Participant Experience


Past participants report that this program has inspired and improved their clinical practice and outcomes. Here are some comments from recent attendees:

“Evaluating and Treating Pain is an excellent course. I am now able to treat pain and do so with more confidence in the inpatient setting.”

After taking this course, I am better able to discuss alternative approaches (i.e. surgical vs SCSs vs psychologist/CBT) to lower back pain with patients and can refer them appropriately.”

“I have more working knowledge about the evidence surrounding different treatment modalities for chronic pain, as well as how to monitor treatment adherence. I've also become aware of how my attitudes and practice patterns directly affect the likely prognosis of my patients.”

“This course has led to changes in my pain treatment of NICU patients.”

“I learned what treatment modalities’ effects are real versus anecdotal. The course broadened my armamentarium when dealing with pain to include more behavioral and even alternative techniques. I am also more confident dealing with difficult to manage issues (e.g., pelvic pain) and options for treatment.”

“I have reevaluated all of my patients on long-term opiates for chronic pain, and have instituted a weaning protocol.”

“Evaluating and Treating Pain is an excellent presentation of very practical and very helpful material.”

“I am making good use of the great techniques presented [in this program] to assist in diffusing the angry patient and avoiding confrontations.”

“I have integrated a lot of material into my clinical practice, particularly around headache, fibromyalgia, CRPS.”

“I have a much better understanding of neuropathic pain and can better differentiate the type of pain my patients have and treat them with the more appropriate pharmacy regimen. I take care of a fair number of post-op patients in a rehab setting and have a better understanding of post-op pain and can now deescalate a narcotic regimen in a timely way.”

“I have changed to a multimodal approach to pain treatment using at least two+ meds. I also now use regional blocks more & local infiltration.”

“As a result of this course, I have introduced many things presented in the lectures into my practice, such as use of NSAIDs, turmeric, cognitive therapy, BT, acupuncture, and alternative medicine, among others.”

“This week was so comprehensive. Fabulous job, all!”

“I now recognize chronic pain conditions and address them as an interdisciplinary team using conservative measures such as mind/body meditation, yoga, chiropractic, a home exercise program, and proper nutrition, and supplementation in the use of medication and Interventional techniques when acute or pain symptoms are intolerable and/or affecting functional level.”

“Some of the many ways I have updated my practice after this course: I have created a standard EMR template for my patients on chronic opioids that lists the Audit-c and other risk assessment tools, date of last UDS, onset of current opioid dose, last taper attempt, and other meds/modalities tried before using opioid therapy; I utilize formal risk assessment tools more frequently to reduce the subjectivity in my evaluations; I have changed my goal dose range of gabapentin before I declare treatment failure.”

“I have begun monthly pain clinic discussions with my patients, explaining the use of opioids and cognitive therapies to treat pain.”

“The evidence presented in this course has helped me educate researchers from insurance companies on better practices for reimbursement to achieve individual and better outcomes.”

“The conference experience was excellent. I appreciate the variety of different specialties that attended. It was refreshing and such an uncompetitive environment. The lecturers were also extremely friendly and willing to help. I absolutely loved it.”

“My practice has benefited from the updates on opioids and the emergence of new treatment options.”

“As the director of my organization's chronic pain services program, I'll be incorporating numerous points from the week into our care program.”

“I will be placing greater emphasis on nonpharmacological interventions in managing patients with chronic pain. From this course, I have learned from the evidence how much this improves outcomes. I have also gained a deeper understanding of the interaction of psychosocial issues with patients suffering from chronic pain and this will help me better understand the challenges and stresses they face. The management of difficult patients was an invaluable lesson on how to deal with the encounters that are challenging to me.”

“This is my second time taking course and found there were a lot of new updates compared to three years ago.”

“The guidance for tapering pain meds was quite helpful.”

“This education helped me improve evaluation of patients who complain of pain, my management of patients with chronic pain, and my approach to psychiatric issues including addiction.”

“I advanced my understanding of US guided injections and now execute them more effectively.”

“I gained a more balanced pain perspective with regard to multidisciplinary management.”

I learned a great deal in this course about urine drug testing and validation, and how to start testing some patients for nonprescription opioids.”

“I’m better able to assess pelvic dysfunction and where to refer for PT.”

“This course helps in our continued efforts to minimize reliance on opioid regimens solely and to utilize neuropathics, anti-inflammatories and antispasmodics and the preferred first-line regimen with consideration of opioids if absolutely necessary.”

“The content on addiction/opioid use disorder helps enhance my skills in identifying and providing better treatment options.”

“I appreciated the tips for diagnosing and treating headaches.”

“I learned some new approaches to back pain, joint complaints as well, and US guided joint injections.”

“This course changed the way I evaluate patients with myoarticular pain.”

“Thank you for a wonderful experience. This is my second year in a row and the information presented offered many new pearls, which I am using in my practice.”