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11/10/2017 to 11/12/2017
When: November 10-12, 2017
Where: Science Care / Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes
Phoenix, Arizona 
United States

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Performing cervical interventional procedures is not simply moving from the back to the neck with a higher level of precision and care. When you attend the SIS Cervical Bio-Skills Lab, you will learn SIS’s evidence-based skill set specific to treating the challenging cervical vertebrae. Containing 9 hours of hands-on lab instruction, 7 hours of lecture and didactic time, and 1 hour of time dedicated to discussion between instructors and attendees, this course provides the foundation for the Advanced Cervical Course.

Hands-On Lab Training

  • Cervical Interlaminar Epidural
  • Cervical Transforaminal Epidural
  • C3-6 Medial Branch Block
  • C7 Medial Branch Block
  • Third Occipital Nerve Block
  • Cervical Intra-articular Zygapophysial Joint

C-Arm Utilization

  • Radiation Safety
  • Parallax Error
  • Fluoroscopic Anatomy in True AP, True Lateral, and Oblique Positions
  • Fluoroscopic Positioning for Cervical Procedures

Lectures and Breakouts

  • Cervical Anatomy, Imaging, and Imaging Correlation
  • Indications, Techniques, and Evidence-based Patient Selection and Procedural Technique
  • Risk Mitigation, Complications and Case Management
  • Coding and Billing

The Spine Intervention Society thanks our volunteer instructors.

Course Director
Aaron Calodney, MD
Tyler, Texas

Kam Assil, MD
Thousand Oaks, California

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

Edvin Koshi, MD
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Milton H. Landers, DO, PhD
Wichita, Kansas

Daniel C. Martin, MD
Richmond, Virgina

Scott Naftulin, DO
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Nileshkumar Patel, MD
Appleton, Wisconsin

Mark Schlimgen, MD
Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Lawrence Weil, MD
Walnut Creek, California


Friday, November 10
Lectures are Held at Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes

11:30 a.m.


Registration / Box Lunch

12:00 p.m.


Introduction – Welcome and Expectations



Lecture: Spinal ImagingSpinal Imaging



Lecture: Cervical Transforaminal EpiduralCervical Transforaminal



Lecture: Cervical InterlaminarCervical Interlaminar



Cervical Transforaminal Versus Interlaminar Epidural Pro/Con Debate



Lecture: C3-6 and C7 Medial Branch Block / Third Occipital Nerve BlockC3-6 and C7 Medial Branch Block; Third Occipital Nerve Block






Lecture: Intra-articiular Zygapophysial Joint InjectionIntraarticular Zygapophysial Joint



Lecture: Risk MitigationRisk Mitigation



Lecture: Coding and BillingCoding






Adjourn for the Day



Networking Reception at Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes


Saturday, November 11
Lab Held at Science Care

7:00 a.m.


Shuttle Departs from Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes






C-Arm Utilization: 45-Minute Rotations






Bio-Skills Lab / Breakout Session: 65-Minute Rotations

1:15 p.m.





Bio-Skills Lab / Breakout Session: 65-Minute Rotations



Adjourn for the day – Shuttle Departs from Science Care


Sunday, November 12
Lab Held at Science Care

7:00 a.m.


Shuttle Depart from Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes






Bio-Skills Lab / Breakout Session: 65-Minute Rotations



Attendee Choice Practice Time




12:00 p.m.


Course Adjourns



Shuttle departs Science Care for Phoenix International Airport (PHX)


Hotel Accommodations
Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes
2000 W. Westcourt Way
Tempe, AZ 85282
Group Rate: $169
Cut-off: Thursday, October 19, 2017 and is subject to availability
888.867.7492 or 602.225.9000
Mention: SIS Cervical
Click here for reservations

Set against a majestic hillside, the Buttes Marriott with its cascading waterfalls is just 3 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and minutes away from shopping in Scottsdale and downtown entertainment venues.

Science Care®
3836 E. Watkins St.
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Registration Rates
SIS Physician Member
- $2,650
After Friday, September 15, 2017 - $2,800
After Friday, October 20, 2017 - $2,950

SIS Fellow/Resident, Military Member - $1,325 (limit 20)
After Friday, September 15, 2017 - $1,350
After Friday, October 20, 2017 - $1,400

If you are flying to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), please arrange your own ground transportation to the Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes. SIS will provide transportation back to PHX on Sunday at 12:10 p.m. directly from the course facility. Please make flight arrangements after 2:00 p.m. SIS does not provide transportation to the airport prior to that time, or any transportation back to the hotel.

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
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
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: education@SpineIntervention.org.

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, October 11, 2017 to registration@SpineIntervention.org.

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 the 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 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 and Ziehm Imaging, Inc.

Radiation protection provided by Clint Pharmaceuticals

Disposable supplies provided by Clint Pharmaceuticals and Halyard Health

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