International Outreach Course - Lumbar Hands-On Lab - Ioannina, Greece - SOLD OUT
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10/5/2018 to 10/6/2018
When: 5-6 October 2018
Where: Ioannina

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With this international outreach course, SIS is bringing hands-on lumbar intervention training to Ioannina, Greece exclusively for SIS members based in Europe. You will participate in 10.25 hours of hands-on lab instruction with phantom spine models and 4.25 hours of lectures, breakout sessions, and discussions with your instructors. The techniques you will learn and practice at this course will provide your foundation for achieving optimal patient outcomes.

Who May Attend
Registration is limited to:

  • SIS International Members
  • SIS Fellow Members (Residing Outside North America)
  • SIS Residents and Non-member Family Physicians (Residing Outside North America) Participation limited to Friday lecture only.

Not An SIS Member Yet?
Join at Spine Intervention Society membership is available to physicians and medical students worldwide. Members must be board-certified or pursuing certification in Anesthesiology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Radiology, Neurology, Orthopedic Surgery, or Neurosurgery—or demonstrate comparable qualifications in their country of residence. Membership is complimentary for Medical Students, Residents, and Fellows. 

Hands-On Lab Training
  • Needlecraft and C-Arm Utilization
  • Interlaminar Epidural Injection
  • Selective Transforaminal Epidural Injection: L1-L5
  • Diagnostic Facet Joint Injection: Medial Branch Blocks
  • Selective Transforaminal Epidural Injection: S1
  • Intra-articular Sacroiliac Joint
Lectures and Breakouts
  • Anatomy and Imaging
  • Indications and Outcomes Data
  • Techniques and Complications
  • Complications and Management
  • Radiation Safety
  • Normal and Abnormal Flow Patterns
Continuing Medical Education (CME)

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

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

SIS designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Spine Intervention Society Thanks Our Volunteer Instructors

Course Director
Edvin Koshi, MD
Halifax, Canada 

Michael B. Furman, MD, MS
Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Anthony Hammond, MD
Kent, United Kingdom

Avraam Ploumis, MD, PhD
Orthopedic Surgery
Ioannina, Greece

John Tanner, MB BS
Oving, United Kingdom



Friday, 5 October
Course Held at the K. Papoulias Conference Center, University of Ioannina 


Shuttle to the University of Ioannina from the Grand Serai Hotel




Welcome Remarks


Lecture: Status of Pain Medicine and Spinal Intervention in Greece


Lecture: Anatomy and Imaging for Spinal Interventionalists


Break/Box Lunch


Lecture: Indications and Outcome Data for Lumbar Spinal Injections


Lecture: Techniques and Complications


Lecture: Radiation Safety


Questions and Discussion of Cases from Instructors and Attendees




Hands-On Lab: Needlecraft


Hands-On Lab: C-Arm Utilization


Hands-On Lab / Breakout: 70-Minute Rotation


Adjourn for the Day

Shuttle to the Grand Serai Hotel from the University of Ioannina

Saturday, 6 October
Course Held at the K. Papoulias Conference Center, University of Ioannina


Shuttle to the University of Ioannina from the Grand Serai Hotel


Hands-On Lab / Breakout: 70-Minute Rotation


Hands-On Lab / Breakout: 70-Minute Rotation


Hands-On Lab / Breakout: 70-Minute Rotation




Hands-On Lab / Breakout: 70-Minute Rotation


Hands-On Lab / Breakout: 70-Minute Rotation




Hands-On Lab / Breakout: 70-Minute Rotation


Hands-On Lab / Breakout: 70-Minute Rotation


Course Adjourns


Shuttle to the Grand Serai Hotel from the University of Ioannina


Lab Facility

K. Papoulias Conference Center
University of Ioannina
S. Niarchos Avenue
45110 Ioannina Greece

Hotel and Transportation

Grand Serai Hotel
Dodonis 33
45332 Ioannina, Greece
+30 26510 90550
To secure the €72 single room per night, email: and and mention "SIS."

Registration Rates
  • SIS International Members - $590 U.S. Dollars - Click here to register online
  • SIS Fellow Members (Residing Outside North America) - $590 U.S. Dollars - Download this form and return with payment via email or fax 
  • SIS Residents and Non-member Family Physicians (Residing Outside North America) Participation limited to Friday lecture only. - $200 U.S. Dollars - Download this form and return with payment via email or fax

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 Do not book hotel accommodations or airfare until you are confirmed for the course. Registration will not be processed without payment.

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.

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

Attendee Preparation

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

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be requested within 21 days prior to the course for a refund less a $150 administrative fee. Cancellations made 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 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 and 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 all courses are used to further the Society’s mission.

In-Kind Commercial Support

Disposable supplies provided by:
Avanos Medical, Inc.

Course Materials

Materials presented at this course are 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. SIS reserves all rights to such material.

Photography Disclaimer

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.

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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