Advanced Cervical Bio-Skills: Cervicogenic Headache Techniques for Diagnosis & Management-Denver, CO
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8/18/2017 to 8/20/2017
When: August 18-20, 2017
Where: Science Care
Aurora/Denver, Colorado 
United States

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Take the next step in diagnosing and treating your patients with cervicogenic headaches. This new SIS course provides 9 hours of hands-on training at 7 lab stations, allowing you to explore headache-related upper cervical structures on an expertly dissected cadaver. Plus, try your hand at a fluoroscopy/ultrasound hybrid imaging station and sharpen your needle placement in the challenging regions of the upper cervical spine.

Hands-On Training

  • C2-3 Facet Joint: Intra-articular Access, Third Occipital Nerve Block, Radiofrequency
  • C1-2 Lateral Atlanto-Axial Joint
  • C0-C1 Atlanto-Occipital Joint
  • Greater Occipital Nerve (Ultrasound)
  • Fluoroscopy and Ultrasound Correlation (Third Occipital Nerve, Medial Branch Block)
  • Prosected Cadaver Station

Lectures and Breakouts

  • Anatomy and Imaging
  • Indications and Techniques
  • Coding and Billing
  • Headache Algorithm: Cervicogenic Sources and Masqueraders
  • Cervical Case Discussion

The Spine Intervention Society thanks our volunteer instructors.

Course Director
Josh Rittenberg, MD
Oakland, CA

J. Scott Bainbridge, MD
Greenwood Village, CO

Stephen H. Barkow, MD
Dana Point, CA

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

Fred DeFrancesch, MD
LaPlace, LA

Nicholas Fuller, MD
Beverly Hills, CA

Matthew J. Pingree, MD
Rochester, MN

Drew Trainor, DO, MS
Greenwood Village, CO

F.H. Willard, PhD
Biddeford, ME


Friday, August 18
Lectures Are Held at Denver Marriott City Center

11:30 a.m.

     Registration / Box Lunch

12:00 p.m.

     Introduction–Welcome and Expectations


     Lecture: AnatomySpinal Imaging


     Lecture: ImagingFluoroscopy Technical Considerations and Radiation Safety


     BreakMedial Branch Block


     Lecture: Role of Ultrasound in Spine Care (Third Occipital Nerve/Greater Occipital 
     Nerve/Medial Branch Block)


     Lecture: C2-3 Facet Joint: Intra-articular access, Third Occipital Nerve Block and RFTransforaminal & Interlaminar


     BreakSacroiliac Joint


     Lecture: C1-2 Lateral Atlanto-Axial JointRisk Mitigation


     Lecture: C0-C1 atlanto-occipital joint


     Lecture: Coding and Billing




     Adjourn for the Day


     Networking Reception at Denver Marriott City Center


Saturday, August 19
Lab Held at Science Care

7:00 a.m.

     Shuttle Departs from Denver Marriott City Center




     Lecture: Headache Algorithm: Cervicogenic Sources and Masqueraders


     Break and Proceed to Lab


     Bio-Skills Lab / Breakout Session: 70-Minute Rotations



12:15 p.m

     Bio-Skills Lab / Breakout Session: 70-Minute Rotations




     Bio-Skills Lab / Breakout Session: 70-Minute Rotations


     Adjourn for the Day—Shuttle Departs Science Care


Sunday, August 20
Lab Held at Science Care

7:00 a.m.

     Shuttle Departs from Denver Marriott City Center




     Bio-Skills Lab / Breakout Session: 70-Minute Rotations


     Attendee Choice Practice Time



12:00 p.m.

     Course Adjourns


     Shuttle Departs Science Care for Denver International Airport (DEN)


Hotel Accommodations
Denver Marriott City Center
1701 California Street, Denver, CO 80202
Group Rate: $179
Cut-off: Friday, July 27, 2017
Mention: SIS Advanced Cervical
Click HERE for online reservations

The Denver Marriott City Center boasts breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains and city skyline and is near Coors Field, the 16th Street Mall, the Pepsi Center, Sports Authority Field, and the Denver Art Museum.

Science Care
19301 East 23rd Ave.
Aurora, CO 80011

Registration Rates
SIS Physician Member - $2,650
After Friday, June 23, 2017, registration fees - $2,800
Registration fees after Friday, July 28, 2017 - $2,950

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.

If flying to Denver International Airport (DEN), please arrange your own ground transportation to the Denver Marriott City Center. Denver Airport Light Rail offers a $9.00, 37-minute ride to Union Station, which is 10 blocks from the hotel. Taxis, rideshares, and rental cars are also readily available at the airport.

SIS provides transportation directly to DEN on Sunday at 12:10 p.m. from the Science Care® facility. Please make flight arrangements after 2:00 p.m. SIS does not provide transportation back to the hotel on Sunday after the course adjourns.

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

  • Review and discuss the anatomy of the upper cervical region;
  • Evaluate the imaging depiction of the relevant anatomy and correlate while performing each procedure;
  • Perform each procedure to become familiar with the proper technique;
  • Cite 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.

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.

SIS strongly advises that potential participants in this advanced course first achieve proficiency in lumbar spine interventions; continue to obtain proctoring, mentoring, and additional experience prior to treating patients; and maintain membership in SIS to stay engaged in the foremost spine intervention learning and advocacy community.

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
Registration is open to Spine Intervention Society members who are board-certified or in the examination process for certification in: Anesthesiology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Radiology, Neurology, Orthopedic Surgery, or Neurosurgery.

Members who are not board-certified, or eligible for certification in these specialties, must have either completed or be currently enrolled in a pain fellowship accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and begin education with SIS with the Lumbar Bio-Skills Lab.

Requirements for Fellow and Resident Members
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 for a review of their credentials.

Fellow and Resident members who wish to take this course must be board-eligible in one of the above six specialties and are required to have previously taken the SIS Lumbar Bio-Skills Lab. Fellow and Resident members who are currently board-certified in one of the above six specialties may submit a waiver request to start instruction with this course. Waiver requests must include a statement from a Program Director attesting to the member’s skill level. Waiver requests must be submitted via email to:

Special Accommodations
SIS only contracts with facilities that are in compliance with the U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and also strives to meet the needs of all diets with food provided to participants during the course.

All ADA accommodations and/or dietary requests should be submitted by Wednesday, July 19, 2017 to or 630.203.2252.

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
Registrant cancellations made 14 or more calendar days prior to the course are eligible for a refund—minus a $100 administrative fee. Cancellations requested within 14-calendar days of the course will result in forfeiture of all registration fees.

SIS reserves the right to cancel this course due to circumstances beyond its control. In such cases all registrant fees will be refunded, however, the Society assumes no financial obligation to registrants for any additional costs incurred.

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 Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) requirements for commercial support by strictly separating the promotion of commercial interests from SIS educational content.

SIS Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities and materials exist only to promote improvements in healthcare quality and not the specific proprietary or business interest of any commercial enterprise. The Spine Intervention Society is a non-profit medical society. Revenue generated from SIS courses is used to to further the society’s mission to develop and promote high quality interventional spine care.

In-Kind Commercial Support
Fluoroscopic C-Arm(s) Provided By:
GE Healthcare
Ziehm Imaging, Inc.

Radiation Safety Provided By:
Clint Pharmaceuticals

Disposable Supplies Provided By:
Clint Pharmaceuticals
Halyard Health

Course Materials
Materials presented at this course are 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. SIS reserves all rights to such material.

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