Why should primary care clinicians learn more about pain management?
Millions of Americans suffer from persistent chronic pain. But the escalating crisis of prescription medication abuse and diversion has affected every aspect of pain management practice. Many clinicians also admit that their training and education did not prepare them well for pain management. We believe 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.
Who should attend PAINWeekEnd Regional Conferences?
If you are a primary care clinician, you are a frontline practitioner, and you will likely benefit from attend a PAINWeekEnd Conference. This includes primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, psychologists, and those in other medical specialties.
How do I register for a PAINWeekEnd conference?
Determine which city you would like to attend, and click here to register.
What information will I need to provide in order to register?
Aside from the basic information, we will need a unique email address for each registrant. If you are a prescriber, we ask that you also provide your National Provider Identifier (NPI) number.
How will I request/receive my CME/CE credit?
To receive credit, you must complete the online course evaluation form that will be emailed to you 3 to 5 days after the conference. After you complete the evaluation, your CME certificate will be available for download. Please note, you'll want to ensure you've clicked the check box in front of each session you attended so that you receive the correct number of credits.
Which type of professional continuing medical education credits do you offer?
PAINWeekEnd courses are certified for physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, nursing, and pharmacy credits. To learn more about individual accreditation please click here.
I am a pharmacist. How will I receive my credit?
Pharmacy learners will not receive a credit certificate. However, it is still critical that you complete your online evaluation within 30 days of receiving it. Credit will then be uploaded to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) CPE Monitor Service. During registration, please remember to provide your NABP eProfile ID number and date of birth.
I am an advance practice nurse / nurse practitioner about to recertify with my board. Does PAINWeekEnd offer pharmacology hours?
Many PAINWeekEnd courses do offer pharmacology credit hours. To view available credit on our website, select the city, scroll to the daily agenda, then click on the course name.
I attended a PAINWeekEnd Conference, but never received a certificate. How do I obtain my credit?
In order to receive credit, attendees must complete the online evaluation. A link was emailed to you following the conference, but depending on your email server it may have gone into junk, spam, or clutter folders. Gmail users, please check your promotions folder on a desktop computer. If you are still unable to locate this email, please contact us at email@example.com.
I am interested in attending, but unable to participate in the entire conference. Will I still receive credit?
While we encourage you to attend the entire PAINWeekEnd conference to get the most out of the program, we do understand there might be scheduling conflicts. Participants will receive credit for all courses that they fully attended. For example, if you were only able to attend 4 out of the 6 courses, you will receive 4 credit hours.
Please note, we are unable to offer partial credit for attending a course. For example, if you were only able to attend 30 minutes of a 1-hour course, you will not be able to claim 0.5 credit hours.
I notice on your schedule you have an activity called a Product, Disease Awareness, Medical Information program? Can you explain what that is?
These activities are typically provided by our industry partners to complement the PAINWeekEnd curriculum and give you cutting edge information on the newest therapies and medical devices. You may hear our staff abbreviate it as a PDM program or sometimes as a promotional program. PDM programs do not offer CME/CE credit.
Do I receive CME/CE credits for attending a PDM program?
No, you will not receive CME/CE 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 course is certified for credit, please refer to the program book or ask an onsite staff member.
Do I need to preregister for a PDM programs?
As a registered PAINWeekEnd conference attendee, you are automatically preregistered for all PDM programs. You will be asked to scan your badge as you enter the program. Please note that nonhealthcare providers are generally not allowed admittance to these promotional programs.
Does the PAINWeekEnd Conference provide meals?
Meals are not included in your registration; however, you are invited to attend, at no charge, industry supported programs that typically offer breakfast, lunch, or refreshments. Please note nonhealthcare providers are generally not allowed admittance to these meals.
Do you provide meals for those with dietary restrictions?
During the online registration process you will have the option of indicating a vegetarian meal option. Please note that if you are registering less than 72 hours prior to a conference, we may be unable to provide this option.
Unfortunately, we are not able to provide other alternative meal options. If you have any allergies, please inform the banquet staff immediately.
I will be attending a PAINWeekEnd Conference, but will need to stay overnight. Do you offer any special room rates?
Since most attendees do not need a hotel room, we do not have the leverage to negotiate for a discount rate. Please contact the hotels directly. (Since we have a small block of rooms for our speakers and staff, it is important you do not ask for rooms in the PAINWeek block; just make a normal reservation.) You will find the conference venue at the top of the agenda on our website.
What should I bring with me to a PAINWeekEnd?
Bring an open mind ready to learn! We also recommend bringing a sweater or light coat as there are temperature fluctuations in the meeting space during the day. You are welcome to bring laptops and tablets. Please note, however, that we are unable to provide WiFi internet. Electrical outlets are also not readily available so be sure to remember to charge up your devices or bring extra batteries. Pens and notepads will be provided.
May I bring a friend or family member?
Due to the professional nature of the conference, friends and family members who are not medical professionals will not be permitted to attend. If your friend or family member is a medical professional, please have them register prior to the conference.
Do you validate parking?
We do not validate parking. Most locations charge $10-$20 a day for parking. You will receive a confirmation email with more details about parking a few days prior to the conference.
Can you tell me how do I attend if I have a disability?
Please contact Patrick Kelly, (973) 415-5109, at least 24 hours prior to the live event. Event staff will be glad to assist you.
Other Learning Activities
There isn't a PAINWeekEnd Conference close to me. Will there be additional offerings?
Yes, we are continually adding cities nationwide. If you would like to suggest a city for a PAINWeekEnd conference, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome all of your suggestions and input.
The 6 (or 12) hours of CME/CE offered are great, but I'm looking for more education. What other educational opportunities do you offer?
The PAINWeek® National Conference held each September in Las Vegas offers 100+ hours of cutting-edge pain management education. Following each PAINWeekEnd, all participants will be emailed a discount code for the national conference.
We also encourage you to visit our website www.painweek.org for breaking news, articles, interviews with thought leaders, podcasts, and more. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and watch us on YouTube.
You may also wish to subscribe to our quarterly PAINWeek Journal. Receive your free issues by mail by signing up here.
Do you have any online CME/CE activities?
We offer an online content package of audio recordings synced to PowerPoint of nearly all the scientific courses from the PAINWeek National Conference. During your PAINWeekEnd registration you will be asked whether you want to add on full access to PAINWeek On Demand for only $299. Watch 130 hours of sessions from the PAINWeek 2018 September meeting anytime, anywhere. Features include:
Presentations certified for continuing CME/CE credit*
Online access to view 24/7 (available in September)
USB drive for convenient offline viewing
Advanced Search: find any word on any slide
Viewable on iPad® and most mobile devices
Downloadable PDFs of slides and MP3 audio files
*PAINWeek On Demand CME is currently only certified to provide CME credit to physicians; however, the content is available to all practitioner types. Content will be available in September, after the PAINWeek National Conference.
How do I apply to exhibit at a PAINWeekEnd?
PAINWeekEnd conferences are purposely designed to be smaller in scale compared to our national conference, and we are limited by the number of exhibit tables available. If you represent a medical practice, local health society, or professional organization and are interested in exhibiting, please contact us at email@example.com.
I am interested in speaking at a PAINWeekEnd. How do I get involved?
We are always looking for engaging new speakers. Typically, most PAINWeekEnd speakers are recruited from our PAINWeek National Conference. To be considered, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, degree(s), profession, current employer or current educational affiliation, suggested course title, a 200 word or less course description, and 3 to 5 learning objectives. Please also attach a curriculum vitae (CV) and include names of other conferences at which you've spoken.
Please note that most speaking opportunities for the current year have already been assigned so the next available slot might not be until the following year.
Due to unforeseen circumstances I'm unable to attend PAINWeekEnd. What is your cancellation policy?
Cancellations received online or in writing 14 or more days before the start of the meeting will be refunded, less a $50 service charge per attendee. No refund will be made less than 14 days prior to the start of the meeting. You may transfer your PAINWeekEnd registration to a colleague, a different PAINWeekEnd, or a future meeting until 7 days prior to the start of the meeting with the payment of a $50 service charge.
PAINWeekEndD understands that extreme weather conditions, employment issues, and family and personal issues arise that may prevent you from attending PAINWeekEnd. In these cases, please contact us prior to start of the conference for refund consideration. We regret we cannot accommodate any requests for refunds after the conference has started. We encourage you to procure travel insurance to cover any travel costs incurred in the event that you need to cancel attendance.