Radiofrequency Bio-Skills Lab - Memphis, TN
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6/23/2017 to 6/25/2017
When: June 23-25, 2017
Where: Medical Education & Research Institute (MERI) / Westin Memphis Beale Street
Memphis, Tennessee 
United States

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This 16-hour radiofrequency 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 8.5 hours of hands-on lab instruction, 6.5 hours of lecture and breakout sessions, and 1 hour of time dedicated to discussion between instructors and attendees.

Radiofrequency is a treatment option that has the potential to positively affect your patients’ well-being. This course is designed to teach you how to correlate imaging with the anatomy of the innervation of the zygapophysial joints; identify principles of radiofrequency lesioning; assess symptomology and interpret results of medial branch blocks to optimally select patients; and apply evidence-based knowledge to performance of radiofrequency neurotomy.

Both lumbar and cervical regions will be covered.

Hands-On Lab Training

  • L1-4 Medial Branch Radiofrequency
  • L5 Dorsal Ramus Radiofrequency
  • Third Occipital Nerve (TON) Radiofrequency
  • C3-6 Medial Branch Radiofrequency
  • C7 Medial Branch Radiofrequency

Lectures and Breakouts

  • Anatomy of Lumbar and Cervical Posterior Columns
  • Lumbar and Cervical Medial Branch Blocks
  • Radiofrequency Principles
  • Lumbar and Cervical Radiofrequency
  • Lumbar and Cervical Case Management
  • Coding and Billing

The Spine Intervention Society thanks our volunteer instructors.

Course Director
Fred DeFrancesch, MD
LaPlace, LA

Aaron Calodney, MD
Tyler, TX 

David G. Hollifield, MD
Snellville, GA

Milton H. Landers, DO, PhD
Wichita, KS

Daniel C. Martin, MD
Richmond, VA

Kevin Martinez, MD
New Orleans, LA

Bethlehem, PA

Miguel Pupiales, MD
Albuquerque, NM

Michael J. Sorensen, MD
Memphis, TN


Friday, June 23
Friday Lectures Are Held at Westin Memphis Beale Street

12:00 p.m.

   Registration / Box Lunch


   Lecture: Posterior Column Anatomy and Medial Branch Block LumbarAnatomy of Lumbar and Cervical Posterior Columns


   Lecture: Posterior Column Anatomy and Medial Branch Block CervicalLumbar and Cervical Medial Branch Blocks


   Lecture: Radiofrequency PrinciplesRadiofrequency Principles




   Lecture: Lumbar RadiofrequencyLumbar Radiofrequency


   Lecture: Cervical RadiofrequencyCervical Radiofrequency


   Lecture: Coding and BillingCoding




   Adjourn for the Day


   Networking Reception at Westin Memphis Beale Street


Saturday, June 24
Lab Held at MERI

7:00 a.m.

   Shuttle Departs from Westin Memphis Beale Street




   Bio-Skills Lab / Breakout Session: 75-Minute Rotations




   Bio-Skills Lab / Breakout Session: 75-Minute Rotations

1:30 p.m.



   Bio-Skills Lab / Breakout Session: 75-Minute Rotations


   Adjourn for the Day—Shuttle Departs from MERI

Sunday, June 25
Lab Held at MERI

7:00 a.m.

   Shuttle Departs from Westin Memphis Beale Street




   Bio-Skills Lab / Breakout Session: 75-Minute Rotations


   Attendee Choice Practice Time



12:00 p.m.

   Course Adjourns

 12:10    Shuttle Departs MERI for Memphis International Airport (MEM)


Hotel Accommodations
Westin Memphis Beale Street
170 Lt. George W. Lee Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103
Group Rate: $155
Cut-off: Thursday, June 1, 2017 and is subject to availability
Mention: Radiofrequency Bio-Skills Lab
Click HERE for online reservations

Medical Education & Research Institute (MERI)
44 S. Cleveland
Memphis, TN 38104

Registration Rate
Physician Member - $2,500
After Friday, April 28, 2017, registration fees - $2,650
Registration fees after Friday, June 2, 2017 - $2,800

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 Memphis International Airport (MEM), please arrange your own ground transportation to the Westin Memphis Beale Street hotel. SIS provides bus transportation back to MEM on Sunday at 12:10 p.m., directly from the the MERI facility. Please note that the bus typically arrives at MEM by 12:30 pm; please make flight arrangements after 2:00 p.m. SIS does not provide Sunday transportation back to the hotel or additional transportation to the airport prior to 1:10 p.m.

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 16 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 24, 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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