Course Overview



This course will be held again on
June 25-29, 2018.

Information contained in this site is for the 2017 program.
Information for the 2018 program coming soon.


Updates and Practice Recommendations to

Optimize the Assessment and Treatment of Pain

Headache, Fibromyalgia, Neuropathic, Myofascial, Cancer, Abdominal, Pelvic, Musculoskeletal, Spinal Pain

This program provides a comprehensive review of the state of the art in pain medicine. Updates and practice recommendations are provided by world-renowned experts and Harvard Medical School’s leading clinical faculty in pain medicine, anesthesiology, neurology, psychiatry and psychology, addiction medicine, internal medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, orthopedic surgery, interventional radiology, and neurosurgery.

The evidence-based recommendations provided in this program cover:

  • Medications
  • Injection Therapies
  • Implantables
  • Acupuncture
  • Chiropractic
  • Meditation
  • Surgery
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Interventional Techniques
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Evaluating and Treating Pain is one of the first and most widely respected courses on pain management, offered and updated annually since 1985. Colleagues who participate in the course consistently report that the knowledge and skills they acquire from this update change their practice and drive better outcomes for patients.


Highlights of the 2017 program include:

  • Advances in pharmacologic treatments, injection therapies, and implanted devices
  • Prescribing opioids and medical marijuana: patient selection, dosing, legal guidance
  • Guidance for combining treatment options to assure adequate pain control
  • Techniques to improve examination and evaluation of the patient in pain: neurologic, musculoskeletal, psychosocial
  • Advances in complementary and alternative approaches to pain medicine
  • Risk stratification, screening, and addiction psychopharmacology
  • Interventional techniques for cancer patients
  • When and how to utilize acupuncture and mind/body interventions  
  • Measuring outcomes
  • Treating back pain: pathophysiology, imaging, interventional techniques, surgical management
  • Alternatives to opioid therapy


  • Disabled or deceiving? Best practices for disability evaluations
  • Resolving difficult encounters with patients
  • The best methods to deal with patients when discontinuing opioids

Monday - Thursday evenings, 6:00 - 9:15 pm (Dinner included)

Acupuncture Workshop - Monday evening, June 26
Lectures, hands-on demonstrations, and practice 

In this workshop, participants learn how to leverage acupuncture to optimize pain control. You will learn how to:

  • Incorporate acupuncture as a treatment modality
  • Enhance patients’ physical and psychological well-being
  • Integrate modern medical science and acupuncture diagnostics and therapeutics to improve patient care and patient satisfaction

Botox and Nerve Blocks for Craniofacial Pain - Tuesday evening, June 27
Lectures, hands-on demonstrations, and practice

This workshop will guide you in how to perform these pain relief techniques specifically to alleviate craniofacial pain. You will learn:

  • The pharmacology of Botox
  • The advantages and side effects of Botox
  • How to use Botox to treat headache facial pain disorders
  • How to use other cranial peripheral nerve blocks for pain relief

Meditation Workshop - Wednesday evening, June 28
Lectures, guided demonstrations, and practice

This workshop offers clinicians a practical, engaging education experience, where you can learn about:

  • Meditation as a mind/body intervention for pain management
  • The biological and psychological mechanisms through which meditation relieves chronic pain
  • When, where and how meditation is being incorporated into mainstream practice
  • The form of meditation known as Relaxation Response, and get a template for teaching this technique to your patients
  • Methods of monitoring and assessing patients’ progress

Ultrasound Workshop - Thursday evening, June 29
Lectures, hands-on demonstrations, and practice on live models for ultrasound guided injections and procedures

This workshop demonstrates how to use ultrasound to improve your performance of common nerve blocks for both postoperative pain and chronic pain:

  • Upper extremity joint injections and blocks
  • Lower extremity joint injections and blocks
  • Anterior trunk blocks
  • Lumbar spine procedures
  • Cervical spine procedures