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9/14/2018 to 9/16/2018
When: September 14-16, 2018
Where: Venel Institute / Historic Hotel Bethlehem
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 
United States

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Join SIS in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, September 14-16, 2018, to build your foundation for achieving optimal patient outcomes with evidence-based lumbar techniques. Whether you are beginning in the field or need a refresher, do not miss the opportunity to learn from renowned SIS instructors and practice on cadavers at the SIS Lumbar Bio-Skills Lab.

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
Timothy Maus, MD
Rochester, Minnesota

David Hollifield, MD
Snellville, Georgia 

Edvin Koshi, MD
Halifax, Canada

David Levi, MD
Virginia Beach, Virginia

Renée S. Melfi, MD
Syracuse, New York

Scott Naftulin, DO
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Vinil Shah, MD
San Francisco, California

Zeeshan Tayeb, MD
Cincinnati, Ohio

Brian F. White
Cooperstown, New York


Friday, September 14
Friday Lectures Are Held at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem

11:30 a.m.

 Registration / Box Lunch

12:00 p.m.

 Introduction - Welcome and Expectations


 Lecture: Spinal Imaging


 Lecture: Fluoroscopy Technical Considerations and Radiation Safely


 Lecture: Medial Branch Block




 Lecture: Transforaminal and Interlaminar Epidural Injections


 Lecture: Sacroiliac JointSacroiliac Joint


 Lecture: Risk Mitigation




 Lecture: Coding and Billing




 Adjourn for the Day


 Networking Reception at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem


Saturday, September 15
Lab Held at the Venel Institute

7:00 a.m.

 Shuttle Departs from the Historic Hotel Bethlehem




 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 the Venel Institute

Sunday, September 16
Lab Held at the Venel Institute

7:00 a.m.

 Shuttle Departs from the Historic Hotel Bethlehem




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


 Attendee Choice Practice Time




 Course Adjourns

11:50  Shuttle Departs the Venel Institute for Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE)

Lab Facility
Venel Institute
261 Brodhead Rd., Ste. 200
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18017

Friday Lectures/Networking Reception/Hotel Venue
Historic Hotel Bethlehem
437 Main Street
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18018
SIS Group Rate: $185
Call 610.625.5000 and mention “Spine Intervention Society”
Rate Expires Thursday, August 23, 2018, subject to availability.

Amidst 20 preserved early American structures and a charming main street, the Historic Hotel Bethlehem is the social cornerstone of Pennsylvania’s first National Registered Historic District.

Registration Rates
SIS/AAPM&R* Physician Member - $2,900
After Friday, July 20, 2018, registration fees - $3,050
Registration fees after Friday, August 24, 2018 - $3,200

SIS Fellow/Resident, Military Member - $1,450
After Friday, July 20, 2018, registration fees - $1,475
Registration fees after Friday, August 24, 2018 - $1,525

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

Upon arrival at Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE), please arrange your own ground transportation to the hotel. SIS provides bus transportation back to ABE on Sunday at 11:50 a.m. directly from the lab facility and typically arriving at ABE by 12:30 p.m. The Society recommends flight arrangements after 2:00 p.m. SIS does not provide transportation back to the hotel, to other airports, or to ABE 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
Registration is open to Spine Intervention Society members, including Fellows and Residents, who are board-certified or in the examination process for certification in: Anesthesiology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Radiology, Neurology, Orthopedic Surgery, or Neurosurgery.

Members who are not board-certified or eligible for certification 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 SIS education with this course.

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, August 15, 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 Avanos Medical, Inc.

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.

Code of Conduct
SIS has a zero-tolerance policy prohibiting any form of discrimination or harassment, including, but not limited to, offensive verbal or written comments related to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, gender identity, or gender expression; the display of sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following; harassing photography or recordings; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention.

All attendees, speakers, sponsors, staff, and volunteers at Society activities are required to agree to uphold this code of conduct during the event and in activity-related social events at off-site locations and in related online communities and social media.

If you experience harassment or hear of any incidents of unacceptable behavior, SIS asks that you inform either Margaret Klys, MJ, CAE, Executive Director/CEO, at  or +1.708.505.9416 or Anne Rounds, CMP, HMCC, Director of Meetings, at  or +1.415.385.7462.

Those who violate this Code of Conduct will be asked to cease any inappropriate behavior, are expected to comply immediately, and may be subject to sanctions up to and including expulsion from the activity without refund and prohibition from attendance at future Society activities.

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