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 that you have the skill set to successfully participate in. 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 meeting and it is where relationships are formed for years to come.

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; make 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 6 specialties. In addition, Fellows and Residents are REQUIRED to attend a Lumbar Procedures Bio-Skills Lab prior to taking any other courses.

Fellow members who are board certified in one of the above 6 specialties may submit a request to begin instruction at the Advanced Lumbar Procedures Bio-Skills Lab level. The request must come from the Fellowship Program Director and needs to attest to the member's skill level. These requests must be submitted via email to: membership@spinalinjection.org.

Bio-Skills Lab Protocol Waiver:

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: membership@spinalinjection.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 opportunities that are designed to enhance the competence of the physicians who perform spine intervention procedures to positively affect patient outcomes. This goal is accomplished by imparting the appropriate methodology to treat spine pain by teaching precision diagnostic and therapeutic spine interventional procedures.

Content Areas: SIS instructs its learners on fluoroscopically guided percutaneous procedures for the lumbar, thoracic, and cervical regions of the spine. Included among the educational offerings are informative lectures and presentations that: provide imaging depiction of the relevant anatomy; illustrate how to relate patient history and physical exam findings with imaging studies to achieve a likely diagnosis of the spinal pathology causal of the patient's pain or dysfunction; identify the literature support for the efficacy of procedures; identify the risks and benefits of each procedure, in addition to assessment, prevention, and treatment of potential complications. 

Target Audience: SIS learners are physicians representing multiple specialties including, anesthesiology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, radiology, neurology, orthopedic surgery, and neurosurgery, who are board certified/eligible and who seek state-of-the-art information and instruction to positively affect patient care.

Types of Activities: The CME program includes educational activities including hands-on bio-skills workshops, didactic courses, annual scientific meetings, regional seminars, evidence-based medicine and practice management courses. SIS CME activities are structured to allow an exchange of ideas, interaction with faculty, as an extension of training.

Expected Results: SIS was the first organization of its kind, bringing together physicians across disciplines to address the common interest of interventional spine care and has more than two decades of experience offering scientifically designed, unbiased, and ethically-motivated educational programs. Participating physicians will enhance their knowledge and skills in the subject area(s) offered, and apply the knowledge and skills to improve performance and patient outcomes in their practice settings.


Fellow and Residents 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

Contact Us

120 E. Ogden Ave. Ste. 202
Hinsdale, Illinois 60521
P: 630.203.2252
Toll Free: 888.255.0005

© Copyright 2016 Spine Intervention Society Privacy Policy  ::  Legal