Comprehensive Bio-Skills Lab: Individualized Instruction for Skill Set Development -Aurora, Colorado
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 Export to Your Calendar 8/29/2020 to 8/30/2020
When: August 29-30, 2020
Where: United States

Online registration is available until: 8/29/2020
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The SIS Comprehensive Bio-Skills lab is a unique opportunity to learn the techniques most important to you from master SIS instructors. This hands-on lab is the only course where you choose the techniques you want to practice. Spend over 11 hours in lab rotations, receiving small-group instruction on techniques (excluding neuromodulation) from SIS’s Practice Guidelines for Spinal Diagnostic & Treatment Procedures.

The size of this course has been reduced to follow current social distancing guidance. Additional Covid-19 protocols can be found by clicking here or in the Code of Conduct/Covid-19 Protocols section.

Hands-On Lab Techniques Include:

  • Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar:
    • Transforaminal Injections
    • Intra-articular Zygapophysial Joint Injections
    • Interlaminar Epidural Injections
    • Medial Branch Blocks
    • Disc Access
    • Radiofrequency Neurotomy
  • C1-C2 Atlanto-Axial Joint Injection
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injection


The Spine Intervention Society thanks our volunteer instructors.

Course Director
Joshua Rittenberg, MD
Oakland, California

J. Scott Bainbridge, MD
Greenwood Village, Colorado

Fred DeFrancesch, MD
LaPlace, Louisiana

Lewis Frazier, Jr., MD
Plano, Texas

David G. Hollifield, MD
Snellville, Georgia

Milton H. Landers, DO, PhD
Wichita, Kansas

Bradley Vilims, MD
Denver, Colorado


Saturday, August 29

Shuttle Departs from the Hilton Denver City Center to Science Care
7:00 a.m.
Registration and Breakfast
7:30-7:50 a.m.

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

Bio-Skills Lab Rotation
8:00-10:30 a.m.

10:30-10:45 a.m.

Bio-Skills Lab Rotation
10:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

1:15-2:00 p.m.

Bio-Skills Lab Rotation
2:00-4:30 p.m.

Bio-Skills Lab Rotation
4:30-5:15 p.m.

Adjourn for the Day - Shuttle Departs from Science Care to Hilton Denver City Center
5:15 p.m

Networking Reception at the Hilton Denver City Center
5:45-6:45 p.m.


Sunday, August 30

Shuttle Departs from the Hilton Denver City Center to Science Care
7:00 a.m.

7:30-8:00 a.m.

Bio-Skills Lab Rotation
8:00-9:45 a.m.

9:45-10:00 a.m.

Bio-Skills Lab Rotation
10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

12:30-1:00 p.m.

Course Adjourns
1:00 p.m.

Shuttle Departs Science Care for Denver International Airport (DEN)
1:10 p.m.

Registration and Hotel Details 

Registration Rate

Physician Members - $4,495

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

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, unless the cancellation is due to Covid-19 illness, symptoms, or exposure. 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.

Hotel Venue/Friday Lectures and Networking Reception
Hilton Denver City Center
1701 California Street
Denver, Colorado, 80202
Room Rate: $129
Cut-off: Thursday, August 13, 2020, subject to availability
Click HERE for online reservations
Call 855.686.8871 and mention "SIS"

Science Care®
19301 East 23rd Avenue
Aurora, Colorado 80011


If flying to Denver International Airport (DEN), please arrange your own ground transportation to the hotel.

Taxis and rental cars are readily available at the airport. The hotel is an approximately 25-40 minute drive from the airport. Also at DEN, the Regional Transportation District’s A Line train offers a $9.00, 37-minute ride to Union Station where the Free 16th Street MallRide shuttle will take you to Tremont Street, one block from the hotel.

On Sunday at 1:10 p.m., after the completion of the course, SIS provides transportation to Denver International Airport directly from the Science Care facility. Please make flight arrangements after 3:00 p.m. SIS does not provide transportation to the airport prior to that time, or transportation back to the hotel.

Educational Objectives/CME Credits

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 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:

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, May 14, 2020 to

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.


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/Covid-19 Protocols

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.

Covid-19 Protocols - As of July 1, 2020
The Spine Intervention Society (SIS) considers the health and well-being of our attendee, staff, and volunteers as a priority.  With that in mind, we want to do anything in our power to minimize the risks of COVID-19 at our events.

We will only use facilities that ensure the following criteria are met:

~Disinfectants that are believed to be effective against COVID-19 will be used for cleaning surfaces

~Thorough cleaning within the lab space, classroom areas, kitchen, and bathrooms prior to course and at the conclusion of the day

~Hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the facility

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
~Gowns, shoe covers, and facemasks (non-N95) will be provided by lab facilities

Social Distancing
~Spacing guidelines will be marked throughout the lab

~Signage will be posted reminding attendees to practice social distancing

Cadavers will be tested for COVID-19 and will not be used if test positive

In addition, the following protocols will be in place at any SIS activity:

Temperature Checks
~All participants will be screened for fever during the activity

~Temperature checks with an infrared forehead thermometer will be done prior to the start of each day and before lunch

~Any participant with a fever of 100° or higher will be asked to leave for the remainder of the activity

~Personal facemasks MUST be worn at all times in any indoor public spaces and outdoor areas when a 6’ distance cannot be maintained between attendees

~Personal N95 masks (not provided by SIS) are recommended for attendees who may be more susceptible to illness

Food and Beverage
~Boxed meals will replace buffet meals

Physical Contact
~Any physical contact between participants is prohibited including handshakes and hugs
~Room sharing with colleagues is discouraged

~To minimize crowding/traffic in locker rooms, attendees must wear their own scrubs to the course

If you have any symptoms that may be related to COVID-19 such as: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle or body aches OR if you have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19 within 14 days, you are not allowed to attend SIS activities.

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