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Popular PAINWeek Panel Discussion “The Medical Stasi” Returns to 2017 National Conference Along With Timely Pain and Chemical Dependency Course

PAINWeek®—the largest US pain conference for frontline practitioners—is celebrating its 11th annual meeting. Returning will be the Medical Stasi, this year discussing the “Perils and Pitfalls of Excessive Urine Drug Testing.” Presenter Douglas Gourlay, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FASAM, comments, “Last year, PAINWeek launched the first of Medical Stasi session: a panel discussion format that explored the impact of risk management on the therapeutic relationship between clinicians and their patients. During this session, key opinion leaders in the clinical, ethical, as well as legal domains debated core issues in risk management. This year, the Medical Stasi returns and will examine the clinical implications of urine drug testing in the management of chronic pain patients using opioid class drugs. We will cover medical necessity, patient centered testing, and conflict of interest resolution through a combination of both moderated Q&A and attendee Q&A.”

The session will be presented on Friday, September 8. This year’s participants will be Dr. Gourlay; Howard Heit, MD, FACP, FASAM; Gary Reisfeld, MD; and Jennifer Bolen, JD. Paul Christo, MD, MBA, will moderate.

Also on that day, the “Common Threads in Pain and Chemical Dependency” session will “explore the changing face of substance use disordered individuals who suffer from problematic use of legitimately prescribed medications for the treatment of their underlying chronic pain condition.” Dr. Gourlay continues, “Clearly, there is a prescription drug problem in America, but the face of drug addiction may be changing. Unlike the alcohol and drug dependent patients seeking treatment in the past, many of today’s patients are struggling with legitimate (if not always appropriate) medication use that is arguably ‘doing more to the patient than for the patient,’ and yet they continue to use. In this context, we offer presentations examining the concepts of problematic medication/drug use from the perspectives of outpatient as well as inpatient management of this often challenging and heterogenous group of pain patients. In particular, some of the challenges faced by both patients and their practitioners in accessing inpatient, residential substance use disorders will be explored. Following three brief presentations, the program will focus on attendee Q&A.” Session participants will include Drs. Heit and Gourlay and Mel Pohl, MD.

Convening at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas September 5-9, PAINWeek 2017 expects to welcome over 2300 physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals for a comprehensive program of course offerings, satellite events, and exhibits. Additionally, over 100 exhibitors will be participating at the Exhibit Hall, commencing with the traditional Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening.

Peruse the Schedule at a Glance, available at, for a comprehensive overview of tracks and courses. As at prior PAINWeek conferences, the 2017 curriculum will feature a wealth of course concentrations, including behavioral pain management, health coaching, interventional pain management, master classes, medical/legal, neurology, palliative care, pharmacotherapy, physical therapy, as well as special interest sessions such as Using Electronic Pain Assessment Programs and Innovative Technology in Pain Medicine: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going? And Born to Be Wild: Music Therapy Applications for Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.

The PAINWeek curriculum now encompasses over 120 CE/CME course hours, enabling attendees to earn up to 35.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

A registration discount is available until the end of this month. For more information or to register, visit

PAINWeek is provided by Global Education Group. About Global Education Group:
Global Education Group focuses on producing partnership-based CME for healthcare practitioners. The Global team works with a select group of medical education companies, associations, academic institutions and healthcare facilities to develop and accredit live healthcare conferences and workshops as well as online activities. With each partnership or joint providership, Global brings accreditation expertise, project management excellence and grant funding intelligence. Based in Littleton, Colo., Global has accreditation with commendation from the ACCME. Global also holds accreditations to offer continuing education for nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, dietitians, dentists and psychologists. Global is a division of Ultimate Medical Academy.


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