ASPN Poster to Podium Development Program

Application deadline August 30, 2023

The American Society of Pain and Neuroscience (ASPN) is firmly committed to delivering mentorship programs tailored to empower ASPN members. By honing the scientific grasp, fostering patient engagement, and amplifying the clinical application of pain medicine treatments, our programs serve as stepping stones for advancement. The Poster to Podium (P-to-P) program is a prime example. Explicitly designed for clinicians already in practice, the P-to-P program seeks to elevate the profiles of early-career pain medicine specialists, equipping them with the tools and opportunities to ascend into leadership roles.

Over the span of 12 months, P-to-P participants delve deep into research projects. The journey begins with a poster presentation mid-year and culminates in an oral address at the ASPN annual meeting. Throughout this phase, mentors are on hand to offer project guidance and assess advancements. In addition, participants are enriched by seminars that sharpen vital skills – public speaking, academic writing, and presentation craftsmanship. Their clinical prowess is further augmented during research development sessions.

On completion of the P-to-P program, graduates are welcomed into the faculty fold, enabling them to guide ensuing participants. This two-way exchange benefits not just the mentees, but also fuels the professional ascent and career trajectory of the alumni. P-to-P graduates thus emerge as a vibrant ensemble of leaders and orators, echoing the values of ASPN, and proving indispensable to the medical industry, professional societies, and panel discussions at conferences.

For questions about participation, contact Dr. Erika Petersen, Dr. Melissa Murphy, Dr. Ashley Bailey-Classen, or Dr. Dawood Sayed.

“The exposure to such an expansive knowledge base and the connections made while in this program have been truly invaluable. It has been an honor and a privilege to be included in such a talented group of physicians.”

Ashley Bailey-Classen, DO
Trinity Interventional Pain and Spine | Fort Worth, TX

“This has been an extremely eye-opening experience. The mentorship from the KOLs of Pain medicine has been invaluable.”

Dr. Sahil Gupta
Senior Associate Consultant, Mayo Clinic | Jacksonville, FL

“It has been a very informative journey learning from the stalwarts in the field. This experience has provided me with an opportunity to hone skills that go beyond clinical practice. I would recommend every young physician such as myself to be a part of it.”

Dr. Sameer Jain
Pain Treatment Centers of America | Little Rock, AR

“The Poster to Podium program changed my life in a very impactful way. It opened up doors for me to connect with senior physician scientists, researchers, speakers, and leaders in the field and get involved in cutting edge research in neuromodulation. The P2P curriculum is also practical and helpful in coaching our speaking and presentation skills. The P2P program has taken my career to the next level.” 

Melissa Murphy, MD, MPH
North Texas Orthopedics and Spine Center | Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

“A great program for young innovators. Establish connections with some of the biggest names in pain as well as industries in various branches of pain management. Learn to do research under the guidance of a mentor. Great time investment.”

Adam Rupp, MD
Rehabilitation medicine resident | University of Kansas City

“P2P has given me the opportunity to directly engage with leaders in the field in an informal and fun setting–it’s been tremendously helpful with advancing my own career.”

Daniel Pak, MD, MPH
Weill Cornell Medical College | New York, NY

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Please use the form below to apply for the Poster to Podium Development Program



Affirmation: If chosen for the 2023-2024 ASPN Poster-to-Podium program, I agree to create a formal development plan, participate in training and all P-2-P program meetings, meet with my mentor during the 2023-2024 year, and satisfy the P-to-P project requirements. *

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