24th Annual Pain Management Symposium

Goes Virtual!  Providing Pain Care in a Whole New World

On-Demand, Online Activity
Recorded Lectures from the live, virtual conference on Oct. 23, 2020.  Save-the-date for the 25th Anniversary symposium on Friday, September 24, 2021.  Information will be updated by mid-July.

The pandemic has enabled a whole new virtual world for patient care. Increasing pressure on providers has meant they have had to meet these virtual, distanced health needs at a fast pace.  This year’s virtual pain symposium will review the tools and resources needed to better and more easily manage a patient’s pain virtually and safely. International and national speakers, as well as our own expert faculty, will discuss best practices for managing patient care through virtual visits in our expanding online healthcare world, as well as review safe opioid prescribing and the new BREE collaborative chronic opioid management recommendations.  View information about the incredible panel of speakers this year in the "Faculty" tab below.

With more awareness and availability, patients are also interested in the role of cannabis in the management of their pain.  The afternoon sessions will feature a lively pros and cons of the current, evidence-based research around cannabis and pain management.  The day will wrap up with an overview of new and traditional approaches for joint and soft tissue pain that can play a role in the comprehensive pain management for many of your patients.

Take time for yourself and enhance your ability to virtually improve the lives and outcomes of your patients in pain. Lessen the stress of your day-to-day practice with new, practical strategies for pain management in these ever changing times. 

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 in the Northwest. 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 course below and registration options are listed under the "Fees" tab below.

Registration and access for the accredited, on-demand recorded lectures from the 2020 symposium is now available through the button below.   *After registration you will receive a confirmation email with lecture access and credit claim information.



Joseph Audette, M.D.
Physiatry and Pain Medicine
Atrius Health
Boston, MA

James R. Babington, M.D.
Attending Physician
Swedish Pain Services
Swedish Edmonds

Daniel Blaney-Koen, JD
Senior Legislative Attorney
American Medical Association (AMA)
Chicago, IL

Wilson Chang, M.D., MPH
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist
Interventional Spine and Pain Management
Swedish Medical Center

Todd Czartoski, M.D.
Chief Medical Technology Officer
Chief Executive, Telehealth
Providence St. Joseph Health

Katherine DeJong, M.D.
Addiction Medicine Fellow
Swedish Medical Center

Kevin Hill, M.D., MHS*
Division of Addiction Psychiatry
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center 
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical Center
Boston, MA

Jennifer M. Leahy, M.D.
Internal Medicine Physician
Swedish Center for Comprehensive Care

Natalie McBrayer, BSN, RN, RYT, MJ
Medical Marijuana Consultant, Certified
Clinical Nurse Educator
Clinical Education and Safety
Swedish Medical Group

Zachary McCormick, M.D.
Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R)
Director of Clinical Spine Research
Interventional Spine and Musculoskeletal Medicine Fellowship Director
University of Utah School of Medicine
Salt Lake City, UT

Christopher Merifield, M.D.
Pain Specialist, Anesthesiology
Swedish Pain Services

Gregory Rudolf, M.D.
Pain Medicine Specialist
Addiction Medicine Specialist
Medical Acupuncture Specialist
Swedish Pain Services
Swedish Medical Center

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

James Walsh, M.D.
Swedish Addiction Recovery Services
Swedish Medical Center

Mark A. Ware, MBBS, MRCP, MSc
Chief Medical Officer
Canopy Growth Corp.
Associate Member
Faculty of Medicine
McGill University Health
Montreal, Quebec

Ajay D. Wasan, M.D., MSc
President & Vice Chair, Pain Medicine
Co-Director, Center for Innovation in Pain Care
Departments of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine
University of Pittsburgh Medical School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, PA
President, American Academy of Pain Medicine

Fangfang Xing, M.D.
Pain Medicine and Interventional Specialist
Swedish Pain Services

Cong Yu, M.D.
Pain Management, Anesthesiology
Swedish Pain Services

Unaccredited Lunch & Adjourn Session Faculty:
Timothy Zepelak PT, DPT, OCS, RYT
Physical Therapist
Swedish Pain Services, Functional Restoration

Sonja Braasch, OT
Occupational Therapist
Swedish Pain Services, Structured Functional Restoration Program

*Only faculty of live event and on-demand until March 2021.

Swedish CME maintains full control of the content of every course we provide. It is our policy to identify and resolve all speaker and planner conflicts of interest. Each speaker is required to give a balanced, evidence-based presentation that is free of commercial bias.


Steven Stanos, D.O., Course Co-Chair
Gordon Irving, M.D., Course Co-Chair
James R. Babington, M.D.
Wilson Chang, M.D., MPH
Christina Coulter, Ph.D., ARNP
Jeanine Keefe, MSN, RN-BC, CMSRN, GCNS-BC
Jennifer Leahy, M.D.
Gregory Rudolf, M.D.
Becca Taylor, RN, Ph.D., CPMN
Danielle Posadas, CME Specialist Sr.
Mimi Belay, CME Specialist I



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

Overall objectives: 

  • Review best practices and available tools to manage patient’s pain during a pandemic
  • *Provide care for patients with pain virtually using a variety of online technological resources
  • Recognize the current safe opioid prescribing guidelines and updates to the BREE collaborative recommendations
  • **Discuss the pros and cons of cannabis use for chronic pain care in order to appropriately answer patient inquiries
  • *Utilize new non-pharmaceutical technologies for the management of soft tissue, knee, and hip pain

For Pharmacists:  *Discuss online technologies available to facilitate patient care virtually

**Only for live course and not included in on-demand activity as of March 2021.


Enduring On-Demand Course CME Credits

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 enduring activity for a maximum of 5.75* AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

*After March 31, 2021, due to recording permission restrictions the credit maximum was reduced from 6.5 to 5.75 as parts of the cannabis section are no longer available for viewing.

Live Course CME Credits Only

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 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

The AAFP has reviewed 24th Annual Pain Management Symposium - Goes Virtual: Providing Pain Care in a Whole New World and deemed it acceptable for up to 6.25 Online Only, Live AAFP Prescribed credit. Term of Approval is from 10/23/2020 to 10/23/2020. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

acpe logoFor Pharmacists: Swedish Medical Center Department of Pharmacy is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This activity is approved for 6.5 contact hours (0.65 CEU). ACPE Universal Activity Number: 0599-0000-20-016-L08-P

For Both Live Course and On-Demand

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 6.5 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 current COVID-19 pandemic has changed our daily lives in many ways and even more so affected the way we deliver healthcare. While much of the world stopped, the need for healthcare in all specialties, including pain management, continues.  Health care professionals are faced with the challenge of providing and mastering virtual care options quickly and effectively.  As Telehealth is an emerging field, most primary-care and specialty providers were ill-prepared for this quick transition, in need of knowledge of and strategies for online technology options to ease their way in caring for their patients.

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 the emerging questions from patients of the role of cannabis in pain care (especially in states like Washington where recreational use is legal). Health care providers need strategies and information to give patients with pain the best evidence-based, comprehensive care options during these changing times.

This symposium will give health care professionals the knowledge and skills to navigate pain management for patient care in an increasingly virtual world.  It will detail virtual care strategies, and discuss the evidence-based pros and cons of cannabis use, safe opioid prescribing guidelines, and alternative methods of pain management.  Expert faculty will highlight new technologies to consider when creating comprehensive pain management plans for patients.  This information will enable attendees to update their practices for this emerging online healthcare world and provide the best care options for their patients with pain.


Fee Options
M.D./D.O. $180
Allied Health Professional
(ARNP, Nurse, PA, etc.) Needs CE credit.
Resident, Fellow or Medical Student $25

Registration Information

Participants who register will receive a confirmation via email with access and credit claim instructions for the on-demand lectures. Registrations will only be processed when accompanied by full payment.

Special Accommodations
If require specific accommodations to participate, please contact the CME office at 206-386-2755.

Registration Fees
The fees for this course include all instruction materials, online syllabus access, online on-demand recording access, and a digital certificate of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™  (except for registration types that note otherwise).

Bibliography & Resources
Additional information and resources for each topic/presentation are listed throughout the presentations in slide notes. Access to the presentation slide pdfs will be available after registration.