Neurostimulation Bio-Skills Lab - San Francisco, CA
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When: July 19, 2017
8:00 AM
Where: San Francisco, California 
United States

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Technological advances and strong evidence of efficacy are setting the stage for expanded demand for Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) therapy to assist our most challenging spine pain patients. To succeed in this burgeoning practice area, you need to be proficient in SCS lead placement for both lumbar and cervical regions, understand driving and positioning surgical techniques for spinal stimulation placement, understand potential complications, know the supportive literature, review case presentations, and be aware of current and future trends for neurostimulation technologies. The SIS Neurostimulation course addresses these aspects plus gives you intense, hands-on training in surgical implantation techniques in small-groups. 


This course brings you face-to-face with our highly-trained faculty members, each with over a decade of experience practicing neuromodulation. Join an elite group of fellow physicians to learn, practice, and add the art and science of spinal cord stimulation to your armamentarium.

During this eight-hour neurostimulation course the following hands-on lab stations will occur:

  • How to Trial: Trial Process, Lead Advancement, and Location
  • Placing and Anchoring of Permanents Leads
  • IPG Implant Pocket and Creating

In addition, there will be lectures covering:

  • Patient Selection: Psychologic Evaluation, Confounding Medical Condition, Approval Process
  • How to Trial Patients and Evaluation of Trial Results
  • Permanent Placement and Ongoing Care
  • Complication and Risk Mitigation
  • Coding and Billing

The Spine Intervention Society thanks our volunteer instructors.

Course Director
Rodney Jones, MD
Wichita, KS

Shihab Ahmed, MD
Lincoln, MA

Richard Bundschu, MD
Bradenton, FL

Aaron Calodney, MD
Tyler, TX

Thomas Costello, DO, FAOCA
Fairless Hills, PA

Fred DeFrancesch, MD
LaPlace, LA


Wednesday, July 19
Lectures Are Held at San Francisco Marriott Marquis

7:30 a.m.

     Registration / Breakfast




     Lecture: Patient Selection: Psychologic Evaluation, Confounding Medical Conditions,    Approval ProcessSpinal Imaging


     Lecture: How to Trial Patients and Evaluation of Trial ResultsFluoroscopy Technical Considerations and Radiation Safety


     Lecture: Permanent Placement and Ongoing CareMedial Branch Block


     Lecture: Complications and Risk Mitigation


     Lecture: Coding and BillingTransforaminal & Interlaminar


     BreakSacroiliac Joint


     Bio-Skills Lab RotationRisk Mitigation

12:20 p.m.



     Bio-Skills Lab Rotations




     Course Adjourns

Hotel Accommodations
San Francisco Marriott Marquis
780 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Group Rate: $279

Cut-off: Sunday, June 25, 2017 and is based on availability
Mention: Spine Intervention Society
Click HERE for reservations

Registration Rates
SIS Physician Member - $1,250
After Wednesday May 24, 2017, registration fees - $1,325
Registration fees after Wednesday, June 28, 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 San Francisco International Airport (SFO), please arrange your own ground transportation to and from the hotel.

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

  • Compare the different systems available and make the system, technique, and modality selection based on specific patient needs;
  • Identify the risks and benefits of spinal cord stimulators, as well as assessment, prevention, and treatment of potential complications;
  • Apply programming and medical management for neuromodulation devices; and
  • Name the literature support for the validity of the modalities.

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 8 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 Monday, June 19, 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

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-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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