Lumbar Bio-Skills Lab - Long Beach, CA - FULL
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This course offers up to 17 CME hours.

8/26/2016 to 8/28/2016
When: August 26-28, 2016
12:00 PM
Where: Science Care / Renaissance Long Beach Hotel
Long Beach, California 
United States

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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 7 hours of lecture and didactic time, 9 hours of hands-on training, and 1 hour of time dedicated to one-on-one instructor questions and answers. 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 didactics covering:

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




The Spine Intervention Society thanks our volunteer instructors.

Course Director
Alison Stout, DO, of Kirkland, WA

Kamyar Assil, MD of Thousand Oaks, CA; D.J. Kennedy, MD of Redwood City, CA; Timothy Maus, MD of Rochester, MN; Miguel Pupiales, MD of Albuquerque, NM; Louis Saeger, MD of Stillwater, MN; David Sibell, MD of Portland, OR; Matthew Smuck, MD of Redwood City, CA.; and Brian White, DO of Cooperstown, NY.



Friday, August 26
Friday Lectures Are Held at the Renaissance Long Beach

11:30 p.m.

     Registration / Box Lunch


     Introduction–Welcome and Expectations


     Lecture: Spinal Imaging


     Lecture: Fluoroscopy Technical Considerations and Radiation Safety


     Lecture: Medial Branch Block




     Lecture: Transforaminal & Interlaminar


     Lecture: Sacroiliac Joint


     Lecture: Risk Mitigation




     Lecture: Coding


     Questions and Answers


     Adjourn for the Day


     Networking Reception at the Renaissance Long Beach


Saturday, August 27
Lab Held at Science Care®

7:00 a.m.

     Shuttle Departs from Renaissance Long Beach




     Hands-on Lab: Needlecraft


     Hands-on Lab: C-Arm Utilization




     Bio-Skills Lab / Didactic: 70-Minute Rotations

1:20 p.m



     Bio-Skills Lab / Didactic: 70-Minute Rotations


     Adjourn for the DayShuttle Departs from Science Care®

Sunday, August 28
Lab Held at Science Care®

7:00 a.m.

     Shuttle Departs from Renaissance Long Beach




     Bio-Skills Lab / Didactic: 70-Minute Rotations


     Bio-Skills Lab Time


     Questions and Answers


     Course Adjourns


     Shuttle Departs Science Care® for Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)



Hotel Accommodations
Renaissance Long Beach
111 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802
Group Rate: $169
Cut-off: Thursday, August 4, 2016
Mention: Lumbar Bio-Skills Lab

Science Care®
3929 E. Conant Street
Long Beach, CA 90808 


Registration Rate
SIS/AAMP&R* Physician Member - $2,650
SIS Fellow/Resident, Military Member - $1,325 (limit 20)

**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 three airports that service the Long Beach AreaLos Angeles International Airport (LAX) is 25 minutes from the hotel, the John Wayne Airport (SNA) is 35 minutes from the hotel, and the Long Beach Airport (LGB) is 15 minutes from the hotel. Upon arrival at the airport, please arrange your own ground transportation to the hotel. The Spine Intervention Society will provide transportation back to LAX on Sunday at 11:50 am directly from the facility. Please make flight arrangements after 2:00 pm. The Society will not provide Sunday transportation back to the hotel, to other airports, or to LAX 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
Fellows and Residents Members must be board eligible in one of the above 6 specialties and are required to enroll in lumbar as their first hands-on bio-skills course. Fellow 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 the Fellowship Program Director and needs to 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, July 27, 2016 to

Attendee Preparation
Prior to attendance, participants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Spine Intervention Society-sanctioned materials which will be emailed at least one week prior to the course and the International Spine Intervention Society 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
The Spine Intervention Society (SIS) plans and implements educational activities in accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Accreditation Criteria and Standards of Commercial Support to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor. As an ACCME-accredited provider, our policy requires program instructors and planners 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 instruction. The Spine Intervention Society’s Education Division reviews all disclosures prior to instruction and has a process of resolution that, if not satisfied, results in the removal of the instructor. The intent of this policy is not to prevent expert instructors with relevant relationship(s), with commercial interest(s) or other interests from involvement in CME, but rather to ensure that the Spine Intervention Society CME activities promote quality and safety, are effective in improving medical practice, are based on valid content, and are independent of control from commercial interests and free of commercial bias. Disclosure information will be made available to all participants at this course. Instructors are also required to disclose this information to the participants verbally and on the introductory slide at the beginning of each presentation.

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.

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