SIS 2020 European Congress - Dubrovnik, Croatia
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 Export to Your Calendar 5/23/2020 to 5/24/2020
When: 23-24 May 2020
Where: Sun Gardens Dubrovnik Hotel

Online registration is available until: 5/23/2020
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The SIS European Congress is a premier gathering for physicians interested in examining the evidence that underpins the latest trends in interventional pain medicine. Consisting of lectures, question and answer time, and networking events, the European Congress is a program every interventional physician will benefit from attending.

The 2020 European Congress takes place 23-24 May 2020 at the Sun Gardens Dubrovnik hotel, where attendees will enjoy Mediterranean gardens and three freshwater pools.

Sessions Include:

  • Ask the Experts
  • Basic SIS Approaches
  • Case Presentations
  • Innovations in Spine Interventions
  • Lumbar and Cervical Imaging Pearls
  • Top Posters Podium Presentations

Present your original research during the poster session at the Congress. Research abstracts for the poster presentation session will be accepted for review Mid-November 2019 through 13 January 2020.

PRECOURSES (separate registration required))

On Friday, 22 May 2020 the following precourses will also be available before the Congress:

Spine Imaging and Anatomic Correlation
09:00-17:00 (Three 2-hour sessions)
Chair: Timothy Maus, MD 
Instructors:  Timothy Maus, MD; Frank H. Willard, PhD

See the structures we target and the vulnerable structures we must avoid on expertly dissected and sagittally-sectioned cadavers and develop a greater three-dimensional understanding of the keys to success and the potential pitfalls of lumbar and cervical procedures.

SIS thanks the University of New England and Frank H. Willard, PhD for providing the cadavers used in this course.

09:00-11:00 - Rotation 1
12:30-14:30 - Rotation 2
15:00-17:00 - Rotation 3

History and Physical Examination for the Interventional Pain Physician
Schedule To Be Announced
Chair: Edvin Koshi, MD
Instructors: David J. "D.J." Kennedy, MD; Matthew Smuck, MD; John Tanner, MB BS

In this precourse, you will be instructed on how to conduct cervical and lumbar physical examinations on live “patients.” Before your hands-on training, you will explore the utility of physical exams, provocation tests, and neurological exams; and view actual exams via video vignettes.



Agenda To Be Announced

Registration Rates Before Saturday, 28 March 2020
Tier I International and North American Physician Members - $895
Tier II International Members - $595
Military Physicians, Fellows, Residents, and Medical Student Members - $345
Allied Health Professionals - $495
Non-member Physicians - $1,295

Register early and save. All Congress registration rates increase by $150 on 28 March 2020 and again on 25 April 2020.

Meeting and Hotel Accommodations
Sun Gardens Dubrovnik
Na Moru 1, 20234, Orašac, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Single Occupancy: €185
Double Occupancy: €195
Click HERE for online reservations

Dubrovnik International Airport (DBV) is located 35 kilometers from the Sun Gardens Dubrovnik hotel. Please arrange your own ground transportation to the hotel. The hotel can assist with ground transportation upon request.

Educational Objectives
Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to: 

  • Identify best practices to ensure patient safety during interventional spine procedures;
  • Apply new research findings to the practice of ethical, evidence-based interventional spine care;
  • Describe how strict diagnostic criteria and anatomically validated technique can improve outcomes and reduce healthcare costs;
  • Assess the limitations of spine interventions;
  • Discuss emerging interventional therapies and how they can be applied to patients;
  • Identify the utility and limitations of history, physical exam, and imaging in your diagnostic algorithm;
  • Cite the evidentiary basis for lumbar and cervical spine interventions.

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 10.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Target Audience
This live activity has been designed for individuals who are involved in the care of patients with spine pain.

Registration Open to All
The content of this course is geared towards physicians but registration is open to SIS members, non-member physicians, and mid-level staff.

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, 23 April 2020 to

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 European Congress 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.

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, Senior Director of Meetings and Education, 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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