TOP MED, Topics on Pain Medicine, is a comprehensive "virtual textbook" on treating patients of all ages suffering from different types of pain. TOP MED fills a void in medical education in that an estimated 50 million Americans suffer from persistent pain, yet most medical school students do not take a single course focusing on the causes and treatments of pain.
TOP MED employs the latest accelerated learning techniques to present leading edge knowledge from renowned experts in this rapidly changing field. The American Academy of Pain Medicine (AAPM) assembled a distinguished team of physicians including deans of prestigious medical schools and past presidents of the AAPM and the American Pain Society. The mission of the American Academy of Pain Medicine is to promote quality care of patients with pain as a symptom of disease (eudynia) and primary pain diseases (maldynia) through research, education, and advocacy and through the advancement of the specialty of Pain Medicine.
TOP MED was jointly designed by SmartPros and Mitchell Weisburgh. The project was managed by Mitchell Weisburgh. Mitchell Weisburgh designs and creates online and blended learning that delivers shorter time to competence. He has over twenty years experience in content and systems design and development. SmartPros Ltd. is a leader in online and offline continuing education for professionals. With more than 2,000 hours of content, SmartPros has been providing mandatory continuing education products since 1981. SmartPros provides services and content to its professional and corporate clients in a variety of media including Web, CD-ROM and video. SmartPros' clients include 50% of the Fortune 500, as well as the major firms and associations in each of its professional markets. TOP MED was made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from Purdue Pharma L.P.