Emerging & Controversial Topics in Pain
Combating the Opioid Crisis: Evidence-Based Management of Chronic Pain

August 4-5, 2018
Westin Chicago Northwest
Chicago, Illinois

Agenda Registration

Workshop Includes:

  • Discussion of Combating the Opioid Crisis: Evidence-Based Management of Chronic Pain
  • Lectures, enhanced by slide presentations
  • Instructions by award winning faculty
  • Up to 16 CME credits

Possible Discussion Topics

  • How Opioids Work
  • Biologic Basis for Opiate Addiction
  • Understanding the Epidemic: How We Got Where We Are
  • Understanding the Epidemic: Where Might We be Going?
  • Panel Discussion: Pro vs. Con Debate on Prescribing
  • Opioids in the Acute Care Setting
  • Risk Factors for Abuse & Addiction
  • Opioid Addiction Treatment Options
  • Opioids for Chronic Non-Malignant Pain: Where’s the Evidence?
  • Neurocognitive & Endocrine Effects of Opioids
  • Opioids in Cancer
  • Adjuvant Treatment Options: Do They Even Work?
  • Statistically Speaking: How Do I Know if a New Drug is Worth Prescribing?
  • Panel Discussion: Difficult Cases Part 1 & 2
  • Physical Therapy as an Alternative to Opioid Therapy
  • Infusion Therapy as an Alternative to Opioid Therapy
  • Panel Discussion: Interventional Treatment Options as an Alternative to Opioid Therapy - Pro vs. Con


Ameet Nagpal, MD, MS, MEd
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology

Board Certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine
UT Health San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas

Bernard Abrams, MD
Clinical Professor of Neurology

UMKC School of Medicine
Author REMS Update 2017
Dannemiller, Inc. & Elsevier
Kansas City, Missouri

Kenneth Candidio, MD
Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology-UIC

Clinical Professor of Surgery-UIC
Chairman, Department of Anesthesiology
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Chicago, Illinois

David Cheng, MD
Assistant Professor

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, Illinois

David M. Dickerson, MD
Assistant Professor, Anesthesia & Pain Medicine

Director, Acute Pain Service
University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Dan Doleys, PhD

Pain and Rehabilitation Institute
Birmingham, Alabama

Maxim Eckmann, MD
Executive Medical Director of Pain Medicine

Director, Translational Research
Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology
UT Health San Antonio
San Antonio, Texas

Maunak Rana, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesia and Critical Care

Department of Anesthesia
University of Chicago Medicine Center for Advanced Care
Chicago, Illinois

Richard Tucker, Retired DEA
United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) (Ret)

Drug Education Consulting Group
Aurora, Illinois

Tony L. Yaksh, PhD

Departments of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology
University of California
San Diego, California
Anesthesia Research Lab
LaJolla, California

Emerging & Controversial Topics in Pain

August 4-5, 2018

Chicago, Illinois


Provided by: Dannemiller

Intended Audience

TThis educational activity is intended for pain medicine specialists and other allied health care professionals interested in emerging and controversial topics in the practice of pain and pain management.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program participants will be able to:

  • Explain the epidemiology of the "opioid epidemic."
  • Identify risk factors for opioid addiction and evidence-based screening paradigms.
  • List the level of evidence for the use of chronic opioids in the treatment of pain from a variety of chronic conditions (i.e. chronic low back pain, chronic neck pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatologic conditions, fibromyalgia, cancer pain, etc.).
  • Discuss treatment of opioid addiction.
  • Identify potential legal pitfalls that may arise when prescribing chronic opioid therapy.

Method of Participation

This program consists of lectures, enhanced by slide presentations, daily question and answer periods with ARS, and a digital syllabus. The course sessions will provide an update of current pain management practices. This program offers ample opportunity for the participants to interact one-on-one with the faculty throughout the conference


In support of improving patient care, Dannemiller 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.


Dannemiller designates this live activity for a maximum of 16.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Dannemiller designates this educational activity for 16.0 contact hours.

Nurse Practitioners

American Association of Nurse Practitioners™

Dannemiller is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education. Provider number: 090419. This program is accredited 16.0 contact hour(s) which includes 11.25 hours of pharmacology.

The Westin Chicago Northwest

400 Park Boulevard, Itasca, IL 60143

Direct Hotel Phone: (630) 773-4000; Reservations 1-888-627-8510 (request Dannemiller Group Rate)

Reservation Website: Make your reservation here!

Elegantly designed guest rooms offer a tranquil retreat with signature comforts including the Westin Heavenly® Bed and Heavenly® Bath.

  • Indoor heated pool
  • Sundeck
  • Relaxing whirlpool
  • WestinWORKOUT®Fitness Studio open 24 hours a day
  • Hamilton Lakes Athletic Club
  • Complimentary shuttle service within the surrounding area

Group Room Rates:Rate includes complimentary bottled water as well as FREE on-site, self parking; Please note that free standard internet access is provided in guest room for SPG members - and there is no cost to join.

Accommodations ___Single/Double Rate
King Suite___ $99
Room with 2 Double Beds ___ $99

Cut-off date for reserving your room at the special Dannemiller Group Rate is 4:00 PM CST July 10, 2018. Please reserve as soon as possible; accommodations are limited..

Room Rates will be available before and after the Event Dates of June 23 & 24, 2018 subject to room availability at the time of reservation.

Reserve Now to secure the discounted group rate!


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