International Outreach Course - Lumbar Hands-On Lab - Oslo, Norway
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5/18/2019 to 5/19/2019
When: 18-19 May 2019
Where: Oslo

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With this international outreach course, SIS is bringing hands-on lumbar intervention training to Oslo, Norway exclusively for SIS members based in Europe. You will participate in 8 hours of hands-on lab instruction with phantom spine models and 6.5 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 can click here to register online. European Residents and Fellows must download this form and complete all the fields on the registration form on page 4 and return with payment via email, fax, or mail as instructed on the form. 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 registration@SpineIntervention.orgDo not book hotel accommodations or airfare until you are confirmed for the course. Registration will not be processed without payment.

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 Training will include:

  • Needlecraft
  • C-Arm Utilization
  • Lumbar Injection Techniques
    • 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
Gisle Granhus, MD
Sandvika, Norway

Stephan Klessinger, MD
Bierbach, Germany

Timothy Maus, MD
Minnesota, U.S.A.

Marcello G. Meli, MD
Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Michiel Schepers, MD
Musculoskeletal Medicine
Delden, Netherlands


Saturday 18 May

Walk to Smerteterapeuten from the Thon Hotel Oslofjord

Registration / Morning Coffee

Welcome Remarks

Lecture: Anatomy and Imaging

Lecture: Indications and Techniques

Lecture: Risks and Complications

Lecture: Fluoroscopy Technical Considerations, Radiation Safety, and Needlecraft

Break Into Groups

Hands-On Lab: Needlecraft and C-Arm Positioning


Hands-On Lab / Breakout Session: 70-Minute Rotations

13:45-14:55 - Rotation 1

14:55-16:05 - Rotation 2


Hands-On Lab / Breakout Session: 70-Minute Rotations

16:15-17:25 - Rotation 3

17:25-18:35 - Rotation 4

Adjourn for the Day

Walk from Smerteterapeuten to Thon Hotel Oslofjord

Sunday 19 May

Walk to Smerteterapeuten from the Thon Hotel Oslofjord
Morning Coffee

Hands-On Lab / Breakout Session: 70-Minute Rotations

08:00-09:10 - Rotation 5

09:10-10:20 - Rotation 6


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

10:30-11:40 - Rotation 7

11:40-12:50 - Rotation 8


Course Adjourns

Otto Sverdrups vei 9
1337 Sandvika

Hotel Venue
Thon Hotel Oslofjord
Sandviksveien 184
1337 Sandvika
+47 67556600

Subject to availability, the special SIS room rate is 895 NOK per night and includes breakfast and taxes. To secure this rate, email by Friday 26 April 2019 and reference "Spine Intervention Society."

If flying to Oslo Airport (OSL), please arrange your own ground transportation to and from the hotel.

Registration Rates
SIS International Physician Member - $800 - Click Here to Register Online
SIS Fellow and Resident Member (residing outside North America) - $550 - Click Here to Download the Registration Form

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 14.5 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. 

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 Thursday 18 April 2019 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.

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
Disposable supplies provided by Avanos Medical

Fluoroscopic C-Arm(s) provided by GE Healthcare Norway

Radiation Safety provided by Scanrad Protection

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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