Disc Access Bio-Skills Lab - New Orleans, Louisiana
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 Export to Your Calendar 4/18/2020 to 4/19/2020
Where: United States

Online registration is available until: 4/18/2020
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Discography is an excellent diagnostic tool for every pain physicians’ armamentarium. Having the competence to use it effectively can be the decisive factor in surgical versus less invasive care options for your patients.

Hands-On Lab Training Will Include

  • Cervical Disc Access
  • Thoracic Disc Access
  • L1-L4 Disc Access
  • L5/S1 Disc Access

Lectures and Breakouts

  • Anatomy and Imaging
  • Indications, Techniques, and Evidence-based Patient Selection and Procedural Technique
  • Risk Mitigation, Complications and Case Management
  • Therapeutic Disc Interventions: Literature Update
  • Coding and Billing

The Spine Intervention Society thanks our volunteer instructors.

Course Director
Aaron Calodney, MD
Tyler, Texas

Lewis Frazier, Jr., MD
Plano, Texas

Milton H. Landers, DO, PhD
Wichita, Kansas

Lon J. Lutz, MD
St. Paul, Minnesota

Louis Saeger, MD
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Bradley Vilims, MD
Denver, Colorado

Stephen Winston, MD
Grand Rapids, Michigan


Saturday, April 18

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

Registration and Breakfast
7:15-7:50 a.m.

Introduction: Welcome and Expectations
7:50-8:00 a.m.

Lecture: Anatomy and Imaging
8:00-9:00 a.m.

Lecture: Indications and Techniques
9:00-10:45 a.m.

10:45-11:05 a.m.

Lecture: Risks and Complications
11:05 a.m.-12:05 p.m.

Lecture: Therapeutic Disc Interventions: Literature Review
12:05-12:35 p.m.

Lecture: Coding and Billing
12:35-12:50 p.m.

12:50-1:05 p.m.

1:05-1:45 p.m.

Bio-Skills Lab / Breakout Session: 75-Minute Rotations
1:45-3:00 p.m. - Rotation 1

3:00-4:15 p.m. - Rotation 2

4:15-5:30 p.m. - Rotation 3

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

Networking Reception at the Renaissance Arts New Orleans
6:00-7:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 19

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

7:30-8:00 a.m.

Bio-Skills Lab / Breakout Session: 75-Minute Rotations
8:00-9:15 a.m. - Rotation 4

9:15-10:30 a.m. - Rotation 5

Attendee Choice Practice Time
10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

12:15-12:45 p.m.

Course Adjourns
12:45 p.m.

Shuttle Departs LSU Russell C. Klein Center for New Orleans International Airport (MSY)
12:55 p.m.

Special Registration Rate Before Saturday, February 22, 2020

Physician Members - $3,095
After Friday, February 21, 2020 - $3,295
After Friday, March 20, 2020 - $3,495

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 and Networking Reception
Renaissance Arts New Orleans
700 Tchoupitoulas Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Room Rate: $189
Cut-off: Thursday, March 26, 2020, subject to availability
Click here for online reservations
Call 877.622.3056 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 12:55 p.m. directly from the course facility. Please make flight arrangements after 3:00 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 13 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 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 Thursday, March 19, 2020 to registration@SpineIntervention.org.

Attendee Preparation
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 Conduct@SpineIntervention.org.

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

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Hinsdale, Illinois 60521
P: 630.203.2252
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