Lumbar Bio-Skills Lab - Downers Grove, IL - SOLD OUT
Tell a Friend About This EventTell a Friend

9/8/2017 to 9/10/2017
When: September 8-10, 2017
Where: ASGE Institute for Training & Technology (IT&T) / Marriott Downers Grove Suites
Downers Grove, Illinois 
United States

Online registration is closed.
« Go to Upcoming Event List  


Lumbar techniques are the groundwork of interventional procedures and create the foundation for optimal patient outcomes. Whether you are beginning in the field or need a refresher, this course is essential. The course is comprised of 9 hours of hands-on lab instruction, 7 hours of lecture and breakout sessions, and 1 hour of time dedicated discussion between instructors and attendees. It prepares the student for the Advanced Lumbar Bio-Skills Lab and all other advanced courses. During this 17-hour lumbar procedures course the following techniques will be taught.

  • Needlecraft
  • C-Arm Utilization
  • Interlaminar Epidural
  • L1-5 Transforaminal Epidural (subpedicular)
  • Medial Branch Block
  • S1 Transforaminal Epidural
  • Sacroiliac Joint

In addition, there will be lectures and breakouts covering:

  • Anatomy and Imaging
  • Indications and Techniques
  • Risks and Complications
  • Fluoroscopy Technical Considerations
  • Radiation Safety
  • Coding and Billing
  • Complications and Case Management

The Spine Intervention Society thanks our volunteer instructors.

Course Director
Josh Rittenberg, MD
Oakland, CA

Ramesh Bathina, MD
Aurora, IL

Timothy Houden, MD
Ogden, UT

Rodney Jones, MD
Wichita, KS

Timothy J. Kaufmann, MD
Rochester, MN

David Levi, MD
Virginia Beach, VA

Renée S. Melfi, MD
Syracuse, NY

G. Thomas Morgan, MD
Holly Springs, MS

Louis C. Saeger, MD
Stillwater, MN

Jaspal Ricky Singh, MD
New York, NY


Friday, September 8
Friday Lectures Are Held at IT&T

11:30 a.m.

     Registration / Box Lunch

12:00 p.m.

     Introduction–Welcome and Expectations


     Lecture: Spinal ImagingSpinal Imaging


     Lecture: Fluoroscopy Technical Considerations and Radiation SafetyFluoroscopy Technical Considerations and Radiation Safety


     Lecture: Medial Branch BlockMedial Branch Block




     Lecture: Transforaminal and InterlaminarTransforaminal & Interlaminar


     Lecture: Sacroiliac JointSacroiliac Joint


     Lecture: Risk MitigationRisk Mitigation




     Lecture: Coding and BillingCoding




     Adjourn for the Day


     Networking Reception at Marriott Downers Grove Suites


Saturday, September 9
Lab Held at IT&T

7:15 a.m.

     Take the shuttle from Marriott Downers Grove Suites




     Hands-on Lab: Needlecraft


     Hands-on Lab: C-Arm Utilization




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

1:20 p.m



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


     Adjourn for the Day–Take the shuttle back to Marriott Downers Grove Suites


Sunday, September 10
Lab Held at IT&T

7:00 a.m.

    Take the shuttle from Marriott Downers Grove Suites




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


     Attendee Choice Practice Time




     Course Adjourns


     Shuttle Departs IT&T for O'Hare International Airport (ORD)


Hotel Accommodations
Marriott Downers Grove Suites
1500 Opus Ln.
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Group Rate: $105
Cut-off: Friday, August 18, 2017 and is subject to availability
800.228.9290 or 630.852.1500
Mention: SIS Lumbar
Click HERE for online reservations

ASGE Institute for Training & Technology (IT&T)
3300 Woodcreek Dr.
Downers Grove, IL 60515

Registration Rate
SIS/AAPM&R* Physician Member - $2,650
After Friday, July 14, 2017, registration fees - $2,800
Registration fees after Friday, August 18, 2017 - $2,950

SIS Fellow/Resident, Military Member - $1,325 (limit 20)
After Friday, July 14, 2017, registration fees - $1,350
Registration fees after Friday, August 18, 2017 - $1,400

*AAMPM&R members must contact the SIS office for verification before registration can be accepted. Call 630.203.2252 or email for details. 

There are two airports that service the Downers Grove area-O'Hare International Airport (ORD) which is 30 minutes from the hotel, and Midway International Airport (MDW) which is 20 minutes from the hotel.

Upon arrival at the airport, please arrange your own ground transportation to the hotel. The Society will provide transportation back to ORD on Sunday at 11:50 a.m. directly from the facility. Please make flight arrangements after 2:15 p.m. We will not provide Sunday transportation back to the hotel, to other airports, or to ORD 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 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 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
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 Wednesday, August 9, 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-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.

Contact Us

120 E. Ogden Ave. Ste. 202
Hinsdale, Illinois 60521
P: 630.203.2252
Toll Free: 888.255.0005

© Copyright 2016 Spine Intervention Society Privacy Policy  ::  Legal