Comprehensive Pain Management Incorporating Complementary and Integrative Medicine: The Military Medicine Experience
Over the past decade-plus, the U.S. military has been engaged in the longest armed conflicts in history fought by volunteers engaged in often multiple, recurrent deployments into combat. The resulting injuries, illnesses, and combat wounds associated with training, deployment, and active combat are frequently complex, multifactorial, and often associated with chronic pain. Conventional care of these clinical problems has too often led to additional pain problems and dependency upon the chronic use of opioids and psychotropic medications. Dr. Schoomaker will discuss the complex nature of these clinical challenges and the ongoing efforts of the Military health System to use a holistic, patient-centered, multidisciplinary, integrative approach to chronic pain management, including the use of complementary and integrative modalities.
Faculty: Eric B. Schoomaker, MD, PhD, FACP, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (Ret)
This 1-hour CME activity is designed for all clinicians who treat chronic pain.
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:
- Discuss the unique features of combat related wounds, injuries and illnesses after a decade-plus of armed conflict.
- Explore the interconnectiveness of pain with a spectrum of co-morbid service-connected wounds, injuries, and illnesses as well as the growing problems of alcohol abuse and long-term opioid use.
- Describe the Federal Health System’s interest in a comprehensive pain management plan that includes complementary and integrative practices.
Eric B. Schoomaker, MD, PhD, FACP, Lieutenant General, US Army (Ret), currently serves as a professor and vice-chair for Centers and Programs in the Department of Military & Emergency Medicine at the nation’s only federal health university, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. Prior to his retirement in 2012 after 32 years of active service, Lieutenant General (Retired) Schoomaker served as the 42nd U.S. Army Surgeon General and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Medical Command. His principal interests are in both complementary and integrative health and medicine, in the shift from a disease-management focused health care system to one more centered on the improvement and sustainment of health and wellbeing leading to optimal human performance, and in leadership education. Dr. Schoomaker is the recipient of numerous military awards, including those from France and Germany, the 2012 Dr. Nathan Davis Award from the American Medical Association for outstanding government service, an Honorary Doctor of Science from Wake Forest University, and the Philipp M. Lippe, MD Award from the American Academy of Pain Medicine for outstanding contributions to the social and political aspect of pain medicine.
Staff and Content Validation Reviewer Disclosures
The staff involved with this activity and any content validation reviewers of this activity have reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.
Planning Committee/Faculty Disclosure
Dr. Schoomaker, reports that he has nothing to disclose.
Debra Nelson-Hogan, Director of Education for the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, reports that she has nothing to disclose.
Cathleen Coneghen, Assistant Director of Education for the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, reports that she has nothing to disclose.
The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a health care provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
For questions regarding CME for this activity, you may reach the department of education at the Academy of Integrative Pain Management at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For successful completion of this activity, please complete a pre-test; utilize the audio recordings synched with the presentation slides to review the content, providing answers to your questions as necessary; and complete a post-test and evaluation following the activity. You will then be prompted to print your certificate. This activity should take approximately 60 minutes to complete.
This program is accredited for physicians, nurses, and psychologists. All other clinicians can submit the certificate of attendance upon completion of the program to their licensing boards for consideration of credit.
The American Academy of Pain Management is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The American Academy of Pain Management designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The American Academy of Pain Management is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 15881 for 1 contact hour.
The American Academy of Pain Management is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The American Academy of Pain Management maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
The Academy designates this activity for a maximum of 1 CE credit.
- 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
- 1.00 APA
- 1.00 Document of Attendance
- 1.00 Nursing Credit