Other Conferences & Training

Here you’ll find an up-to-date, detailed list of recommended conferences and continuing education opportunities for health care providers beyond Pain BC's offerings. Please see our Upcoming events page for health care providers for a full listing of Pain BC-led and Pain BC partner events. 

Continuing Education / Graduate Studies

Online Paediatric Pain Curriculum (The Hospital for Sick Kids, Toronto, Ontario) 

This free, online course offers 10 modules which can be viewed independently and interchangeably, with Module 8 focusing on Chronic Pain Management: Special Considerations for children. The course goal is to provide a broad education platform for health-care professionals to learn about pain within clinical, basic science, and ethical themes, including the following features:

  • Based on the International Association for the Study of Pain Core Curriculum for professional education in pain.
  • Available to anyone via the web, anywhere in the world.
  • Each module contain a number of cases illustrating the concepts covered in the module.

Preventing Chronic Pain: A Human Systems Approach (University of Minnesota)
This free online Coursera course from the University of Minnesota consists of modules that includes 10 - 20 minute video segments including slides, videos, experiential demonstrations, self-management training; and discussions to provide practical knowledge on preventing chronic pain. Engage in creative learning strategies such as teaching through stories, personal assessment tools, and experiential training. There will be a Statement of Accomplishment offered for this course.

On-Demand Education (American Academy of Pain Medecine)

The AAPM offers a wide range of On-Demand Education. Visit their online course catalog to access courses with CME credit, or view their list of live and archived events.

Graduate Certificate in Pain Management (University of Alberta)
Offered by the University Of Alberta Faculty Of Rehabilitation Medicine, the Certificate in Pain Management is an online graduate-level credit program centered on advanced education in collaborative pain management for healthcare professionals. The Certificate provides an opportunity for practicing clinicians to address the dynamic challenges of acute and chronic pain. Students will:

  • Adapt and use an inter-professional approach to pain management, and understand the unique, shared roles and responsibilities of varied professionals
  • Use critical thinking and evidence-based approaches to develop assessment and comprehensive management plans
  • Use a bio-psycho-social clinical reasoning framework which integrates information across models in the assessment and management of pain
  • The program consists of three 3-credit graduate level courses, and was designed specifically for the working professional. Course contributors include leaders in pain research, management, and education from Canada and other countries. Pain Certificate courses are eligible for Mainpro-C and Mainpro-M1 credits through the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC).

Brain Story Certification

A free, in-depth course for anyone who wants to learn more about the science of brain development.

  • Videos of more than 30 leading experts in neurobiology and mental health
  • Certification in Brain Story science
  • 19 modules self-paced

Learn more

Conferences & Symposiums

Calgary Pain Conference

The Calgary Pain Conference is held annually to cover advances in pain research and treatment, the prevention and management of acute and chronic pain and provides an overview of available programs and resources in Calgary.  It will be of interest to all health care providers including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists and social workers. Visit the Calgary Pain Education Foundation to find out more about the upcoming conference on May 7, 2018.

Canadian Pain Society (CPS) Annual Scientific Meeting

The CPS runs their Annual Scientific Meeting in different cities across Canada (as well as internationally), usually in May. The 2017 meeting is the first of these to be an accredited Patients Included conference (learn more). These popular Scientific Meetings include a range of speakers on different topics related to pain and pain science. The CPS also runs other education events and meetings. Learn more on the CPS website

Mayo Clinic Opioid Conference: Evidence, Clinical Considerations and Best Practice 2017

This conference aims to highlight the shift in guidelines and public concern regarding the use of opioids in medical practice and provides the most up-to-date information regarding the appropriate indication for opioids in clinical practice. Topics cover the basics of opioids, evidence-based guidelines for opioids, medication monitoring, tapering and legal considerations. In addition, the course covers a broad range of issues, including opioid addiction and difficult patient conversations and guidelines to standardize the practice of opioid prescribing. Medical providers including nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physicians, addiction experts, pharmacists and others may benefit from this multidisciplinary review and update of opioid management. This course includes lectures by experts in the field of pain medicine and opioid management, panel discussions, and question-and-answer sessions. Held in Seattle, WA., September 14-16, 2017. Credits: 15.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

National Institute of Health (NIH) Pain Consortium Symposium

The NIH Pain Consortium was established to enhance pain research and promote collaboration among researchers across the many NIH Institutes and Centers that have programs and activities addressing pain. The consortium supports initiatives, development of research resources and tools, and hosts events to promote collaboration and highlight advances in pain research. The 12th Annual NIH Pain Consortium Symposium: Multidisciplinary Strategies for the Management of Pain took place May 31 - June 1, 2017.  The 2017 symposium highlighted advances in pain research on Prevention of Chronic Pain and Moving Towards Multidisciplinary Pain Care. This annual symposium features NIH supported pain research that is of high interest and presents opportunities to advance the field. More than 20 NIH Institutes, Centers and Offices participate in the NIH Pain Consortium. See the NIH Pain Consortium website for more information. A free webcast is available.

The Pain Society of Alberta's Annual Pain Conference

The 12th annual Pain Society of Alberta's conference will take place at the Rimrock Resort Hotel in Banff from ​Friday October 19th to Sunday October 21st, 2018. Although the conference is mainly aimed at family physicians, anyone interested in pain and pain management may attend. For more information and to keep up to date on future conferences, see the PSA website.

PAINWeek 2018

PAINWeek is the largest pain conference in North America for frontline clinicians practicing pain management. Over 2300 physicians, nursing professionals, physician assistants, dentists, pharmacists, and psychologists are expected to attend PAINWeek September 4-8, 2018, in Las Vegas.

  • More than 120+ hours of the most up-to-date evidence-based scientific instruction available
  • Cutting-edge educational sessions with faculty who are leaders in their field
  • Face-to-face interactions with expert speakers during the conference
  • Interdisciplinary networking with colleagues in pain management
  • Multiple sessions offerings allowing you to choose the best fit for your educational needs
  • Universal access to scientific assemblies, symposia, and special presentations on a first-come, first-served basis
  • More than 100 exhibiting companies invite you to visit and browse new products, see demonstrations, and ask questions.

San Diego Pain Summit 

The purpose of the San Diego Pain Summit is to provide the opportunity to learn clinical applications of pain science. Meaning more than just hands on work, clinical applications includes how we think about the treatment plan, how we speak with our patient, how we make our patients feel, etc. The San Diego Pain Summit brings together researchers and clinicians to discuss and share ways to bring concepts reflecting current theories of pain science into practical use. Watch 2015 and 2016 summit video presentations. The 2018 Summit takes place February 6-11.