European Lumbar Bio-Skills Lab - Amsterdam, NL
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3/11/2017 to 3/12/2017
When: March 11-12, 2017
Where: Amsterdam Medical Center

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Lumbar techniques are the groundwork of interventional procedures and create the foundation for optimal patient outcomes. Whether you are beginning in the field or need a refresher, this course is essential. The course is comprised of 8 hours of hands-on training,  4 hours of lecture and didactic time, and 1 hour of time dedicated discussion between instructors and attendees. It prepares the student for the Advanced Lumbar Bio-Skills Lab and all other advanced courses. During this 13-hour lumbar procedures course the following techniques will be taught:

  • Needlecraft
  • C-Arm Utilization
  • Interlaminar Epidural
  • L1-5 Transforaminal Epidural
  • Medial Branch Block
  • S1 Transforaminal Epidural
  • Sacroiliac Joint

In addition, there will be lectures and didactics covering:

  • Anatomy and Imaging
  • Indications and Techniques
  • Risks and Complications
  • Fluoroscopy Technical Considerations
  • Radiation Safety
  • Complications and Case Management

The Spine Intervention Society thanks our volunteer instructors.

Anthony Hammond, MD
Kent, United Kingdom

G. Michael Hess, MD
Orthopedic Surgery
Munich, Germany

Milton Landers, DO, PhD
Kansas, United States

Heidi Mylenbusch, MD
Delden, Netherlands

John Tanner, MD
Musculoskeletal Medicine
Sussex, United Kingdom


Saturday, March 11

Lab Held at Academic Medical Center (AMC)


     Taxis to Department of Anatomy, Academic Medical Center (AMC)


     Registration / Morning Coffee


     Lecture: Anatomy and Imaging, Indications, and Techniques

10:30      Break


     Bio-Skills Lab / Didactic: 70-Minute Rotations




     Bio-Bkills Lab / Didactic: 70-Minute Rotations




     Adjourn for the Day


Sunday, February 12
Lab Held at Academic Medical Center (AMC)


     Taxis to Department of Anatomy, Academic Medical Center (AMC)


     Morning Coffee


     Lecture: Risks and Complications, Fluoroscopy Technical Considerations, and Radiation Safety


     Bio-Skills Lab / Didactic: 70-Minute Rotations




     Attendee Choice Practice Time




     Course Adjourns


Hotel Accommodations
Inntel Hotel Amsterdam Centre
Nieuwezijds Kolk 19
1012 PV Amsterdam
Group Rate: 167.50 EURO/Single; 185.00 EURO/Double Password: sis2017

Academic Medical Center (AMC)

Department of Anatomy, Embryology and Physiology
Meibergdreef 15, kamer L2 239
1105 AZ Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31 20 5664925 /

Registration Rate
SIS  Physician Member - $1,500 USD
After Thursday, January 12, 2017, registration fees - $1,575 USD
Registration fees after Thursday, February 16, 2017 - $1,650 USD

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 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
Fellows and Residents Members must be board-eligible in one of the above 6 specialties and are required to enroll in lumbar as their first hands-on bio-skills course. Fellow 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 the Fellowship Program Director and needs to 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 Thursday, February 9, 2017 to

Attendee Preparation
Prior to attendance, participants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Spine Intervention Society-sanctioned materials which will be emailed at least one week prior to the course and the International Spine Intervention Society 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 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
Disposable supplies provided by 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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