Overview

Headache and face pain are both commonly experienced among the general population, with studies indicating that up to 20% of adults have severe headaches, and up to 7% have orofacial pain. These conditions also frequently co-exist, making diagnosis and treatment more challenging. Both medical and dental professionals often treat patients who present with one or the other of these conditions, but misunderstandings about the root of the condition frequently results in misdiagnosis. For instance, migraines are often misdiagnosed as tension headaches, and face pain is often assumed to be neurologically-based, though it more frequently has roots in myofascial temporomandibular disorder.

Headache and face pain understandably provide diagnostic and therapeutic challenges. Their effective management often requires interprofessional collaboration, involving primary care, neurology, dentistry, psychology, otolaryngology, and pain and orofacial pain medicine. In this two-day course, experts from these disciplines will share their knowledge and experience, with the ultimate goal of preparing physicians, dentists, and other health-care providers to better understand and manage headache and face pain, separately or co-morbidly.

Accreditation

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine (TUSDM) and Boston University School of Medicine. BUSM is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This activity is approved AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

APA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 15.0 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.

Course Directors

EGILIUS H. SPIERINGS, M.D., Ph.D. Clinical Professor of Craniofacial Pain at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and Director of the Headache & Face Pain Program at Tufts Medical Center. Dr. Spierings is board certified in Neurology by the Royal Netherlands Medical Association and is fellowship-trained in headache management.

BRIAN E. MCGEENEY, M.D., M.P.H. Assistant Professor of Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine. Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and American Board of Pain Medicine. Site Director, Boston University Neurology Residency Program.