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4/21/2017 to 4/23/2017
When: April 21-23, 2017
Where: Venel Institute / Historic Hotel Bethlehem
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 
United States

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This 17-hour cervical procedures course has been developed using a systematic evidence-based approach and is designed to address professional practice gaps. Our courses are highly structured and utilize experienced instructors from multiple disciplines who provide 9 hours of hands-on lab instruction, 7 hours of lecture and breakout sessions, and 1 hour of time dedicated to discussion between instructors and attendees.

Performing cervical interventional procedures is not simply moving from the back to the neck; the structures present a completely new skill set and a higher level of precision and care. This course has been developed as an introduction to cervical injections. Containing seven hours of lecture and didactic time, nine hours of hands-on training, and one hour of time dedicated to one-on-one instructor questions and answers, this course is an introduction to cervical injection techniques.

Hands-On Lab Training

  • Cervical Interlaminar Epidural
  • Cervical Transforaminal Epidural
  • C3-6 Medial Branch Block
  • C7 Medial Branch Block
  • Third Occipital Nerve Block
  • Cervical Intra-articular Zygapophysial Joint

C-Arm Utilization

  • Fluoroscopic Positioning for Cervical
  • Radiation Safety
  • Parallax Error
  • Fluoroscopic Anatomy in True AP, True Lateral, and Oblique Positions

Lectures and Didactics

  • Cervical Anatomy, Imaging, and Imaging Correlation
  • Indications, Techniques, and Evidence-based Patient Selection and Procedural Technique
  • Risk Mitigation, Complications and Case Management
  • Coding and Billing

The Spine Intervention Society thanks our volunteer instructors.

Course Director
Michael Furman, MD, MS
York, PA

Isaac Cohen, MD
Stamford, CT

Thomas Costello, DO
Fairless Hills, PA

Graf Hilgenhurst, MD
Brentwood, TN

Milton Landers, DO, PhD
Wichita, KS

Lon Lutz, MD
St. Paul, MN

Daniel Martin, MD
Richmond, VA

Kevin Martinez, MD
New Orleans, LA

Scott Naftulin, DO
Bethlehem, PA

Vinil Shah, MD
San Francisco, CA


Friday, April 21
Lectures are Held at Historic Hotel Bethlehem

11:30 a.m.


Registration / Box Lunch

12:00 p.m.


Introduction – Welcome and Expectations



Lecture: Spinal ImagingSpinal Imaging



Lecture: Cervical TransforaminalCervical Transforaminal



Lecture: Cervical InterlaminarCervical Interlaminar



Cervical Transforaminal Versus Interlaminar Pro/Con Debate



Lecture: C3-6 and C7 Medial Branch Block / Third Occipital Nerve BlockC3-6 and C7 Medial Branch Block; Third Occipital Nerve Block






Lecture: Intra-articiular Zygapophysial JointIntraarticular Zygapophysial Joint



Lecture: Risk MitigationRisk Mitigation



Lecture: Coding and BillingCoding






Adjourn for the Day



Networking Reception at the Historic Hotel Bethlehem


Saturday, April 22
Lab Held at Venel Institute

7:00 a.m.


Shuttle Departs from Historic Hotel Bethlehem






C-Arm Utilization: 45-Minute Rotations






Bio-Skills Lab / Breakout Session: 65-Minute Rotations

1:15 p.m.





Bio-Skills Lab / Breakout Session: 65-Minute Rotations



Adjourn for the Day – Shuttle Departs from Venel Institute


Sunday, April 23
Lab Held at Venel Institute

7:00 a.m.


Shuttle Depart from Historic Hotel Bethlehem






Bio-Skills Lab / Breakout Session: 65-Minute Rotations



Bio-Skills Lab Time




12:00 p.m.


Course Adjourns



Shuttle departs Venel Institute for Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE)


Hotel Accommodations
Historic Hotel Bethlehem
437 Main St.
Bethlehem, PA 18018
Group Rate: $175
Cut-off: Thursday, March 30, 2017 and is subject to availability 
Mention: Spine Intervention Society

Venel Institute
261 Brodhead Rd., Ste. 200
Bethlehem, PA 18017

Registration Rates
SIS Physician Member - $2,650
After Thursday, February 23, 2017, registration fees - $2,800
Registration fees after Thursday, March 30, 2017 - $2,950

SIS Fellow/Resident, Military Member - $1,325 (limit 10)
After Thursday, February 23, 2017, registration fees - $1,350
Registration fees after Thursday, March 30, 2017 - $1,400

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.

Upon arrival at Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE), please arrange your own ground transportation to the hotel. SIS provides bus transportation back to ABE on Sunday at 12:10 pm directly from the facility. Please note that the bus typically arrives at ABE by 12:30 pm; please make flight arrangements after 2:00 pm. SIS will not provide Sunday transportation back to the hotel or to the airport prior to that time. 

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 to 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
Attendance in this course is limited to 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 their SIS education with the Lumbar Bio-Skills-Lab.

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: education@SpineIntervention.org.

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 before Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

All ADA accommodations and/or dietary requests should be submitted to registration@SpineIntervention.org.

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

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 policy requires program speakers, moderators, committee chairs, committee members, planners, and staff 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 presentation.

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 and 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. 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-Arms provided by GE Healthcare and Ziehm Imaging, Inc.

Radiation protection provided by Clint Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Disposable supplies provided by Clint Pharmaceuticals and Halyard Health

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