Advanced Cervical Bio-Skills Lab - Memphis, Tennessee - SOLD OUT
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3/9/2018 to 3/11/2018
When: March 9-11, 2018
Where: Medical Education & Research Institute (MERI) / Westin Memphis Beale Street
Memphis, Tennessee 
United States

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For 2018, SIS's Advanced Cervical Bio-Skills Lab includes a new Shoulder Ultrasound (US) station where you will receive instruction on suprascapular nerve blocks and glenohumeral joint/subacromial bursa Injections. Stations including Contrast Pattern Analysis and Cadaveric Prosection round out the weekend schedule.

This course is only for those who have a solid foundation in lumbar and cervical interventions, and who are seeking to refine their technique and broaden their practice.

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 Cervical Facebook event page or if you prefer, on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Hands-On Lab Training

  • US-Guided Suprascapular Nerve Block and Glenohumeral Joint/Subacromial Bursa Injection
  • Third Occipital Nerve Block/Radiofrequency Neurotomy
  • C3-6 Medial Branch Block/Radiofrequency Neurotomy
  • C7 Medial Branch Block/Radiofrequency Neurotomy
  • Cervical Transforaminal Epidural
  • C1-2 Atlanto-Axial Joint Injection
  • Cadaveric Procesion
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

The Spine Intervention Society thanks our volunteer instructors.

Course Director
John Carrino, MD, MPH
New York, New York

Nicholas Fuller, MD
Beverly Hills, California

Graf Hilgenhurst, MD
Brentwood, Tennessee

David G. Hollifield, MD
Snellville, Georgia

Alison Stout, DO
Kirkland, Washington

F.H. Willard, PhD
Biddeford, Maine


Friday, March 9
Lectures Are Held at Westin Memphis Beale Street

11:30 a.m.

  Registration / Box Lunch

12:00 p.m.

 Introduction–Welcome and Expectations


 Lecture: Spinal Innervation


 Lecture: Advanced Imaging - Cervical Cases




 Lecture: Cervical MBB / TON


 Lecture: C1-2 AA


 Lecture: Cervical Transforaminal


 Lecture: Shoulder Overlapping Diagnosis-US Interventions




 Lecture: Risk Mitigation


 Lecture: Coding and Billing




 Adjourn for the Day


 Networking Reception at Westin Memphis Beale Street


Saturday, March 10
Lab Held at MERI

7:00 a.m.

 Shuttle Departs from Westin Memphis Beale Street




 Lecture: Introduction to Radiofrequency Neurotomy


 Break and Proceed to Rotations


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

12:40 p.m.



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


 Adjourn for the Day - Shuttle Depart from MERI


Sunday, March 11
Lab Held at MERI

7:00 a.m.

 Shuttle Departs from Westin Memphis Beale Street




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


 Attendee Choice Practice Time



12:00 p.m.

 Course Adjourns


 Shuttle Departs Science Care for Memphis International Airport (MEM)

Hotel Accommodations
Westin Memphis Beale Street
170 Lt. George W. Lee Ave.
Memphis, TN 83103
Group Rate: $179
Cut-off: Thursday, February 15, 2018, subject to availability
Call 800.937.8461 and mention "SIS"
Click here for reservations

Medical Education & Research Institute (MERI)
44 S. Cleveland
Memphis, TN 38104

Registration Rates
SIS Physician Member - $2,900
After Friday, January 12, 2018, registration fees - $3,050
Registration fees after Friday, February 16, 2018 - $3,200

This course is only for those who have a solid foundation in lumbar and cervical interventions, and are seeking to refine their technique and broaden their practice.

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.

If flying to Memphis International Airport (MEM), please arrange your own ground transportation to the Westin Memphis Beale Street.

SIS provides transportation directly to MEM on Sunday at 12:10 p.m. from the MERI facility. Please make flight arrangements after 2:00 p.m. SIS does not provide transportation back to the hotel on Sunday after the course adjourns.

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, February 7, 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

Photography Authorization
I agree to hold harmless and indemnify the Society from any and all claims involving the use of my picture or likeness. The Society reserves the right to use any photographs or videos taken at SIS events without the expressed written permission of those included within. The Society may record your likeness, image, voice, sound effects, interview, and performance and edit and incorporate such recording into formats, including but not limited to, educational, literary, and/or promotional materials such as advertising, website, and social media content with or without the participant’s name.

SIS shall retain final editorial, artistic, and technical control of the recording and content from any event and may use and authorize others to use the recording, and any portions thereof, in all markets, manner, and media, whether now known or hereafter developed. SIS and/or its successors and assignees, shall own all rights, title, and interest, including the copyright, in and to the recording and related materials to be used and disposed of without limitation, as SIS shall determine.

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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