for the Fountain of Youth for millennia, from Ponce de León to Herodotus. Some people feel that regenerative medicine, a field that encompasses stem cells, growth factors, and other cell mediating proteins, is that magical fountain, while others, including some physicians, members of various regulatory committees, and some in the media, believe it is a fad. As with many emerging topics, there is curiosity and confusion. While the regenerative medicine field is relatively new to most people, there is a wide variety of treatments and technologies available. We will discuss the various stem cell and growth factors in regenerative medicine and some conditions, such as degenerative changes, osteoarthritis, tendinitis, and neurological conditions that have been treated with them.

    • UAN: 0530-0000-18-402-L01-P
    • AANP Rx Hours: 0.0


To accompany and enrich your experience at the PAINWeekEnd conference, be sure to attend one or more of the sponsored programs, which are scheduled during breakfast, lunch, and afternoon "Brain Food" time slots in the schedule. There is NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE to attend these program sessions!