Registration Info

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

Conference Registration Fee

Practicing Healthcare Professionals: $129

Non-Clinicians / Medical Office Support Staff / Industry Participants

In order to maintain the clinical nature of the conference, nonclinicians—including, but not limited to, office managers, billing specialists, receptionists, and administrative staff; guests, spouses, friends, and/or family members—may not attend PAINWeekEnd.


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

Santa Clara Marriott
2700 Mission College Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA 95054

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Faculty and courses are subject to change. Please refer to the online agenda below for the most recent course descriptions.

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*not certified for credit

Saturday, April 13, 2019


    Coffee will be served.

  • Policies and Practicalities: Focusing on the Patient, Not the Opioid

    The current opioid epidemic has resulted in numerous professional and society guidelines focused on safe opioid prescribing. In addition, policymakers have focused on state legislation to limit the duration of opioid prescribing for acute pain. As a result of the increased scrutiny, prescribers have shifted their focus to limiting opioid prescribing for patients with chronic noncancer pain. Now, more than ever, evidence based behavioral treatment modalities are essential for fostering pain coping skills and providing support as part of optimal interdisciplinary pain management. This course will begin with a brief review of the opioid epidemic. Current opioid prescribing guidelines will be discussed with a particular emphasis on indications for opioid tapering. Strategies for the medical management of opioid tapering will be presented, along with a detailed discussion of evidence based psychotherapeutic interventions known to result in improvements in physical and emotional functioning while promoting opioid tapering.

    • UAN: 0530-0000-19-037-L01-P
    • AANP Rx Hours: 0.50

    Breakfast will be served.

    Sponsored by Canopy Growth.


  • Burnout! Recognize Symptoms, Enhance Resilience, and Improve Quality of Life

    Burnout, a phenomenon closely linked with depression and characterized by emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and reduced self-efficacy, has increased at a disproportionate rate in physicians compared to the general us working population. While interventions have been developed to address factors that contribute to burnout among practicing physicians, there is a strong need to focus on prevention for all clinicians involved in the delivery of healthcare services. This presentation will provide information about burnout statistics, factors that contribute to it, and ways it can be prevented. Pathways to developing a work-life balance and promoting self-wellness will also be reviewed, as will a novel resident and fellow wellness program developed at Stanford University.

    • UAN: 0530-0000-19-033-L01-P
    • AANP Rx Hours: 0.00
  • No Guts, No Glory: Mystery of the Microbiome

    In the age of modern medicine, it is easy to forget that we change our body chemistry every time we eat. The quality and composition of our food has the power to increase or decrease body wide inflammation and modulate pain. Our relationship to food and the way we eat is also cultural and influenced by stress and our environment. The research evidence is robust for dietary interventions and improved health. The changes needed are simple, but not necessarily easy. This lecture will focus on the role that modulation of the microbiome plays in pain, and ways to optimize the health of the individuals’ gut microbes for pain management and overall wellbeing.

    • UAN: 0530-0000-19-036-L01-P
    • AANP Rx Hours: 0.00



    Lunch will be served.

    Sponsored by SCILEX.

  • Minimizing Pills and Maximizing Skills: Achieving Successful Opioid Cessation in Chronic Pain

    Per the department of Health and Human Services, opioid related overdose deaths have increased almost 400% over the last 18 years. This shift has yielded heightened scrutiny of prescribing practices, and opioids have subsequently fallen out of favor as a first-line treatment for chronic pain. In this changing landscape of pain care, it is more important than ever for clinicians to identify treatment pathways that will maximize patient outcomes while minimizing medication load. This presentation will review current literature related to use of opioids and medical challenges associated with weaning individuals off this class of drug. The role of evidence based behavioral treatment modalities known to result in improvement in physical and emotional functioning will be discussed in detail, including their use in the context of opioid weaning. The terms dependence, abuse, tolerance, and addiction are often used interchangeably when discussing opioid medication; however, use of nomenclature in this fashion is erroneous. The differences between these words will be explained and the implications for treatment discussed. Clinical pathways that often lead to medication escalation will  be identified. The role of behavioral interventions for pain treatment and the literature supporting their use will be reviewed, including data from an interdisciplinary clinical program which provides patients such education while concurrently reducing opioid medication.

    • UAN: 0530-0000-19-035-L01-P
    • AANP Rx Hours: 0.10


    Refreshments will be served.

    Sponsored by Emergent BioSolutions.

  • Moving Beyond the Obvious: The Pivotal Role of Psychology in Pain Management

    The opioid epidemic has caused many patients, clinicians, and payers to seek nonpharmacologic options to assist with managing pain. Psychology has a well-established role in the treatment of pain conditions but familiarity with the range of pain related interventions varies widely among clinicians. The Psychology Toolbox seeks to fill the knowledge gap by briefly explaining the role of psychology in pain treatment and reviewing a range of evidence based interventions to assist this burgeoning clinical population. Although cognitive behavioral therapy based interventions are the most frequently studied and applied paradigms, a number of other treatments also have demonstrated efficacy in pain care, but are lesser known. Thus, cognitive behavioral therapy for pain will be discussed, followed by an overview of several other pain treatment modalities: biofeedback training, mindfulness based stress reduction, and acceptance and commitment therapy. At the conclusion of the session, participants should possess a greater awareness of the vast array of evidence based treatments that can be used to help this group of individuals.

    • UAN: 0530-0000-19-038-L01-P
    • AANP Rx Hours: 0.00
  • Medical & Recreational Cannabis: What’s a Clinician to Do?

    The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is now recognized as an important modulator of many physiological processes. Even more recently, an increasing body of evidence has been accumulated to suggest the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, neuroprotective, and antinociceptive roles of the ECS. In 1997, the Office of National Drug Control Policy commissioned the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to conduct a comprehensive study of the medical efficacy of cannabis therapeutics. The IOM concluded that cannabis is a safe and effective medicine, patients should have access, and the government should expand avenues for research and drug development. This course will discuss cannabis as it relates to effective pain management.

    • UAN: 0530-0000-19-034-L01-P
    • AANP Rx Hours: 0.60


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!