Cervical Bio-Skills Lab - New Orleans, Louisiana
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11/8/2019 to 11/10/2019
When: November 8-10, 2019
Where: LSU Russell C. Klein Center / New Orleans Marriott
New Orleans, Louisiana 
United States

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Performing cervical interventional procedures is not simply moving from the back to the neck with a higher level of precision and care. When you attend the SIS Cervical Bio-Skills Lab, you will learn SIS’s evidence-based techniques specific to treating the challenging cervical region. With 9 hours of hands-on lab instruction, 7 hours of lecture and didactic time, and 1 hour of time dedicated to discussion between instructors and attendees, this course provides the foundation for the Advanced Cervical Course.

Practice These Cervical Injection Techniques Hands-On:

  • Interlaminar Epidurals
  • Transforaminal Epidurals
  • C3-6 Medial Branch Blocks
  • C7 Medial Branch Blocks
  • Third Occipital Nerve Blocks
  • Intra-articular Zygapophysial Joint Interventions

Explore Aspects of Proper C-Arm Utilization, Including:

  • Radiation Safety
  • Parallax Error
  • Fluoroscopic Anatomy in True Anteroposterior, Lateral, and Oblique Positions
  • Fluoroscopic Positioning for Cervical Procedures

Lectures and Breakouts

  • Cervical Anatomy, Imaging, and Imaging Correlation
  • Indications, Techniques, and Evidence-based Patient Selection and Procedural Technique
  • Risk Mitigation, Complications and Case Management
  • Coding and Billing

The Spine Intervention Society thanks our volunteer instructors.

Course Director
Joshua Rittenberg, MD
Oakland, California

Fred DeFrancesch, MD
LaPlace, Louisiana

Daniel Martin, MD
Richmond, Virginia

Kevin Martinez, MD
New Orleans, Louisiana

Timothy Maus, MD
Rochester, Minnesota

Adrian Popescu, MD
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Louis Saeger, MD
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Michael Sorensen, MD
Memphis, Tennessee

Jeffrey Summers, MD
Flowood, Mississippi

Patrick H. Waring, MD
New Orleans, Louisiana


Friday, November 8

Registration / Box Lunch
11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Introduction: Welcome and Expectations
12:00-12:15 p.m.

Lecture: Spinal Imaging
12:15-1:00 p.m.

Lecture: Cervical Transforaminal Epidural Injections
1:00-1:20 p.m.

Lecture: Cervical Interlaminar Injections
1:20-1:40 p.m.

Debate: Cervical Transforaminal vs. Interlaminar Epidural Injections
1:40-2:00 p.m.

Lecture: C3-6 and C7 Medial Branch Blocks / Third Occipital Nerve Blocks
2:00-2:45 p.m.

2:45-3:15 p.m.

Lecture: Intra-articular Zygapophysial Joint Injections
3:15-3:30 p.m.

Lecture: Risk Mitigation
3:30-4:00 p.m.

Lecture: Coding and Billing
4:00-4:30 p.m.C

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Adjourn for the Day
5:30 p.m.

Networking Reception at the New Orleans Marriott
5:45-6:45 p.m.

Saturday, November 9

Shuttle Departs from the New Orleans Marriott to LSU Russell C. Klein Center
7:00 a.m.
7:30-8:00 a.m.

Hands-On Lab

8:00-9:30 a.m. - C-Arm Utilization

9:30-10:00 a.m.

Bio-Skills Lab / Breakout Session: 65-Minute Rotations

10:00-11:05 a.m. - Rotation 1

11:05 a.m.-12:10 p.m. - Rotation 2

12:10-1:15 p.m. - Rotation 3

1:15-2:15 p.m.

Bio-Skills Lab / Breakout Session: 65-Minute Rotations

2:15-3:20 p.m. - Rotation 4

3:20-4:25 p.m. - Rotation 5

4:25-5:30 p.m. - Rotation 6

Adjourn for the Day - Shuttle Departs from LSU Russell C. Klein Center to the New Orleans Marriott
5:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 10

Shuttle Departs from the New Orleans Marriott to LSU Russell C. Klein Center
7:00 a.m.

7:30-8:00 a.m.

Bio-Skills Lab / Breakout Session: 65-Minute Rotations

8:00-9:05 a.m. - Rotation 7

9:05-10:10 a.m. - Rotation 8

Attendee Choice Practice Time
10:10-11:10 a.m.
11:10 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Course Adjourns
12:00 p.m.
Shuttle Departs LSU Russell C. Klein Center for New Orleans International Airport (MSY)
12:10 p.m.

Special Registration Rate Before Saturday, September 14, 2019

Physician Members - $3,050
After Friday, September 13, 2019 - $3,200
After Friday, October 18, 2019 - $3,350

SIS Fellow/Resident, Military Member - $1,525
After Friday, September 13, 2019 - $1,550
After Friday, October 18, 2019 - $1,600

Due to the advanced nature of this course, prior to registering, Fellow and Resident members must contact the SIS office at registration@SpineIntervention.org or 630.203.2252, extension 102, for a credentials review prior to registering.

Hotel Venue/Friday Lectures and Networking Reception
New Orleans Marriott
555 Canal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Room Rate: $199
Cut-off: Thursday, October 17, 2019, subject to availability
Call 888.236.2427 and mention "Spine Intervention Society"

Russell C. Klein Center for Advanced Practice
LSU School of Medicine, Lions Building
2020 Gravier Street, 5th Floor
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112

If flying to New Orleans International Airport (MSY), please arrange your own ground transportation to the New Orleans Marriott. SIS will provide transportation back to MSY on Sunday at 12:10 p.m. directly from the course facility. Please make flight arrangements after 2:00 p.m. SIS does not provide transportation to the airport prior to that time, or any transportation back to the hotel.

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 American Medical Association has determined that physicians not licensed in the US to participate in this CME activity are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

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, Neurosurgery, or Orthopedic Surgery. 

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: education@SpineIntervention.org.

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, October 9, 2019 to registration@SpineIntervention.org.

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 disclosure policy requires everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity has disclosed all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest to the provider. The ACCME defines “‘relevant’ financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest.

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

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 mklys@SpineIntervention.org or +1.708.505.9416 or Anne Rounds, CMP, HMCC, Director of Meetings, at arounds@SpineIntervention.org 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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