Neuromodulation for Advanced Implantable Therapies: A Hands-On Cadaver Course for Pain Fellows

7 am–5:45 pm Thursday, January 11

This event combines didactics on spinal cord stimulation, dorsal root ganglion stimulation, and intrathecal drug delivery systems, as well as other approved clinical applications of neuromodulation strategies, with practical hands-on training in a cadaver laboratory. This premier training opportunity offers pain medicine fellows the opportunity to learn cutting-edge neuromodulation techniques and principles of implementation in clinical practice. Techniques explored include spinal cord and dorsal root ganglion stimulation trials and implants, intrathecal drug delivery trials and implants, deep brain stimulation trials and implants, and maintenance of neuromodulation therapies. Participants are under the direction of experienced faculty. Workshop participants must be members of NANS in good standing and are selected by an application and lottery process. This workshop’s intent is to foster a platform for multidisciplinary networking opportunity and create excitement in the neuromodulation space through shared lectures and content with concomitant Neurology and Engineering workshops.

Target Audience

This course is designed for pain fellows.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the mechanisms of neuromodulation therapies, including spinal cord stimulation, dorsal root ganglion stimulation, intrathecal drug delivery, and deep brain stimulation.
  • Identify appropriate patient indications and selection criteria for neuromodulation therapies.
  • Apply best practices for neuromodulation therapies.
  • Recognize psychological considerations involved in patient selection for neuromodulation therapies.
  • Define contraindications to 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, deep brain stimulation, and intrathecal drug delivery.
  • 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, dorsal root ganglion stimulation, and deep brain 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 neuromodulation therapies.
  • Appraise the current literature on the efficacy and safety of neuromodulation therapies.
  • Summarize the importance of incorporating implantable neuromodulation therapies into one’s clinical practice.

Registration Information :

Workshop participants are selected by an application process.

Preferential entry into the course is given to NANS members, and as this is a highly competitive training opportunity, NANS membership is required in order to participate.

Registration for the NANS Annual Meeting is mandatory in order to participate in the workshop.

Attendees of the Workshop Will Be Provided:

  • Two night's stay (room and tax) on Wednesday, January 10 and Thursday January 11 at the LINQ Resort and Casino.
  • Additional nights at the hotel for the NANS Annual Meeting should be arranged by the resident, and will be at their own expense (at a discounted hotel rate).
  • Round-trip airfare (nonrefundable coach).
  • Transportation between the Oquendo Center and the LINQ Resort and Casino.


Applications for this course are no longer being accepted.

Faculty subject to change.