Tufts First Annual Craniofacial Face Pain Symposium

Course Details

  • Date: Sat., October 18
  • Times: 8am–5pm
  • Tuition: $295
  • Credit: 8 Hours – Lecture (One Opioid Risk-Management Credit included)
  • AGD Code: 190
  • Course #: H10

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Course Director

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


The TUSDM Office of Continuing Education invites you to join us for our First Annual Craniofacial Face Pain Symposium. This course will bring together a distinguished group of lecturers to address this important topic from an inter-professional perspective. By establishing this annual lecture, we hope to allow practitioners to come together and build on one another’s experiences, with the ultimate goal of achieving a better understanding of chronic face pain, and delivering improved patient care.

Chronic orofacial pain affects 7% of the general adult population and is a common complaint in dental and medical practice, where it often presents a challenge, both diagnostically and therapeutically. This inter-professional course aims at assisting health-care professionals, dental and medical, to manage face-pain patients better in general or specialty practice.

Symposium Lectures:

  • EGILIUS L. H. SPIERINGS, M.D., Ph.D.: Outline of the diagnosis and treatment of face pain
  • STEVEN J. SCRIVANI, D.D.S., D.Med.Sc.: Cranial-nerve examination as it relates to orofacial neuralgias and painful neuropathies
  • HARSHA V. GOPAL, M.D.: Sinus vacuum and intranasal contact as causes of face pain: diagnosis and treatment
  • RONALD J. KULICH, Ph.D.: Opioid-risk and substance abuse assessment of the patient with face pain
  • GEORGE E. MALONEY, D.M.D.: Peripheral non-neuropathic face pain: diagnosis and treatment of temporomandibular disorder
  • DAVID KEITH, D.M.D.: Off-label treatment of myofascial temporomandibular disorder with botulinum toxin

Learning Objectives

  • Develop a systematic approach to the diagnosis of face pain
  • Explain the various treatment modalities for face pain
  • Discuss the most common neuropathic face-pain conditions
  • Develop the ability to exam the face-pain patient from a neurological perspective
  • Distinguish the etiology of face pain related to the nose and sinuses
  • Describe the association of chronic orofacial pain with long-term opioid use
  • Develop the skill to assess the face-pain patient for opioid risk and substance abuse
  • Diagnose face pain from the perspective of temporomandibular disorder
  • Explain the treatment of myofascial temporomandibular disorder
  • Appraise off-label use of botulinum toxin for temporomandibular disorder

Planning Committee

  • Egilius Spierings, M.D., PH.D. Clinical Professor, TUSDM
  • Ronald Kulich, Ph.D. Professor, TUSDM
  • Samuel Ruth, M.S., Associate Director, TUSDM

Target Audience: PCPs, PAs, RNs, NP, Residents, Fellows, Medical Students, Dentists, Dental Health Professionals, Internists, Neurologists

Activity Goal: This course aims at assisting health-care professionals, dental and medical, to manage face-pain patients better in general or specialty practice.

This activity is designed to address the following ABMS/IOM competencies: Patient care, Medical knowledge 

Accreditation Statements


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

TUSM designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Risk Management

This activity meets the criteria of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine for 1 hour of Risk Management Credit.

Pain Management/Controlled Substances CDE Credit

This activity fulfills the MA Board of Registration in Dentistry requirement in order to obtain or renew dental license regarding: Effective pain management, Identification of patients at high risk for substance abuse, and Counseling patients about the side effects.


TUSDM designates this live activity for a Maximum of 7.5 ADA CERP credits.

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. Approval date 11/11- 12/15. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve of endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

Requirements for Successful Completion

To receive CE credit, participants must sign-in, attend the entire activity and complete and submit the activity evaluation provided in syllabus materials.  Certificates/statements of credit will be emailed/mailed within 4-6 weeks after the activity.

Disclosure: Disclosure information from faculty and all other persons in control of content will be provided to participants prior to the beginning of the educational activity.

Commercial Support & Exhibitors: A list of commercial supporters and exhibitors will be provided to participants in activity materials. 

ADA/OEO Nondiscrimination Policy: Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) considers all applicants and program participants without regard to race, color, national origin, age, religious creed, sex or sexual orientation.  TUSM is an Equal Opportunity Employer. TUSM does not discriminate on the basis of a disability in admissions, access to treatment, or employment in their programs and activities as identified in the American with Disabilities Act.  Please let us know in advance if you require any accommodations.

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For questions regarding AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, please contact Tufts University School of Medicine- Office of Continuing Education at med-oce@tufts.edu or 617-636-6579.