The purpose of the Certificate of Attendance course is to provide an educational platform, offered through NANS, to educate and train physician providers on the evidence-based and appropriate utilization of implantable therapies for pain management (spinal cord stimulation and intrathecal drug delivery). The course will consist of 2 educational parts, including a hands-on cadaver lab, where spinal cord stimulation and intrathecal therapy implantation techniques are reviewed. Further, attendees will have scheduled didactics focusing on the core objectives described below.
This course is designed for those who have already completed residency and/or Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) fellowship training and are interested in formalizing neuromodulation in their practice.
Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Describe the mechanisms of implantable pain therapies.
- Identify appropriate patient indications and selection criteria for use of spinal cord stimulation and intrathecal drug delivery.
- Apply best practices for neuromodulation therapies.
- Recognize psychological considerations involved in patient selection for implantable neuromodulation therapies.
- Define contraindications to implantable neuromodulation therapies.
- Discuss the preoperative evaluation of patients being considered for implantable neuromodulation therapies.
- Define methods to optimize patient medical status prior to undergoing treatment with implantable neuromodulation therapies.
- Illustrate trialing methods for spinal cord stimulation, dorsal root ganglion stimulation, and intrathecal drug delivery systems.
- Outline implantation techniques for implantable neuromodulation therapies.
- Characterize biologic, technical, and hardware-related complications of neuromodulation therapies.
- Describe measures and methods to identify, limit, and manage biologic, technical, and hardware-related complications of neuromodulation therapies.
- Discuss spinal cord stimulation and dorsal root ganglion stimulation programming troubleshooting.
- Discuss management and dosing of intrathecal drugs and delivery methods.
- List appropriate steps for intrathecal pump refills.
- Analyze methods to encourage patient compliance with implantable neuromodulation therapies.
- Appraise the current literature on the efficacy and safety of implantable neuromodulation therapies.
- Summarize the importance of incorporating implantable neuromodulation therapies into a multidisciplinary treatment algorithm.
Interested participants must complete the required application form. Applications will be screened by the course directors for core requirements needed for entry into the program. Typically, candidates will have been in practice and desire to enhance their education on the appropriate utilization and deployment of implantable pain therapies.
Core Entrance Requirements:
For non-neurosurgeon trained physicians, the successful completion of an ACGME accredited fellowship in pain management is required for entry into the program.
The applicant must possess privileges or have the ability to obtain privileges for implantable therapies in a Joint Commission accredited hospital setting, properly certified surgical center, or similar facility.
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