Week in Review: April 27 – May 1

Although the Annual Assembly and State of the Science were cancelled, you can still gain access to the papers and posters that were going to be presented. The Annual Assembly papers and posters include case studies, scholar e-posters, and scientific and quality improvement content and the State of the Science poster sessions include RAPiD and general posters.


With the threat of the coronavirus still present and many organizational travel bans in place through 2020, the AAHPM Board of Directors made the decision to cancel the AAHPM Intensive Board Review Course. Please review AAHPM’s board preparation materials to assist in your studies. The Advanced Pain Management with Buprenorphine and Infusions of Ketamine, Lidocaine, and Opioids: Practical Pearls and Skills Practice course scheduled for Louisville in August is also cancelled. We look forward to presenting this content at a later date.


AAHPM’s Chief Medical Officer Joe Rotella was a recent guest on Palliative Care Chat hosted by Mary Lynn McPherson. Joe reflects on the Academy’s actions during this pandemic, providing valuable resources to the community and creating a safe space for members to discuss their challenges and support one another.


Pose questions of and learn how your colleagues are managing the COVID-19 pandemic on AAHPM Connect. Review resources on AAHPM’s COVID-19 webpage, which includes several new resource links. Also, JPSM is fast tracking articles that describe palliative care in COVID-19 preparation and response, with emphasis on lessons, insights, or recommendations that would be of immediate value to the field.


AAHPM joined members of the NCHPC and other stakeholders in sending a letter to the co-chairs of the National Institutes of Health panel that recently released COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines. We relayed the importance of including palliative care content in these guidelines and requested the opportunity to provide this essential guidance, so it may be added when updates are made.

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