2024 USASP Pre-Conference Workshops
Sunday, April 14th, 2024
The Westin Seattle

8:00 am - 3:30 pm Updated Essentials of Primary Care Pain Management
8:00 am - 12:00 pm Optimizing Mentorship to Ensure a Bright Future for Pain Research

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Updated Essentials of Primary Care Pain Management

Sunday, April 14 from 8:00- 3:30 pm
The Seattle Westin (in-person attendance only)
Coffee will be provided. Lunch is on your own.

Organizers: Brett Stacey, MD (University of Washington) and Scott Fishman MD (University of California, Davis)

Updated Essentials of Primary Care Pain Management is a one-day course offered for physicians, NP/PAs, and other clinicians interested in education by expert faculty regarding the management of patients with complex pain conditions. The course will target pressing topics related to pain management with didactic presentations and in-person discussion and demonstration sessions. The learner objectives include understanding effective evaluation and diagnosis of the patient in pain as well as implementation of evidence-based treatment options for pain. This program will offer CMEs for eligible participants.

Joint Accreditation Statement 

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and UC DavisHealthCenter for Advancing Pain Relief.  Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team. Amedco Joint Accreditation #4008163.

 Physicians (ACCME) Credit Designation 

Amedco LLC designates this enduring material for a maximum of 6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.   

Participants will sign-in when they arrive and will be given the weblink and instructions to request their CMEs after the workshop is over.

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Regular Registration: $100
Trainee & Fellow Registration: FREE

On-site registration will be available. 

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Optimizing Mentorship to Ensure a Bright Future for Pain Research

Sunday, April 14, from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Seattle Westin (in-person attendance only)
Coffee will be provided. 

Organizers: Dr. Roger Fillingim (University of Florida) and Dr. Tonya Palermo (Seattle Children’s)

Mentorship is critical to the success, persistence, and satisfaction of trainees and early career investigators. In pain
research specifically, workforce and lack of pipeline have been raised as limiting factors, particularly in clinical pain research. Indeed, abundant evidence demonstrates multiple benefits of effective mentorship for enhancing career outcomes, including increased productivity, retention in science, and career satisfaction. Also, beneficiaries of effective mentorship are more likely to become mentors themselves. Despite these benefits, most individuals engaged in mentorship in pain research have not received formal training in best mentoring practices. In recent years, multiple studies have demonstrated that effective mentors possess specific skills and characteristics. Importantly, these mentorship skills can be enhanced through evidence-based training. Adapting tools from validated mentorship development curricula, this interactive half-day workshop will provide experiential training designed to optimize the practice of mentorship with highlights on the issues encountered in pain research mentorship. The intended audience includes early and mid-career faculty who are actively engaged in mentoring (or want to be) and are interested in optimizing their mentoring relationships. The co-facilitators have extensive experience in mentorship and mentor development across the spectrum of training from undergraduate students to early career faculty in pain science. The workshop will apply a facilitative learning process to promote interaction, discussion, and self-reflection. Attendees will leave with a set of tools and strategies they can implement to enhance their mentorship with pain research mentees. 

We will address the following topics. Each topic will include active learning experiences, including polls, case scenarios, role plays, etc.

  1. 1. Introduction to the science of mentorship
    1. a. Definition of mentorship
    2. b. Characteristics and skills of effective mentors
    3. c. Building effective mentoring relationships
  2. 2. Communication and alignment of expectations
    1. Navigating divergent communication styles.
    2. Having difficult conversations.
    3. Strategies for aligning expectations.
  3. 3. Mentoring across diversity
    1. Mentoring as an inclusion strategy
    2. Culturally responsive mentorship
  4. 4. Promoting well-being and resiliency
    1. Enhancing well-being and resiliency among mentors and mentees.
    2. Addressing challenges to well-being and resiliency.
    3. Proactive strategies for promoting well-being and resiliency.

The intended audience includes early and mid-career faculty who are actively engaged in mentoring (or want to be) and are interested in optimizing their mentoring relationships. Post-workshop, we will share course materials electronically with all attendees.

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Space is limited. 

Registration Fee: $100

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