Lumbar Bio-Skills Lab - Long Beach, California
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2/22/2020 to 2/23/2020
Where: United States

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Earn 19* CME credits building your foundation for achieving optimal patient outcomes. Whether you are beginning in the field or need a refresher, the 11.5 hours of hands-on cadaver training you’ll receive in this course are essential.

Your hands-on lab learning will be exclusively on Saturday and Sunday, so you won’t have to sacrifice a single valuable weekday away from your patients.

New for 2020, when you register for the SIS Lumbar Bio-Skills Lab you will receive exclusive online access to SIS’s Guidelines-based lumbar lecture modules. An integral part of the program, they must be successfully completed prior to attempting the hands-on portions of the lab—enhancing the rigor of your learning experience.


  • Anatomy, Technique, and the Evidence Base
    • Interlaminar Epidural Injections
    • Transforaminal Epidural Steroid Injections (Supraneural)
    • Medial Branch Blocks
    • S1 Transforaminal Epidural Injections
    • Sacroiliac Joint Injections
  • Lumbar Anatomy
  • Needlecraft
  • Principles of Fluoroscopy and Radiation Safety
  • Steroid Preparations for Transforaminal Epidural Injections: Safety and Efficacy


  • Needlecraft
  • Lumbar Injection Techniques
    • Interlaminar Epidural
    • L1-5 Transforaminal Epidural (Subpedicular)
    • Medial Branch Block
    • S1 Transforaminal Epidurals
    • Sacroiliac Joint


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


  • Case Presentations
  • Coding and Billing
  • Complications and Management
  • Imaging

*Upon successful completion of the online modules, 5.5 hours of CME credit will be issued on the SIS online learning platform, separate from CME credit earned at the live course.

The Spine Intervention Society thanks our volunteer instructors.

Course Director
Alison Stout, DO
Kirkland, Washington

Allen Chen, MD, MPH
Santa Monica, California

Stephen Endres, MD
Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Timothy Kaufmann, MD
Rochesher, Minnesota

W. David Mauck, MD
Rochester, Minnesota

Timothy Maus, MD
Kihei, Hawaii

Renée S. Melfi, MD
Syracuse, New York

Miguel Pupiales, MD
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Jaspal Ricky Singh, MD
New York, New York


Saturday, February 22

Shuttle Departs from the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel to Science Care
6:45 a.m.

Registration / Breakfast
7:00-7:30 a.m.

Welcome Remarks and Expectations
7:30-7:40 a.m.

Lecture: Spinal Imaging
7:40-8:25 a.m.

8:25-8:50 a.m.

Break Into Groups
8:50-9:00 a.m.

Hands-On Lab

9:00-10:00 a.m. - Needlecraft

10:00-11:30 a.m. - C-Arm Utilization

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

11:30 a.m.-12:40 p.m. - Rotation 1

12:40-1:25 p.m.

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

1:25-2:35 p.m. - Rotation 2

2:35-3:45 p.m. - Rotation 3

3:45-4:05 p.m.

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

4:05-5:15 p.m. - Rotation 4

Lecture: Billing and Coding
5:15-5:30 p.m.

5:30-5:45 p.m.

Adjourn for the Day - Shuttle Departs from Science Care to the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel
5:45 p.m.

Networking Reception at the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel
6:15-7:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 23

Shuttle Departs from the Renaissance Long Beach Hotel to Science Care
7:00 a.m.

7:30-8:00 a.m.

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

8:00-9:10 a.m. - Rotation 5

9:10-10:20 a.m. - Rotation 6

10:20-10:40 a.m.

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

10:40-11:50 a.m. - Rotation 7

Attendee Choice Practice Time

11:50 a.m.-12:40 p.m.

12:40-1:00 p.m.
Course Adjourns
1:00 p.m.
Shuttle Departs Science Care for Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
1:10 p.m.

Special Registration Rate Before Saturday, December 28, 2019

SIS/AAPM&R* Physician Members - $3,295
After Friday, December 27, 2019 - $3,495
After Friday, January 24, 2020 - $3,695

SIS Fellow/Resident, Military Member - $1,649
After Friday, December 27, 2019 - $1,749
After Friday, January 24, 2019 - $1,849

*AAPM&R members must contact the SIS office for verification before registration can be accepted. Call 630.203.2252 extension 102 or email for details.

Hotel Venue and Networking Reception
Renaissance Long Beach Hotel
111 East Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, California 90802
Room Rate: $179
Cut-off: Friday, February 7, 2020, subject to availability
Click HERE for online reservation
Call 877.622.3056 and mention "Spine Intervention"

Science Care®
3929 East Conant Street
Long Beach, California 90808

There are three airports that service the Long Beach area-Los Angles International Airport (LAX) which is 25 minutes from the hotel, John Wayne Airport (SNA) which is 35 minutes from the hotel, and Long Beach Airport (LGB) which is 15 minutes from the hotel

Upon arrival at the airport, please arrange your own ground transportation to the hotel. The Society will provide transportation back to LAX on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. directly from the facility. Please make flight arrangements after 4:00 p.m. We will not provide Sunday transportation back to the hotel, to other airports, or to LAX prior to that time.

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

The Spine Intervention Society designates this enduring material for a maximum of 5.5 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.

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 this course. 

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, January 23, 2020 to

Attendee Preparation
At least one month prior to your attendance, you will be granted exclusive online access to SIS’s Guidelines -based lecture modules for this course. These online lecture video modules are an integral part of the program and must be successfully completed prior to attempting the hands-on portions of the lab—enhancing the rigor of your learning experience. CME credit for these online activities will be awarded separately for each completed module, and apart from credit earned via the live on-site lectures and through hands-on lab learning.

You can expect an email from the Society at least one week before the course. This message will contain educational and logistical information that we encourage you to review prior to attending. Upon completion of the course, you will also receive access to the final versions of the lectures that were presented.

Everyone attending our courses should be familiar with the SIS Practice Guidelines—the comprehensive compendium on evidence-based spine intervention. A print-only publication available by mail-order, the book includes detailed, illustrated depictions of needle placement and injectate flow patterns for cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral procedures.

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 does not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment including, but not limited to: inappropriate comments on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, gender identity, or gender expression; the display of inappropriate or sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following; harassing photography or recordings; sustained disruption of presentations or other events; inappropriate physical contact or 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, in activity-related social events at on-site or off-site locations, and in related online communities and social media. 

To report a violation of our Code of Conduct, please send an email to SIS senior staff at

Reports will be investigated, and appropriate action will be taken.

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