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Pain Medicine Refresher Course

Pain Refresher Course for Practicing and Trainee Pain Medicine Physicians A Satellite Course of the Canadian Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting Saturday April 27, 2024: 0800 – 1715 The Westin Ottawa, 11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON K1N 9H4 

Jointly organized by the Interventional Pain and Neuropathic Pain Special Interest Groups of the Canadian Pain Society

Course Directors: Dr. Anuj Bhatia and Dr. Harsha Shanthanna 

Course Coordinator: Dr. Danielle Alvares 

Please contact to register 


College of Family Physicians of Canada Mainpro+® - Group Learning (One-credit-per-hour) 

This one-credit-per-hour Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by Continuing Professional Development, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto for up to 6.0 Mainpro+® credits. 

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada – Section 1. This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by Continuing Professional Development, Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. You may claim up to a maximum of 6.0 hours (credits are automatically calculated). 

Registration: Practicing physicians - $600; Trainees - $300 

Discounted rate if attendee is also registered for the CPS Annual Scientific Meeting: 

Practicing physicians - $400; Trainees - $200 

Registration & Breakfast

0800 – 0900 

Welcome and Introductions 

Anuj Bhatia and Harsha Shanthanna

0900 – 0915 

New pain definitions and ICD-11 classification: What is relevant for the practicing pain physician?

Nimish Mittal 

0915 – 0935 

Medications and procedures for neuropathic pain: is there anything new?! 

Harsha Shanthanna 

0935 – 0955 

Q & A 

0955 – 1005 

The Morning Roundtable: Training, Certification and Practice of Pain Medicine in Canada: a round table discussion 

Panel: John Hanlon, Ian Beauprie, Hance Clarke, Virginia McEwen, Angela Mailis, Nimish Mittal, Abeer Alomari, Brian Rambaransingh 

Moderators: Harsha Shanthanna and Anuj Bhatia 

1005 – 1055

 • The landscape of pain medicine practice in Canada: who is doing it

 • Different paths to becoming a pain physician

 • Making real progress with PM residency-challenges/changes/making it  attractive 

 • Does a pain fellowship and procedural certification (FIPP, CIPS) help IMGs in getting a job?

 • We need so many pain physicians for Canada-is residency the only answer?

 • Training or retraining GPs and other specialists/changing scope of practice-where to get additional training? 

Coffee and Networking 

1055 – 1115 

Treatment algorithm for low back pain: evidence-driven and experience-based practice 

Ian Beauprie 

1115 – 1135 

Treatments for headaches – medications and interventions 

Yasmine Hoydonckx 

1135 – 1155 

X-rays, CT and MRI scans: What does a pain medicine physician need to know about imaging studies for patients with pain? 

Anuj Bhatia 

1155 – 1215

Q & A 

1215 – 1230 

Lunch & Networking Time 

1230 – 1345 

Presentation provided by Medtronic 

*non accredited event – please view more information in the Exhibitor Brochure 

1245 – 1315

Networking Time 

1315 – 1345 

Primer on Physical examination for spinal and major joint pain – how to do and report it? 

Jennifer McDonald 

1345 – 1405 

Prescribing and weaning opioids and cannabinoids in the year 2024 – what a pain physician can and should do? 

Hance Clarke 

1405 – 1425 

Infusions for pain: ketamine, lidocaine, magnesium, and everything else… 

Neilesh Soneji 

1425 – 1445 

Q & A 

1445 – 1500 

Coffee and Networking 

1500 – 1520 

Practical aspect of regenerative medicine for pain in Canada: science and snake oils 

Brian Rambaransingh 

1520 – 1540 

Fibromyalgia – what works and what does not 

Mary Ann Fitzcharles 

1540 – 1600 

Q & A 

1600 – 1610 

The Afternoon Roundtable: What practical stuff should I know to manage a pain practice in Canada? - referrals, reimbursement, regulations

Panel: Brian Rambaransingh (Alberta), Ian Beauprie and Ivan Cohen (Nova Scotia), Kshitij Chawla (British Columbia), Edward Zhang, Jody Young and Jennifer McDonald (Ontario), Timothy Bolton (Saskatchewan) 

Moderators: Anuj Bhatia and Harsha Shanthanna) 

1610 – 1700 

• Getting referrals suited to your practice

 • How to ensure appropriate reimbursement

 • Staying out of trouble – knowing key regulations from the licensing Colleges and the Ministry of Health

 • Working collaboratively with other health disciplines in a solo provider setting

Concluding Remarks and feedback 

Anuj Bhatia and Harsha Shanthanna

1700 – 1715