26th Annual Pain Management Symposium

It's All Greek to Me: A Day at the Movies - Pain, Romance, and Pleasure

Friday, October 7, 2022
7:45 a.m. - 4:35 p.m.
Seattle University
Pigott Auditorium
Seattle, WA

For access to the accredited recording of previous year's symposiums, please visit our Conferences On-Demand page.

For our 26th year we are back in person as well as virtually at a new venue, Seattle University Pigott Auditorium.  Our focus remains on the busy health care provider who may be seeing a complex persistent patient in pain and needs to know the latest evidence-based way of improving their quality of life. The course will review pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies for some of the common causes of pain seen in clinics. The logic of interventions such as trigger point therapies and understanding the pitfalls of urine toxicology testing will be discussed. Our aim is to give the participant information that can be included the very next time they see a patient suffering from pain.

As part of our course we will also be featuring complimentary lectures on state-of-the-art topics at 12 noon from Tuesday-Thursday prior to the symposium on Friday. Visit the Pain Education Week page for more information and to register for each daily session. *These are separate from this symposium registration and are complimentary.

We hope you’ll join us for some, or all, of the offered programs to gain practical knowledge and further ability to care for patients with persistent pain.

Intended Audience: All health care providers who treat patients suffering from acute, chronic or peri-operative pain, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, allied health professionals, and residents. The conference will be most beneficial for the following specialties: Family Medicine, General Medicine, Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Pain Management, Pharmacy, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

View more information about the symposium below.  Registration options and fees are listed under the "Fees" tab. To register, select the button below to be directed to the registration portal.



Charles E. Argoff, M.D.
Pain Medicine Specialist
Professor of Neurology
Director, Comprehensive Pain Program
Albany Medical Center

James Babington, M.D.
Pain Medicine
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Swedish Pain Services
Swedish Edmonds Specialty Clinic
Seattle, WA

Brian Droker, M.D.

Gordon Irving, M.D.
Retired Physician
Former Medical Director of Pain Services
Swedish Medical Center
Seattle, WA

Philip J. Mease, M.D.
Seattle Rheumatology Associates

Jay P. Shah, M.D.
Senior Staff Physiatrist
Clinical Investigator
Rehabilitation Medicine Department
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center

Brett R. Stacey, M.D.
Pain Medicine Specialist
Medical Director
Center for Pain Relief
UW Medicine
Professor, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
University of Washington

Steven Stanos, D.O.
Medical Director
Swedish Pain Services
Medical Director
Swedish Health System Pain Medicine
Swedish Medical Center
Seattle, WA

Swedish CME maintains full control of the content of every course we provide. Each speaker is required to give a balanced, evidence-based presentation that is free of commercial bias. It is our policy to identify and mitigate all relevant faculty and planner financial relationships with ineligible organizations.


Steven Stanos, D.O., Course Co-Chair
Gordon Irving, M.D., Course Co-Chair
Danielle Posadas, CME Specialist Sr.



Overall Course Learning Objectives:

By attending this course, the participant will provide better patient care through an increased ability to:

  • Discuss and apply evidence-based treatment and guidelines to improve care for patients with chronic and acute pain including those in an inpatient setting 
  • Ability to evaluate headaches, spondyloarthropathies, neuropathic pain and myofascial pain syndromes including trigger points
  • Review opioid tapering, new Bree Collaborative opioid guidelines for older patients, and common misconceptions on positive urine drug testing
  • Discuss multidisciplinary therapies for pain management including psychology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and interventional and neuromodulation therapies


Accreditation with Commendation
Swedish Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
Swedish Medical Center designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

For Pharmacists
acpe logoSwedish Medical Center Department of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. 

For Nurses
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are accepted for Washington State RN Continuing Education requirements as well as for application and renewal of specialty and advanced practice certification through both ANCC and AANP (1 CNE hour is equivalent to 1 CME hour).

American Nurses Credentialing Center - ANCC accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

American Academy of Physician Assistant - AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician Assistants may receive a maximum of 7.25 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ for completing this course.

PTs/PTAs in Washington State:
In Washington State courses provided to Physical Therapists (PTs) and Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) do not need to be pre-approved by any official authority in order for the PT/PTA to receive CEUs. It is the responsibility of the PT/PTA to determine whether or not a course is applicable to their scope of practice.  Please review the course content on this website to make your determination.  If you deem this course eligible and attend, after the course you will receive a completion certificate listing the hours of education received from the course for your submission records.
PTs/PTAs form other states needing to confirm that their state boards of PT will approve the CEUs they have received from the course as requirements may differ by state.



The COVID pandemic has perhaps caused the most disruptive and innovative changes to the practice of medicine, and pain management care was no exception. Managing comprehensive care plans for patients with pain was already complicated before this pandemic with changing opioid prescription guidelines, new non-pharmaceutical care options, and evolving techniques and recommendations. Health care providers need strategies and information to give patients with pain the best evidence-based, comprehensive care options during these changing times.

Millions of people in the United States suffer from chronic pain, and pain treatment and management spans across most medical disciplines. Despite huge strides in understanding pain, major gaps still exist between that understanding and consistent pain diagnosis and treatment across specialties and communities.

This symposium will give health care professionals the knowledge and skills to navigate pain management for patient care in an increasingly changing world. The course will cover the evolving areas of pain management including the latest evidence-based ideas on evaluating headaches, spondyloarthropathies, neuropathic pain and myofascial pain syndromes including trigger points, opioid tapering, and BREE Collaborative opioid guidelines. This information will enable attendees to update their practices for this emerging online healthcare world and provide the best multidisciplinary care options for their patients with pain.


  Early Bird 
by Sept. 2
by Sept. 26
M.D./D.O. $225 $255*
Allied Health Professional
(ARNP, Nurse, PA, etc.) Needs CE credit.
$110 $140*
Resident, Fellow or Medical Student $25 $35

*After Sept. 26 add $30 to the advance registration price.

Registration Information
Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Participants who register by the "Advance Registration" date will receive a reminder email after Monday, Sept. 26, 2022.  Registrations will only be processed when accompanied by full payment. 

To receive a refund, notice of cancellation must be received no later than Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022.

Special Accommodations
If you require accommodations to participate, please contact Swedish CME at cme@swedish.org or 206-386-2755.

Registration Fees
The fees for this course includes all instruction materials, online syllabus access, and a digital certificate of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

COVID-19 Precautions
The safety of attendees and staff are of the highest priority.  At this time we highly recommend all in-person attendees wear masks except when eating and drinking.  Requirements for attendance may change closer to the event date in accordance with any venue requirements at that time.  All attendees will be notified of any changes in advance with opportunity to change their registration format if needed.

This symposium may be financially supported in part by educational grants in accordance with the Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education. A complete listing of commercial supporters is not available at this time. Appropriate acknowledgment will be given to all supporters at the time of the symposium.