APS Member Benefits

Membership in APS benefits your professional development, your colleagues, and people in pain. APS membership supports your continued professional development by providing peer-reviewed scientific and clinical publications and continuing education programs which examine pain from many perspectives. Join APS and experience collaboration among pain care professionals from widely diverse disciplines and settings. The membership application is also available for download. View the actions APS has taken on behalf of members and people in pain in 2012.

APS membership provides you with:

  • Access to the most comprehensive, evidence-based mix of pain science, research and clinical application.
  • A monthly subscription to The Journal of Pain.
  • A voice in advocacy around standards and quality of care.
  • Learning and collaboration opportunities with the best and the brightest researchers and clinicians in the country.
  • Peer-reviewed scientific and clinical publications and continuing education programs examining pain from many perspectives.
  • An expanded and diverse network of peers, leading the advancement of pain relief and management.
  • The knowledge to manage conversations about pain across disciplines.

By joining APS you will help advance quality of care for all pain patients by contributing your voice and support to members' efforts to

  • advocate for enlightened legislation and regulatory policies to improve the environment for pain treatment at the state and local levels.
  • work to elevate standards of pain care by developing and disseminating position statements and guidelines.
  • advocate to increase federal funding for pain research.
  • reach out to patient organizations, professional societies, and foundations to collaborate on common objectives for pain research and care.
  • work to educate colleagues about the importance of effective pain assessment and treatment.

APS offers unmatched resources for sharing best practices and peer-to-peer networking.

Membership Benefits


APS eNews provides monthly current news and information of interest to currently members. 

APS SmartBrief is a free weekly e-mail newsletter specifically designed to bring the most important and timely news stories on pain research, science, treatment, policy and trends.  SmartBrief provides easy-to-read summaries of articles relevant to your work, in one convenient newsletter.  Click here to opt-in today!

Annual Subscription to The Journal of Pain, the second-ranked pain journal worldwide, is published twelve times a year—providing a forum for scholarly presentation and commentaries on issues and controversies. It is cited in Index Medicus.®

As an APS member benefit, The Journal of Pain offers member-author benefits.  Necessary color figures appearing in member-authored articles are printed at no cost to the authors.

Members receive Principles of Analgesic Use in the Treatment of Acute Pain and Cancer Pain, a regularly updated reference guide offering concise descriptions of appropriate drug selection, variations in dosage among patients, rapid treatment of breakthrough pain and minimization of side effects

Educational Opportunities

The APS Annual Scientific Meeting offers educational programs on the most up-to-date treatment techniques and research discoveries.  Continuing education credit is available to attendees in four areas of disclipline: medicine, nursing, psychology, and pharmacy.  APS members receive a discount on annual meeting registration.

Continuing education opportunities at the annual scientific meeting, which routinely offers more than 30 symposia, plenary lectures, breakfast sessions, posters and exhibits, designed to appeal to a wide spectrum of specialists and interests.

Members-Only and Professional Development

Online membership directory, located online in our Members-Only area, features complete listings of all APS members alphabetically, geographically and by specialty.

Networking Opportunities abound at the annual meeting, in regional activities, committees, task forces, and other informal gatherings.

Shared Interests

Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) have been formed to allow members from all disciplines to gather, study and exchange views on areas of common interest. Shared Interest Groups meet at the Annual Scientific Meeting. Optional participation in SIGs is available to all members.

Regional societies offer members in most areas of the U.S. the option to participate in local or regional activities of APS's affiliates. Regional societies offer continuing education and networking opportunities and most also offer a regional newsletter. Membership in APS's regional societies is separate from national membership and dues are charged by individual regional affiliates.