Advanced Lumbar Bio-Skills Lab - Tampa, FL
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3/10/2017 to 3/12/2017
When: Friday, March 10, 2017
Where: CAMLS / Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk
Tampa, Florida 
United States

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Building on the lumbar foundation, the Advanced Lumbar Bio-Skills Lab progresses your knowledge and skill with training utilizing expertly dissected cadavers for demonstration of anatomic structures in correlation with the injection procedures. This course contains 9 hours of hands-on lab instruction, 7 hours of lecture and breakout sessions, and 1 hour of time dedicated to discussion time between instructors and attendees.

  • L1-5 Transforaminal Epidural (subpedicular)/S1 Transforaminal Epidural
  • L1-5 Transforaminal Epidural (infraneural)
  • Medial Branch Block
  • Intra-articular Zygapophysial Joint
  • L1-4 Medial Branch Parallel Needle Placement
  • L5 Dorsal Ramus Parallel Needle Placement
  • Cadaveric Procesion

In addition, there will be lectures and didactics covering:

  • Advanced Imaging - Lumbar Cases
  • Indications and Techniques
  • Risks and Complications
  • Spinal Innervation
  • Introduction to Radiofrequency
  • Coding and Billing
  • Contrast Pattern Analysis

The Spine Intervention Society thanks our volunteer instructors.

Course Director
D.J. Kennedy, MD
Redwood City, CA

Diane Czuk-Smith, MD
Grand Rapids, MI

Fred DeFrancesch, MD
LaPlace, LA

Vladimir Djuric, MD
Oakville, Ontario

Timothy Maus, MD
Rochester, MN

Renee Melfi, MD
Syracuse, NY

Adrian Popescu, MD
Philadelphia, PA

Brian White, DO
Cooperstown, NY

Frank Willard, PhD
Biddeford, ME

Stephen Winston, MD
Grand Rapids, MI


Friday, March 10
Lectures Are Held at Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk

11:30 a.m.

     Registration / Box Lunch

12:00 p.m.

     Introduction–Welcome and Expectations


     Lecture: Spinal InnervationSpinal Imaging


     Lecture: Advanced Imaging CasesFluoroscopy Technical Considerations and Radiation Safety


     Lecture: Interpretation of Diagnostic BlocksMedial Branch Block


     Lecture: Medial Branch Blocks


     BreakTransforaminal & Interlaminar


     Lecture: Zygapophysial Joint AccessSacroiliac Joint


     Lecture: Transforaminal InjectionsRisk Mitigation


     Lecture: Coding and Billing




     Adjourn for the Day


     Networking Reception at Hotel


Saturday, March 11
Lab Held at CAMLS

7:15 a.m.

     Walk from Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk to CAMLS




     LectureIntroduction to Radiofrequency


     Break and Proceed to Rotations


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



12:15 p.m

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




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


     Walk from CAMLS to Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk


Sunday, March 12
Lab Held at CAMLS

7:00 a.m.

     Walk from Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk to CAMLS




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


     Attendee Choice Practice Time



12:00 p.m.

     Course Adjourns


     Shuttle Departs CAMLSfor Tampa International Airport (TPA)


Hotel Accommodations
Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk
200 N. Ashley Dr.
Tampa, FL 33602
Group Rate: $189
Cut-off: Thursday, February 16, 2017 and is based on availability
800.325.3535 or 813.223.2222
Mention: Advanced Lumbar Bio-Skills Lab
Click HERE for reservations

Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS)
124 S. Franklin St.
Tampa, FL 33612

Registration Rates
SIS Physician Member - $2,650
After Thursday, January 12, 2017, registration fees - $2,800
Registration fees after Thursday, February 16, 2017 - $2,950

SIS Fellow/Resident, Military Member - $1,325 (limit 10)
After Thursday, January 12, 2017, registration fees - $1,350
Registration fees after Thursday, February 16, 2017 - $1,400

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.

Upon arrival at the Tampa International Airport (TPA), please arrange your own ground transportation to the hotel. We will provide transportation back to TPA on Sunday at 12:10 p.m. directly from the course facility. Please make flight arrangements after 2:00 p.m. We will not provide Sunday 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 17 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
Spine Intervention Society members who are board-certified or in the examination process for certification in the following specialties: Anesthesiology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Radiology, Neurology, Orthopedic Surgery, and Neurosurgery. Members who are not board-certified or eligible in these specialties must have completed or be currently enrolled in an ACGME Pain Fellowship and begin at the lumbar level.

Requirements for Fellow and Resident Members
Fellow and Resident members must be board-eligible in one of the above 6 specialties and are required to take the SIS Lumbar Bio-Skills Lab as their first hands-on bio-skills course. Fellow and Resident members who are board-certified in one of the above 6 specialties may submit a waiver request to start instruction at the advanced lumbar level. The waiver request must come from their Program Director and should attest to the member’s skill level. Waiver requests must be submitted via email to:

Special Accommodations
We only contract with facilities that are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Dietary Restrictions
Participants will be provided food during the course. We strive to meet the needs of all attendees but if you have any questions or specific dietary restrictions, please contact the SIS office.

All ADA accommodations and/or dietary requests should be submitted by Wednesday, February 8, 2017 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 SIS’s, 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 14-days prior to the course to receive a refund less a $100 administrative fee. Cancellation less than 14-days prior will result in forfeiture of all fees. SIS reserves the right to cancel this course due to circumstances beyond its control. The Society assumes no financial obligation to registrants for possible costs occurred.

Disclosure Policy
The Spine Intervention Society (SIS) plans and implements educational activities in accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Accreditation Criteria and Standards for Commercial Support to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor. As an ACCME-accredited provider, our policy requires anyone in control of content to disclose all financial relationships they may have or have had within the last twelve (12) months with commercial interests whose products or services may impact their instruction. The Spine Intervention Society’s Education Division reviews all disclosures prior to instruction and has a conflict of interest resolution process that, if not satisfied, results in the removal of the instructor from the CME activity. The intent of this policy is not to prevent expert instructors with relevant relationship(s), with commercial interest(s), or other interests from involvement in CME, but rather to ensure that the Spine Intervention Society CME activities promote quality and safety, are effective in improving medical practice, are based on valid content, and are independent of control from commercial interests and free of commercial bias. Disclosure information and conflict of interest resolution decisions will be made available to all participants at this course. Instructors are also required to disclose this information to the participants verbally and on the introductory slide at the beginning of each presentation.

Commercial Support Disclosure
The society fully complies with all ACCME requirements for commercial support and maintains a separation of promotion from education. We promote improvements in health care and NOT proprietary interests 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 GE Healthcare and Ziehm Imaging, Inc.

Radiation protection provided by Clint Pharmaceuticals

Disposable supplies provided by Clint Pharmaceuticals and Halyard Health

Course Materials
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.

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