Lumbar Bio-Skills Lab - Long Beach, California
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 Export to Your Calendar 2/9/2018 to 2/11/2018
When: February 9-11, 2018
Where: Science Care / Renaissance Long Beach Hotel
Long Beach, California 
United States

Online registration is available until: 2/9/2018
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Lumbar techniques are the groundwork of interventional procedures and create the foundation for optimal patient outcomes. Whether you are beginning in the field or need a refresher, this course is essential. The course is comprised of 9 hours of hands-on lab instruction, 7 hours of lecture and breakout sessions, and 1 hour of time dedicated discussion between instructors and attendees. It prepares the student for the Advanced Lumbar Bio-Skills Lab and all other advanced courses. During this 17-hour lumbar procedures course the following techniques will be taught.

Hands-On Lab Training

  • Needlecraft
  • C-Arm Utilization
  • Interlaminar Epidural
  • L1-5 Transforaminal Epidural (subpedicular)
  • Medial Branch Block
  • S1 Transforaminal Epidural
  • Sacroiliac Joint

Lectures and Breakouts

  • Anatomy and Imaging
  • Indications and Techniques
  • Risks and Complications
  • Fluoroscopy Technical Considerations
  • Radiation Safety
  • Coding and Billing
  • Complications and Management

The Spine Intervention Society thanks our volunteer instructors.

Course Director
Alison Stout, DO
Kirkland, Washington

Stephen H. Barkow, MD
Dana Point, California

Vlad Djuric, MD
Oakville, Ontario

Stephen Endres, MD
Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Timothy J. Kaufmann, MD
Rochester, Minnesota

Milton H. Landers, DO, PhD
Wichita, Kansas

Adrian Popescu, MD
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

David Sibell, MD
Portland, Oregon

Jaspal Ricky Singh, MD
New York, New York


Friday, February 9
Friday Lectures Are Held at Renaissance Long Beach Hotel

11:30 a.m.

Registration / Box Lunch

12:00 p.m.

Introduction - Welcome and Expectations


Lecture: Spinal Inamging


Lecture: Fluoroscopy Technical Considerations and Radiation Safely


Lecture: Medial Branch Block




Lecture: Transforaminal and Interlaminar


Lecture: Sacroiliac Joint


Lecture: Risk Mitigation




Lecture: Coding and Billing




Adjourn for the Day


Networking Reception at Renaissance Long Beach Hotel


Saturday, February 10
Lab Held at Science Care

7:00 a.m.

Shuttle Departs from Renaissance Long Beach Hotel




Hands-on Lab: Needlecraft


Hands-on Lab: C-Arm Utilization




Bio-Skills Lab / Breakout Session: 70-Minute Rotations

1:20 p.m.



Bio-Skills Lab / Breakout Session: 70-Minute Rotations


Adjourn for the Day—Shuttle Departs from Science Care

Sunday, February 11
Lab Held at Science Care

7:00 a.m.

Shuttle Departs from Renaissance Long Beach Hotel




Bio-Skills Lab / Breakout Session: 70-Minute Rotations


Attendee Choice Practice Time




Course Adjourns

11:50 Shuttle Departs Science Care for Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

Hotel Accommodations
Renaissance Long Beach Hotel
111 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802
Group Rate: $209
Cut-off: Thursday, January 18, 2018, subject to availability
Code: SIS

Science Care®
3929 E. Conant St.
Long Beach, CA 90808

Registration Rates
SIS/AAPM&R* Physician Member - $2,900
After Friday, December 15, 2017, registration fees - $3,050
Registration fees after Friday, January 19, 2018 - $3,200

SIS Fellow/Resident, Military Member - $1,450
After Friday, December 15, 2017, registration fees - $1,475
Registration fees after Friday, January 19, 2018 - $1,525

*AAMPM&R members must contact the SIS office for verification before registration can be accepted. Call 630.203.2252 or email for details.

There are three airports that service the Long Beach area-Los Angles International Airport (LAX) which is 25 minutes from the hotel, John Wayne Airport (SNA) which is 35 minutes from the hotel, and Long Beach Airport (LGB) which is 15 minutes from the hotel.

Upon arrival at the airport, please arrange your own ground transportation to the hotel. The Society will provide transportation back to LAX on Sunday at 11:50 a.m. directly from the facility. Please make flight arrangements after 2:00 p.m. We will not provide Sunday transportation back to the hotel, to other airports, or to LAX prior to that time.

Educational Objectives
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Analyze the imaging depiction of the relevant anatomy;
  • Relate patient history and physical exam findings with imaging to achieve a likely diagnosis of the spinal pathology causing the patient’s pain or dysfunction;
  • Describe the literature support for the efficacy of the procedures;
  • Identify the risks and benefits of each procedure, as well as assessment, prevention, and treatment of potential complications;
  • Apply technically correct performance of the spinal procedures using safe fluoroscopic guidance with minimal tissue injury or discomfort.

Continuing Medical Education (CME)
The Spine Intervention Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Spine Intervention Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 17 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

The Spine Intervention Society advises participants to continue to obtain proctoring, mentoring, and additional experience prior to treating patients.

Target Audience
This live activity has been designed for physicians who perform spine intervention procedures.

The Spine Intervention Society strongly advises that members are proficient in the lumbar spine before progressing to cervical techniques and other advanced interventional procedures. 

Who May Attend
Spine Intervention Society members who are board-certified or in the examination process for certification in the following specialties: Anesthesiology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Radiology, Neurology, Orthopedic Surgery, and Neurosurgery. 

Members who are not board-certified or eligible in these specialties must have either completed or be currently enrolled in a pain fellowship accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and begin education with SIS with the Lumbar Bio-Skills Lab.

Requirements for Fellow and Resident Members
Fellow and Resident members who wish to take this course must be board-eligible in one of the above six specialties and are required to have previously taken the SIS Lumbar Bio-Skills Lab. Fellow and Resident members who are currently board-certified in one of the above six specialties may submit a waiver request to start instruction with this course. Waiver requests must include a statement from a Program Director attesting to the member’s skill level. Waiver requests must be submitted via email to:

Special Accommodations
SIS only contracts with facilities that are in compliance with the U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and also strives to meet the needs of all diets with food provided to participants during the course. All ADA accommodations and/or dietary requests should be submitted by Wednesday, January 10, 2018 to

Attendee Preparation
Prior to attendance, participants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Spine Intervention Society-sanctioned materials that will be emailed at least one week prior to the course and the SIS's Practice Guidelines for Spinal Diagnostics and Treatment Procedures, 2nd Edition. Attendees will receive copies of the presented lectures upon completion of the course. 

During lab time, attendees should dress in casual attire or scrubs and closed-toed shoes. Leaded aprons and thyroid shields will be provided; please bring your own protective eyewear.

Registration Information
Registration is required and accepted on a first come, first served basis. Registrants will be confirmed via email. If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact the office. Do not book hotel accommodations or airfare until you are confirmed for the course.

Cancellation Policy
The Spine Intervention Society requires cancellation at least 21 days prior to the course to receive a refund less a $150 administrative fee. Cancellation less than 21 days prior will result in forfeiture of all fees. SIS reserves the right to cancel this event due to circumstances beyond its control. The Society assumes no financial obligation to registrants for possible costs incurred.

Disclosure Policy
SIS plans and implements educational activities in accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Criteria and Standards for Commercial Support to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor. As an ACCME-accredited provider, the Society’s policy requires program speakers, moderators, committee chairs, committee members, planners, and staff to disclose all financial relationships they may have or have had within the last twelve (12) months with commercial interests whose products or services may impact their presentation.

The Instructor Development Committee Chair reviews all disclosures prior to presentation and has a process of resolution that, if not satisfied, results in the removal of the speaker. The intent of this policy is not to prevent expert speakers with relevant relationship(s), with commercial interest(s), or other interests from involvement in CME but rather to ensure that the Society’s CME activities promote quality and safety, are effective in improving medical practice, are based on valid content, and are independent from commercial interests and free of commercial bias. Disclosure information will be made available to all participants at this meeting. Speakers are also required to disclose this information to the participants verbally and on the introductory slide at the beginning of each presentation.

To ensure the integrity of members, volunteers, and leaders, and to maintain public confidence, SIS has adopted a policy of uniform disclosure of financial relationships. Any individual participating in a sponsored activity must disclose to the audience any financial relationship in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g. stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit. Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities for which remuneration is received or expected.

Commercial Support Disclosure
The Society fully complies with all ACCME requirements for commercial support and maintains a separation of promotion from education. The content or format of SIS CME activities, or its related materials, promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest. The Spine Intervention Society is a non-profit medical society. Revenues from this and all courses are used for future research and educational endeavors.

In-Kind Commercial Support
Fluoroscopic C-Arm(s) provided by Ziehm Imaging, Inc.

Disposable supplies provided by Halyard Health

Course Materials Copyright
Materials presented at this course have been made available by the Spine Intervention Society for educational purposes only. No distribution or reproductions of any kind, including audio and video recordings, may be made of the presentations. We reserve all rights to such material.

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