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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 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 Creating, Tunneling

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, Kansas

Kamyar Assil, MD
Thousand Oaks, California

Aaron Calodney, MD
Tyler, Texas

Thomas Costello, DO
Fairless Hills, Pennsylvania

Lewis Frazier, Jr., MD
Plano, Texas

Daniel Martin, MD
Richmond, Virginia


Saturday, August 8

2:00-2:30 p.m.

Introduction: Welcome and Expectations
2:30-2:40 p.m.

Lecture: Patient Selection: Psychologic Evaluation, Confounding Medical Conditions
2:40-3:05 p.m.

Lecture: Trial Techniques and Evaluation of Trail Results
3:05-3:25 p.m.

Lecture: Implantation Techniques and Ongoing Care
3:25-3:45 p.m.

3:45-4:00 p.m.

Lecture: Complications and Risk Mitigation
4:00-4:30 p.m.

Lecture: Coding and Approval Process
4:30-4:45 p.m.

4:45-5:15 p.m.

Adjourn for the Day
5:15 p.m.


Sunday, August 9

7:00-7:30 a.m.

Bio-Skills Lab Rotation: How to Trial: Trial Process, Lead Advancement, and Location
7:30-9:30 a.m.

9:30-9:45 a.m.

Bio-Skills Lab Rotation: Placing and Anchoring of Permanent Leads
9:45-11:15 a.m.

11:15-11:30 a.m.

Bio-Skills Lab Rotation: IPG Implant Pocket Creation, Tunneling
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Course Adjourns
1:00 p.m.

Registration and Hotel Details

Special Registration Rate Before Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Physician Members - $1,745
After Monday, May 11, 2020 - $1,845
After Monday, July 6, 2020 - $1,945

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, extension 102, for a credentials review prior to registering.

Hotel Venue/Saturday Lectures and Sunday Lab
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
1 Park Boulevard
San Diego, California 92101
Room Rate: $279
Cut-off: Sunday, July 19, 2020, subject to availability
Click HERE for online reservations

If flying to San Diego International Airport (SAN), please arrange your own ground transportation to and from the hotel.

Taxis, rideshares, and rental cars are readily available at the airport. The hotel is an approximately 15 minutes from the airport.

The Santa Fe Depot (SAN) Amtrak stop is in close proximity to the hotel.

Educational Objectives/CME Credits

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 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

The American Medical Association has determined that physicians not licensed in the US to participate in this CME activity are eligible for 
AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

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, Neurosurgery, or Orthopedic Surgery. 

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:

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 Thursday, July 9, 2020 to

Attendee Preparation
You can expect an email from the Society at least one week before the course. This message will contain educational and logistical information that we encourage you to review prior to attending. Upon completion of the course, you will also receive access to the final versions of the lectures that were presented.

Everyone attending our courses should be familiar with the SIS Practice Guidelines—the comprehensive compendium on evidence-based spine intervention. A print-only publication available by mail-order, the book includes detailed, illustrated depictions of needle placement and injectate flow patterns for cervical, thoracic, lumbar, and sacral procedures.

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 21 days prior to the course to receive a refund less a $150 administrative fee. Cancellation less than 21 days prior will result in forfeiture of all fees. SIS reserves the right to cancel this event due to circumstances beyond its control. The Society assumes no financial obligation to registrants for possible 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 disclosure policy requires everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity has disclosed all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest to the provider. The ACCME defines “‘relevant’ financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest.

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. 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. The content or format of SIS CME activities, or its related materials, promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest 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 Ziehm Imaging, Inc.

Disposable supplies provided by Avanos Medical

Course Materials Copyright
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.

Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct
SIS does not tolerate any form of discrimination or harassment including, but not limited to: inappropriate comments on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, gender identity, or gender expression; the display of inappropriate or sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation, stalking, or following; harassing photography or recordings; sustained disruption of presentations or other events; inappropriate physical contact or unwelcome sexual attention. 

All attendees, speakers, sponsors, staff, and volunteers at Society activities are required to agree to uphold this code of conduct during the event, in activity-related social events at on-site or off-site locations, and in related online communities and social media. 

To report a violation of our Code of Conduct, please send an email to SIS senior staff at

Reports will be investigated, and appropriate action will be taken.

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