About CME Activities

The Spine Intervention Society courses have been developed using a systematic evidence-based approach; in addition, they are highly structured and utilize experienced instructors from multiple disciplines. The Education Division has revamped our course offerings to ensure instruction is consistent with the 2nd Edition of the Practice Guidelines, and to meet the recommendations and educational needs of our members.

Membership is required for all hands-on bio-skills labs and accreditation courses; you do not need to be a member to attend a lecture only course. All physician members are encouraged to begin their training at the lumbar level. It is a requirement for Fellow and Resident members to start at the lumbar level.

Our courses vary in difficulty; the foundations for fluoroscopically-guided interventions are established in the lumbar course, and further developed in the cervical course. It is imperative that each attendee has mastered basic interventional techniques and understands core principles of image-guidance, needle manipulation, and complication management prior to taking advanced courses. Please register for courses for which you have the skill set to successfully participate. If an instructor determines an attendee incapable of learning a procedure, they may devote time to more fundamental needle skills.

Our educational activities offer an unsurpassed opportunity to network with peers. During most courses, we host a reception, which allows attendees to converse in a casual environment with fellow attendees and instructors. Many find this a valuable part of the course.

The Spine Intervention Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians and takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity for those CME activities.

Courses open for registration approximately 4 months prior to the course start date. Space is limited and accepted on a first come, first served basis. The Society's courses consistently fill; so be sure to register early.


Bio-Skills Lab Protocol

Membership is a requirement to attend all of our hands-on bio-skills labs.

Who may attend?

Members of the Spine Intervention Society who are board certified or in the examination process for certification* for boards in the following specialties: Anesthesiology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Radiology, Neurology, Orthopedic Surgery and Neurosurgery. Members who are not board certified in these specialties must have completed or be currently enrolled in an ACGME Pain Fellowship Program and begin at the Lumbar level.

* If you are in the process of board certification, we require verifying documentation.

Requirements for Fellow and Resident Members

To attend our hands-on bio-skills labs Fellows and Residents must be board certified or in the examination process for certification in one of the above six specialties. In addition, Fellows and Residents are REQUIRED to attend a Lumbar Procedures Bio-Skills Lab prior to taking any other courses.

However, fellows who are board certified in one of the above six specialties may submit a waiver request to begin instruction at the Advanced Lumbar Procedures Bio-Skills Lab level. These requests must be submitted via email to: education@spineintervention.org.

member Bio-Skills Lab Waiver Requests:

Members who are not board certified or in the examination process for certification in the following specialties: Anesthesiology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Radiology, Neurology, Orthopedic Surgery and Neurosurgery requesting a bio-skills lab waiver must submit the following to the Administrative Division via email to: education@spineintervention.org.

  1. Current curriculum vitae
  2. Formal letter including
    • That the applicant is currently practicing Interventional Pain Medicine and that spine procedures is a primary focus of their practice
    • How long have they been doing lumbar and cervical interventional procedures
    • Detailed fellowship information
    • Spine course and curriculum information for attended interventional spine courses with other organizations
  3. Imaging and correlating H&P/Procedure Report from a lumbar transforaminal injection and lumbar medial branch block may be requested.

The Administrative Committee will review each bio-skills lab protocol waiver on a case-by-case basis and will respond within two weeks of the request.


CME Mission Statement

The Spine Intervention Society CME program challenges itself to be the educational leader on spine intervention procedures. Our program is ethically motivated, scientifically and evidence-based, and commercially unbiased.

Purpose: The purpose of the CME program is to provide high-quality, evidence-based educational activities that are designed to increase the competence of physicians who perform pain intervention procedures to positively affect patient outcomes. This goal is accomplished by utilizing the SIS Guidelines to teach precision diagnostic and therapeutic interventional techniques to treat pain.

Expected Results: Physicians will increase their competence and procedure techniques in the subject areas offered and apply the knowledge and skills to enhance patient outcomes in their practice settings

SIS will measure changes in learner competence in the following ways: The standard evaluation form asks learners if they intend to make any changes in practice as a result of their participation in the course. If they answer yes, they are asked to report any intended changes they plan to apply in practice. As part of the skills training courses, learners are provided feedback from the faculty regarding their ability to apply new strategies in practice.

 

If activities are designed to change performance, SIS will measure learners self-reported changes through the use of a survey that will be sent to learners 1-3 months post activity. Learners will be asked to report any changes they have made in practice since participating in the course.

 

Change data will be analyzed and used to determine if any improvements are necessary and to help SIS determine if the Expected Results section of the Mission statement have been met.

 


Fellow and Resident Course Bundle

Fellow and Residents Course Bundle

Fellow and Resident members must take 3 courses in a 12-month period to qualify for the discount. Courses must be taken in this order:

  1. Lumbar
  2. Cervical or Advanced Lumbar
  3. Your choice - $500 off

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