Intensive Anatomy and Hands-On Fluoroscopic Correlation - Biddeford, ME
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When: June 2-3, 2017
Where: University of New England
Biddeford, Maine 
United States

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This course includes over 8 hours of lab instruction —including hands-on examination of professionally prepared cadaver sections and dissections—and more than 8 hours of lectures, breakouts, and instructor and attendee discussions.

Gain a greater understanding of the “hidden” implications and anatomical basis upon which spine interventions are based.


Practice These Hands-on Lab Techniques During Fluoroscopic Correlation Rotations

  • Cervical, Thoracic, and Lumbar:
    • Transforaminal Injections
    • Disc Access
    • Intraarticular Zygapophysial Joint
    • Medial Branch Block
    • Radiofrequency Neurotomy
    • Interlaminar Injections
  • Caudal Injections
  • C1-C2 (AA) Joint
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injections
  • Sacral Lateral Branch Block


Lectures and Breakouts

  • Lumbar and Cervical Radiographic Imaging
  • Spinal Innervation
  • Complications
  • Structures at Risk
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Pain

The Spine Intervention Society thanks our volunteer instructors.

John A. Carrino, MD, MPH
New York, NY

Michael B. Furman, MD, MS
York, PA

Frank Willard, PhD
Biddeford, ME


Friday, June 2
Course Held at the University of New England

7:00 a.m.

     Shuttle Departs


     Registration / Breakfast


     Introduction - Welcome and ExpectationsSpinal Imaging


     Lecture: Imaging of the Lumbar Spine - Case PresentationsFluoroscopy Technical Considerations and Radiation Safety


     Lecture: Spinal Innervation - Anatomy and Clinical ImplicationsMedial Branch Block




     BreakTransforaminal & Interlaminar


     Bio-Skills Lab / Breakout Session: 2 1/2-Hour RotationSacroiliac Joint

12:45 p.m.

     LunchRisk Mitigation


     Lecture: Imaging of the Cervical Spine - Case Presentations


     Bio-Skills Lab / Breakout Session: 2 1/2-Hour Rotation


     Discussion: Complications Case Review - A Discussion of Correlative Anatomy


     Adjourn for the Day

 6:10      Shuttle Departs University of New England for Hotel


Saturday, June 3
Lab Held at University of New England

7:00 a.m.

     Shuttle Departs




     LectureAnatomy and Physiology of Pain - Part I.






     Bio-Skills Lab / Breakout Session: 2 1/2-Hour Rotation


     Lecture: Anatomy and Physiology of Pain - Part II.

12:45 p.m.



     Bio-Skills Lab / Breakout Session: 2 1/2-Hour Rotation




     Attendee Choice Practice Time




     Course Adjourns


     Shuttle Departs University of New England for Hotel


Hotel Accommodations
Kennebunkport Inn
1 Dock Square
Kennebunkport, ME
Group Rate: $159
Cut-off: Thursday, May 11, 2017 and is subject to availability - BOOK EARLY
Mention: Spine Intervention Society

University of New England
College of Osteopathic Medicine - Department of Anatomy
Alfond Center for Health Sciences

11 Hills Beach Rd.
Biddeford, ME 04005

Registration Rates
SIS Physician Member - $3,750
After Friday, April 7, 2017, registration fees - $3,900
Registration fees after Friday, May 12, 2017 - $4,050

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.

Upon arrival at the Portland International Jetport (PWM), please arrange your own ground transportation to and from the hotel. We will provide transportation between the hotel and the University of New England.

Educational Objectives
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the neuroanatomy and pathophysiology of peripheral and central spinal pain and known common sources of spine pain;
  • Apply the anatomic relationships of relevant soft tissue, neurological, and osseous cervical and lumbar structures to injection targets under multiplanar fluoroscopic imaging;
  • Describe the impact of anatomic relationships on the safe performance of diagnostic and therapeutic cervical, thoarcic, lumbar, and sacral injection procedures;
  • Identify the potential mechanisms of injury to non-target spinal vascular and neurological structures.

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:

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, May 3, 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, 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

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

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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