April 7, 2018 in the Dudley M. Davis Center

Treating acute pain in a patient with a wound or broken bone is straightforward – heal the wound and the pain subsides. But for many patients, pain signals can remain active in the nervous system, activating a pain/distress/pain cycle that leads to chronic suffering.

“Integrative Pain Management: National Experts, Local Focus,” a conference presented by UVM Integrative Health and hosted by the University of Vermont College of Nursing and Health Sciences, will introduce new standards for assessing and treating pain and show how research-based therapies including acupuncture, meditation and yoga help calm the nervous system for better health.

Sessions topics include nutritional pain management, non-opioid pharmaceuticals, interdisciplinary case reviews and lessons from the U.S. Department of Defense on pain measurement.

Keynote presenter Bob Twillman, Ph.D., executive director of the Academy of Pain Management, will explore how practitioners can tailor pain treatment plans for individual patients. Dr. Twillman is clinical associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and serves as chair of the Prescription Monitoring Program Advisory Committee for the Kansas Board of Pharmacy.

Speakers include Ben Kligler, M.D., national director for the Integrative Health Coordinating Center at the Veterans Health Administration and Kathryn Hansen, ANP-BC, LMT, interim medical director for the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt. All health care providers are welcome to attend and encouraged to join the discussion. Register now >>


Saturday, April 7 from 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Dudley M. Davis Center, UVM Campus


In support of improving patient care, The Robert Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont 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. The University of Vermont designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This program has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 6.5 Nursing Contact Hours. This program has been reviewed and is approved for pharmacists for up to 6.5 hours. Applications for acupuncturists, alcohol and drug abuse counselors, dieticians/nutritionists, mental health counselors, physical therapists, psychologists, and social workers are pending.


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