\ SPPM Virtual 8th Annual Meeting MMG: Welcome

SPPM Virtual 8th Annual Meeting
April 23 - 25, 2021


Marisa Wiktor, DO
Program Chair

Welcome to the Society of Pediatric Pain Medicine (SPPM) 8th Annual Meeting and our inaugural virtual meeting! Please note the date change from late February to the new weekend dates of April 23-252021. In partnership with our parent Society, the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia (SPA), we are celebrating the accomplishments and contributions of women in pediatric pain medicine and have dedicated the 2021 meeting to the “Outstanding Women in Pediatric Pain.” The silver lining to offering a virtual meeting during the Covid-19 pandemic is the ability to include our colleagues from across the globe. This year, we look forward to welcoming multiple disciplines across our medical community to participate in this unique CME experience through interactive virtual workshops and round tables. We added a "Hot Topics,” session and will welcome back the much-loved PRO/CON debate. 

Starting on Friday afternoon, SPPM will offer four virtual workshops that will be difficult to select between due to the comprehensive nature of the offerings.  Choose between a workshop on “Improving pain in hospitalized children with multidisciplinary care plans: identifying barriers and finding solutions across specialties, disciplines, services and institutional organizations”,  another exploring the most effective ways to manage “Pain and Symptom Management in Pediatric Palliative Care”, a workshop that addresses “Explaining the Unexplainable: The Art of Educating Families about Chronic Pain” or a workshop focused on complementary treatments in “Integrating Acupuncture in Pediatric Perioperative Care and Pain Medicine Workshop.

The main program will kick off on Saturday morning with a welcome message, program overview, and the changing of the SPPM Board of Directors. During the first session of the morning, we will graciously welcome Dr. Maria Fitzgerald as the opening Keynote speaker who will present a scientific review lecture entitled "Whose pain is it anyway? Exploring the neurobiological basis of paediatric pain."

Following Dr. Maria Fitzgerald, we will dive in and explore The Complex World of Headaches with the expertise of Dr. Blake Windsor presenting on concussion, Dr. Stacy Peterson on what is up and coming in the pharmacologic treatment of headache and Dr. Shalini Shah will review headache interventions. Dr. Emily Law will close the session talking about the behavioral treatment aspects of headache management.

To conclude the lecture portion of the day, we will look closely at Neuropathic Pain and the Challenges Associated with this challenging condition.  Dr. Amber Borucki will start the session in review of neuropathic pain, followed by Dr. Elliot Krane with innovative interventions in the treatment of neuropathic pain. Next, Dr. Dustin Wallace will present on the behavioral management of neuropathic pain and Dr. Kim Clarno will discuss the vital role of physical therapy and integrative care in the effective treatment of neuropathic pain. 

We will wrap up the program on Saturday with our Best Poster Awards and a Moderated Poster Session - this is not to be missed and easier than ever to view the submissions!

The program will continue Sunday morning with a session of six PBLDs and a special round table discussion with Dr. Maria Fitzgerald. Be sure to register for one of these stimulating discussions!

This year SPPM is excited to offer a session on management of pain in the Pediatric Trauma Patient.  Dr. Cristina Benki will present on the evolution of acute to chronic pain post trauma. Drs. Melissa Massarachia and Ban Tsui will divide and conquer regional block techniques for these children, addressing both the acute treatment and the prevention of chronic pain.  Dr. Angela Garcia will wrap up the session by introducing us to how the physical medicine and rehabilitation physician approaches the pediatric trauma patient and facilitates their recovery.

We have added a Hot Topics session to our program this year. This speed session is designed to explore new or controversial practices in acute and chronic pediatric pain medicine. Dr. Seth Eisdorfer will discuss cryoablation, Dr. Kristen Spisak will address ketamine and lidocaine infusions, Dr. Rachel Zoffness will take on the hottest topic of 2020: Covid-19 and how it is affecting your pain patient. Finally, Dr. Tonya Palermo will conclude the session with a relevant talk on virtual and digital health interventions in pediatric pain medicine - critical for our patients during C19.

Brought to you from Wisconsin, we will watch the great debate presented by Drs. Timothy Casias and Steve Weisman, To PCA or NOT to PCA? This will be a lively battle and not to be missed.

We are honored to have Dr. Gary Walco agree to give the closing Keynote talk on “Advocacy in Pediatric Pain Medicine.” This has been a topic discussed over the years in various societies and pain list serves. This lecture will be sure to motivate and inspire us as we close out another excellent SPPM meeting.

Despite the many challenges of 2020, as the SPPM Program Chair, planning this meeting has been a great pleasure as I have had the opportunity to collaborate with so many experts in the field of pediatric pain medicine. With my deepest gratitude I would like to thank our planning committee for the time and dedication they put into creating this program. Thank you Drs. Robert Wilder (President-Elect), Deepa Kattail (Program Co-Chair), M-Irfan Suleman (past program chair), Rachel Zoffness (Psychology Liaison), Galaxy Li  and Jim Mooney. A special thank you to Drs. Agarwal and Kundu for always being supportive and available to answer my many questions!  Also, none of this would be possible without the team that kept us all in line and to deadlines: Kim Battle, Stewart Hinckley and Jenny Patterson. 

All Program & Schedule Times are Eastern Time (EDT)