Advanced Lumbar Bio-Skills Lab - Denver/Aurora, Colorado
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5/18/2018 to 5/20/2018
When: May 18-20, 2018
Where: Science Care / The Brown Palace Hotel
Denver, Colorado 
United States

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Building on the foundation provided by SIS’s Lumbar Bio-Skills Lab, the Advanced Lumbar Bio-Skills Lab takes you to a higher level. Expand your knowledge and skill with 9 hours of hands-on lab training including rotations with expertly dissected cadavers.

Limited slots are available at significantly discounted rates for SIS Fellows, Residents, and Military Members.

Connect With Your Fellow Attendees
With a networking reception on the first evening of the course, SIS provides you opportunities to connect with your colleagues. Start building those connections right now on the SIS Advanced Lumbar Bio-Skills Lab Facebook event page or if you prefer, on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Hands-On Lab Training

  • L1-5 Transforaminal Epidural (subpedicular)/S1 Transforaminal Epidural
  • L1-5 Transforaminal Epidural (infraneural)
  • Medial Branch Block
  • Intra-articular Zygapophysial Joint
  • L1-4 Medial Branch Parallel Needle Placement
  • L5 Dorsal Ramus Parallel Needle Placement
  • Cadaveric Prosection
Lectures and Breakouts
  • Advanced Imaging - Lumbar Cases
  • Indications and Techniques
  • Risks and Complications
  • Spinal Innervation
  • Introduction to Radiofrequency Neurotomy
  • Coding and Billing
  • Contrast Pattern Analysis

Dissected specimens provided by and remain the property of University of New England, Anatomy Department, Biddeford, Maine, United States.

The Spine Intervention Society Thanks Our Volunteer Instructors

Course Director
Matthew Smuck, MD
Redwood City, California 

J. Scott Bainbridge, MD
Greenwood Village, Colorado

Rodney Jones, MD
Wichita, Kansas

Timothy Maus, MD
Rochester, Minnesota

G. Thomas Morgan, MD
Franklin, Tennessee

F.H. Willard, PhD
Biddeford, Maine


Friday, May 18
Lectures Are Held at The Brown Palace Hotel

11:30 a.m.

Registration / Box Lunch

12:00 p.m.

Introduction–Welcome and Expectations


Lecture: Spinal Innervation


Lecture: Advanced Imaging Cases


Lecture: Interpretation of Diagnostic Blocks


Lecture: Medial Branch Blocks




Lecture: Zygapophysial Joint Access


Lecture: Transforaminal Injections


Lecture: Coding and Billing




Adjourn for the Day


Networking Reception at Hotel


Saturday, May 19
Lab Held at Science Care

7:00 a.m.

Shuttle Departs from The Brown Palace Hotel




Lecture: Introduction to Radiofrequency Neurotomy


Break and Proceed to Rotations


Bio-Skills Lab / Breakout Session: 80-Minute Rotations



12:45 p.m

Bio-Skills Lab / Breakout Session: 80-Minute Rotations




Adjourn for the Day—Shuttle Departs from Science Care


Sunday, May 20
Lab Held at Science Care

7:00 a.m.

Shuttle Departs from The Brown Palace Hotel




Bio-Skills Lab / Breakout Session: 80-Minute Rotations



12:10 p.m.

Course Adjourns


Shuttle Departs Science Care for Denver International Airport (DEN)

Lab Facility
Science Care®
19301 E. 23rd Avenue
Aurora, Colorado 80011

Friday Lectures/Networking Reception/Hotel Venue
The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa

321 17th Street
Denver, Colorado 80202
SIS Group Rate: $199
Call 303.297.311 and mention “SIS Advanced Lumbar Bio-Skills Lab”
Rate Expires Thursday, April 26, 2018, subject to availability.
Click here for reservations.

At the corners of Broadway, Tremont and 17th Street, the Italian Renaissance-styled Brown Palace Hotel and Spa is home to some of the most celebrated downtown Denver restaurants.

Registration Rates
SIS Physician Member - $2,900
After Friday, March 23, 2018, registration fees - $3,050
Registration fees after Friday, April 27, 2018 - $3,200

SIS Fellow/Resident, Military Member - $1,450
After Friday, March 23, 2018, registration fees - $1,475
Registration fees after Friday, April 27, 2018 - $1,525

Due to the advanced nature of this course, prior to registering, Fellow and Resident members must contact the SIS office at or 630.203.2252.

Upon arrival into Denver International Airport (DEN), please arrange your own ground transportation to the Brown Palace Hotel and Spa. Taxis, rideshares, and rental cars are readily available at the airport. The hotel is an approximately 25-40 minute drive from the airport. Also at DEN, the Regional Transportation District’s A Line train offers a $9.00, 37-minute ride to Union Station where the Free 16th Street MallRide shuttle will take you to Tremont Street, one block from the hotel.

SIS provides transportation directly to DEN on Sunday at 12:15 p.m. from the Science Care® facility. Please make flight arrangements after 2:00 p.m. SIS does not provide transportation back to the hotel on Sunday after the course adjourn.

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 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 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, April 18, 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.

Code of Conduct
SIS has a zero-tolerance policy for 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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