Lumbar Bio-Skills Lab - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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 Export to Your Calendar 3/14/2020 to 3/15/2020
When: 14-15 March 2020
Where: Amsterdam

Online registration is available until: 3/14/2020
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The 18* total CME credits you’ll earn with the Spine Intervention Society’s Lumbar Bio-Skills Lab will be 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 Lumbar Procedures
  • Parallax Error
  • Radiation Safety


  • Case Presentations
  • 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.

Course Director
G. Michael Hess, MD, PhD
Orthopedic Surgery
Weavering, United Kingdom

Namita Arora, MD
Bedford, England

Anthony Hammond, MD
Kent, United Kingdom

Agnieszka Marcinowska-Kaliszczak, MD, PhD
Krakow, Poland

Kevin Martinez, MD
Louisiana, U.S.A



Saturday 14 March

Depart from Inntel Hotel Amsterdam Centre to Amsterdam Skills Centre

Registration / Morning Coffee

Welcome Remarks and Expectations

Lecture: Spinal Imaging

Lecture: Risks and Complications


Break Into Groups

Hands-On Lab
10:40-11:40 - Needlecraft
11:40-13:10 - C-Arm Utilization


Bio-Skills Lab / Breakout Session: 70-Minute Rotations
14:00-15:10 - Rotation 1
15:10-16:20 - Rotation 2
16:20-17:30 - Rotation 3



Sunday 15 March

Depart from Inntel Hotel Amsterdam Centre to Amsterdam Skills Centre

Morning Coffee

Bio-Skills Lab / Breakout Session: 70-Minute Rotations
08:30-09:40 - Rotation 4
09:40-10:50 - Rotation 5
10:50-12:00 - Rotation 6

Attendee Choice Practice Time


Special Registration Rate Before Saturday 25 January 2020

Physician and Tier I International Members - $1,795
After Friday 24 January 2020 - $1,895
After Friday 21 February 2020 - $1,995

Tier II International, Fellow, Resident, and Military Members - $1,449
After Friday 24 January 2020 - $1,499
After Friday 21 February 2020 - $1,549

Hotel Venue
Inntel Hotel Amsterdam Centre
Nieuwezijds Kolk 19
1012 PV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Please click here for hotel reservations

Amsterdam Skills Centre
Tafelbergweg 47, Amsterdam

Upon arrival at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS), please arrange your own ground transportation to the hotel. NS ProRail (the Dutch Railways) operates a train from the airport to Amsterdam central station. Trains run every 10 minutes from platforms 1 and 2 in the main arrival plaza. Ticket machines are located near the platforms at Schiphol Plaza. In 2016, ProRail is carrying out track renewals around Schiphol Airport. This may have consequences for your train journey, such as detours via different routes, additional transfers or replacement bus services. For details visit

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 13.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) 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) 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. 

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 13 February 2020 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.

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
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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