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The 2nd Annual Pain Symposium:
Diagnosis and Treatment of Common Pain Syndromes -
What Every Primary Care PrACTITIONER Should Know (18MN02)

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CME/CE Certified Activity
Saturday, June 3, 2017
8:00am – 3:45 pm



The Conference Center at Montclair State University
University Hall, 1 Normal Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07043

Parking is available on campus in the Red Hawk Deck Parking Garage.  Participants will receive additional information in their confirmation materials. For more information visit: https://www.montclair.edu/conferencecenter/location.html


Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care


Pain is a significant public health problem that costs society at least $560-$635 billion annually (an amount equal to about $2,000 for everyone living in the U.S.).  According to recent Center for Disease Control and Prevention and National Center for Health Statistics data, U.S. adults report multiple causes for their pain including: severe headache or migraine (16.1%), low back pain (28.1%), neck pain (15.1%), knee pain (19.5%), shoulder pain (9.0%), finger pain (7.6%), and hip pain (7.1%). In addition, as the number of pain patients increases, overdose deaths involving opioid pain relievers have increased and now exceed deaths involving heroin and cocaine combined. 

A recent study showed that approximately 40% of the patients seen in the primary care setting involve chronic pain complaints.  As front line providers, primary care practitioners may choose to treat these patients themselves or become the gatekeepers in managing their care by ordering diagnostic tests or directing them to specialty consults. However, many healthcare providers do not feel that they have adequate training in the diagnosis, assessment, and management of these patients.  In addition, new legislation regarding medical marijuana use and opioid prescribing has become confusing topics for healthcare providers and how it may impact their practice.
The purpose of this annual meeting is to provide learners with the latest science and evidence based approaches to the management of common pain problems and syndromes.  Pain assessment and treatment modalities in the primary care setting will be highlighted.  Furthermore, a special lecture will emphasize medical marijuana practice and associated legal issues. Learners should leave this meeting with real life and practical knowledge in common pain syndromes that they can immediately apply to their daily practice

View the full conference agenda.


This activity is designed for internists, family and general practitioners, geriatricians, fellows, residents, advanced practice nurses, nurses, physician assistants, and other allied healthcare professionals working in a primary care practice setting.


Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Discuss the incidence and prevalence of pain in the primary care practice
  • Cite current evidence-based guidelines of the management of pain
  • Outline pain assessment tools and techniques to measure severity and quality of pain
  • Assess currently available pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies to treat pain
  • Recognize when it is appropriate to consult and/or coordinate care of complex cases with pain specialists
  • Review the evidence regarding marijuana use for managing pain
  • Recognize the risk and benefits of the concomitant use of marijuana and opioids in patients with chronic pain



Vanny Le, MD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Pain Fellowship Program Director, Division of Regional Anesthesia and Acute Pain Medicine, Division of Chronic Pain Medicine, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School


Eugenio Capitle, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Allergy and Immunologic Diseases

Christian Estrada, MD
Fellow in Pain Management, Division of Pain Management, Department of Anesthesiology

Balazs Galdi, MD
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics, Director of Shoulder, Elbow and Knee Sports Medicine, Chief of Sports Medicine

Colin Harris, MD
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics, Division of Spine Surgery

Andrew G. Kaufman, MD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Director of Pain Management

Anant Parikh, MD
Fellow in Pain Management, Division of Pain Management, Department of Anesthesiology

Todd Stitik, MD
Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Director of Occupational/Musculoskeletal Medicine, Director of Musculoskeletal/Pain Management Fellowship

Khalid Tabbarah, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology

All individuals who affect the content of continuing education activities are required to disclose to the audience any real or apparent conflict of interest related to the activity. The activity faculty are further required to disclose discussion of off-label/ investigational uses in their presentations. These disclosures will be made to the audience at the time of the activity.


In order to meet the learning objectives and receive continuing education credit for this activity, participants are required to check in at the registration desk, attend the activity, and complete the online evaluation form at the conclusion of the activity. A letter certifying attendance and credit verification will be emailed to participants upon completion of the online evaluation survey.


In support of improving patient care, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences 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.

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 5.5 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

This activity is awarded 5.5 contact hours. (60 minute CH)  Nurses should only claim those contact hours actually spent participating in the activity.

Physician Assistants
AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. PAs may receive a maximum of 5.5 Category 1 credits for completing this activity.

  Through 5/30/2017 After 5/30/2017
(Payable On-site**)
Physician $109 $129
Other Healthcare Professional $ 89 $109
RBHS Faculty/Staff $ 69 $ 89
Resident/Fellow* $ 39 $ 59
RBHS Resident/Fellow* Complimentary $ 39

*Registration must be accompanied by program director’s letter confirming resident/fellow status. Please fax the letter to 973-972-3371.

Registrants may be asked to furnish documentation confirming their employment status in order to be eligible for a reduced rate. If it is determined that a registrant does not meet the eligibility criteria, the registrant will be required to pay the necessary tuition fee.

Registration fee includes continental breakfast, refreshment break, lunch, continuing education credits, and course material. 

Registration can only be accepted through our secure on-line website through May 30, 2017. Payment may be made with MasterCard or Visa cards.  American Express is not accepted. Pre-registration is recommended. 

PLEASE NOTE: Online registration will close on May 30, 2017 or earlier if seating capacity is reached.

**Onsite registration will be accommodated on a space-available basis.


For additional information, questions, concerns, or if you require special arrangements to attend this activity, please contact CCOE by telephone at 973-972-4267 / 885-482-1834 or by email at ccoereg@ca.rutgers.edu


In an effort to provide the most complete materials to attendees and conserve resources, PDF versions of the lecture slides will be made available on-line to registered attendees. In addition, internet access will be available during the day of the activity so we encourage attendees to bring a laptop or tablet. Additional information will be provided in future confirmation communications.


Once registered, you will receive a confirmation letter and additional information to assist you with your plans to participate in the activity.

A full refund, less a $25 cancellation fee, will be granted if notice is received up to the date of the program. Refunds cannot be given for “no shows” or cancellations received once the program has started. Cancellations must be done online through the registration portal.

Click here to go to the registration portal. Click "Log in" and enter your user name (email address) and password. Select "Current Schedule" on the top menu, and select “Cancel Registration.”

Rutgers reserves the right to modify the program content, faculty, and program activities, and reserves the right to cancel the program if necessary. If the activity is cancelled, liability is limited to the registration fee.

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