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9/23/2016 to 9/25/2016
When: September 23-25, 2016
12:00 PM
Where: Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) / Hilton Tampa Downtown
Tampa, Florida 
United States

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This 17-hour cervical procedures course has been developed using a systematic evidence-based approach and is designed to address professional practice gaps. Our courses are highly structured and utilize experienced instructors from multiple disciplines who provide lectures, hands-on bio-skills training utilizing fluoroscopic guidance, small didactic groups, one-on-one instructor interaction, and participant discussion time with the instructors to create a holistic learning platform.

Performing cervical interventional procedures is not simply moving from the back to the neck; the structures present a completely new skill set and a higher level of precision and care. This course has been developed as an introduction to cervical injections. Containing seven hours of lecture and didactic time, nine hours of hands-on training, and one hour of time dedicated to one-on-one instructor questions and answers, this course is an introduction to cervical injection techniques.

Hands-On Lab Training

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

Lectures and Didactics

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


The Spine Intervention Society thanks our volunteer instructors.

Course Director
Joshua Rittenberg, MD
Oakland, CA

John Carrino, MD, MPH
New York, NY

Fred DeFrancesch, MD
La Place, LA

Rodney Jones, MD
Wichita, KS

Stephen Winston, MD
Grand Rapids, MI.


Friday, September 23
Lectures are Held at Hilton Tampa Downtown

11:30 a.m.


Registration / Box Lunch

12:00 p.m.


Introduction – Welcome and Expectations



Lecture: Spinal Imaging



Lecture: Cervical Transforaminal



Lecture: Cervical Interlaminar



Cervical Transforaminal Versus Interlaminar Pro/Con Debate



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






Lecture: Intraarticular Zygapophysial Joint



Lecture: Risk Mitigation



Lecture: Coding






Adjourn for the Day



Networking Reception at Hilton Tampa Downtown


Saturday, September 24
Lab Held at Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS)

7:00 a.m.


Walk to CAMLS






C-Arm Utilization: 45-Minute Rotations






Bio-Skills Lab / Didactic: 65-Minute Rotations

1:15 p.m.





Bio-Skills Lab / Didactic: 65-Minute Rotations



Adjourn for the day – Walk to Hotel

Sunday, September 25
Lab Held at CAMLS

7:00 a.m.


Walk to CAMLS






Bio-Skills Lab / Didactic: 65-Minute Rotations



Bio-Skills Lab Time




12:00 p.m.


Course Adjourns



Shuttle departs CAMLS for Tampa International Airport


Hotel Accommodations
Hilton Tampa Downtown
211 N. Tampa St., Tampa, FL 33602
Group Rate: $129
Cut-off: Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Mention: Spine Intervention Society - Bio-Skills Lab


Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS)
124 S. Franklin St., Tampa, FL 33602


Registration Rate
Physician Member - $2,650
Fellow / Resident / Military Member - $1,325 (limit 10)


Upon arrival at
Tampa International Airport (TPA), please arrange your own ground transportation to the hotel. SIS  provides bus transportation back to TPA on Sunday at 12:10 pm directly from the facility. Please note that the bus typically arrives at TPA by 12:30 pm; please make flight arrangements after 2:00 pm. SIS will not provide Sunday transportation back to the hotel or to the airport 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 education@spinalinjection.org.



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 before Wednesday, August 24th, 2016.

All ADA accommodations and/or dietary requests should be submitted to registration@spinalinjection.org.

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, Inc.

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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