Ultrasound Interventions of the Spine and Masqueraders Bio-Skills Lab
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When: July 19, 2017
8:30 am-6:00 pm
Where: San Francisco, California 
United States

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Learn how to utilize ultrasound (US) to guide interventions to treat the spine and non-mechanical, referred-pain masquerader conditions.


Through didactic lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on training, you will achieve an in-depth understanding of US guidance for procedures which best lend themselves to this modality and how US guidance and hybrid fluoroscopic/US can be integrated into your practice.

During this eight-hour course the following techniques will be taught:

  • Third Occipital Nerve Block
  • Cervical Medial Branch Blocks/Cervical Facets
  • Stellate Ganglion Block
  • Intercostal Nerve Block
  • Sacroiliac Joint
  • Femoracetabular Joint, Troch Bursa Injection
  • Glenohumeral Joint, Subacromial Bursa/Acromio-Clavicular Joint (ACJ)
  • Needle Guidance Phantom Station

The Spine Intervention Society thanks our volunteer instructors.

Course Director
Michael B. Furman, MD, MS
York, PA

Amit Bhargava, MD
Owings Mills, MD

Brad Goodman, MD
Birmingham, AL

Jonathan S. Krischner, MD
New York, NY

Yung J. Lee, DO
Kirkland, WA

Paul Sean Lin, MD, RMSK
York, PA

Ameet Nagpal, MD, MS, MEd
San Antonio, TX

Matthew J. Pingree, MD
Rochester, MN

Alison Stout, DO
Kirkland, WA


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

8:00 a.m.



     Lecture: Ultrasound Principles and Technical Aspects


     Lecture: Ultrasound Guidance As It Relates to Spine CareSpinal Imaging


     Lecture: How Ultrasound Guidance Augments the SIS GuidelinesFluoroscopy Technical Considerations and Radiation Safety

 9:30      Lecture: Coding and Reimbursement


     DiscussionMedial Branch Block




     Phantom Station: 30-Minute RotationTransforaminal & Interlaminar


     Bio-Skills Lab: 50-Minute RotationsSacroiliac Joint

12:40 p.m.

     Lunch on Your Own


     Bio-Skills Lab: 50-Minute RotationsRisk Mitigation




     Bio-Skills Lab: 50-Minute 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 - $975
After Wednesday May 24, 2017, registration fees - $1,050
Registration fees after Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - $1,125

Fellows and residents are welcome to register. No waiver is necessary for this course.

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:

  • Discuss the US principals, techniques, and terminology;
  • Perform USG spinal interventions;
  • Perform USG interventions on spine masqueraders; and
  • Utilize US and fluoroscopic techniques together as a "hybrid" procedure.

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
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.

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 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 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 Annual Meeting Program 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

Ultrasound machines provided by Whale Imaging

Disposable supplies provided by Halyard Health

Radiation protection provided by Clint Pharmaceuticals

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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