SI-BONE® is committed to improving patient care by advancing the diagnosis of lower back pain, and minimally invasive surgery for the sacroiliac (SI) joint. An important component of this pledge is meeting the educational needs of surgeons and their staffs. Since 2009, SI-BONE has trained over 1900 surgeons worldwide on the iFuse Implant System®. SI University® offers a broad curriculum of educational programs on the diagnosis and treatment of SI joint disorders.
SI-BONE’s Medical Affairs Department has created a comprehensive series of educational programs for surgeons and other health care professionals (HCPs) who are part of the surgeon’s team such as pain management physicians and mid-level providers. A variety of patient-focused resources have also been developed. SI University programs help surgeons build their knowledge on the diagnosis and treatment of SI joint pain in addition to formal training on the iFuse Implant System. Specialty training programs have been created for other HCP specialists interested in learning about SI joint diagnosis and treatment.
SI Primary Surgeon Training
This program is for the orthopedic or neurologic surgeon who has committed to incorporating the diagnosis and treatment of the SI joint into his/her clinical practice. Pain management physicians and mid-level providers are encouraged to attend this course with their affiliated surgeon(s). The program consists of a didactic session and a cadaveric training session on the iFuse Implant System. The SI joint didactic session includes: Basic Science (anatomy and biomechanics), Epidemiology (prevalence), Diagnosis (Provocative Testing and the diagnostic algorithm), Treatment (Non-surgical and surgical treatment) and a review of the clinical literature on MIS SI joint fusion.
Faculty for this course will include an experienced iFuse surgeon, a pain management specialist with expertise in SIJ diagnosis and non-surgical treatment, and a physical therapist with manual therapy specialization and experience treating SI joint patients. The faculty surgeon will present the basic science, the clinical literature and will lead the training on the iFuse Implant System. The pain management physician will speak on diagnosis, non-surgical management and injections. He or she may also demonstrate an SI joint injection in the lab. The physical therapist will speak on diagnosis and rehabilitation. The PT will lead the “hands on training” on the provocative maneuvers.
SI Diagnostic Workshop
This program is for surgeons who have already completed the SI University Primary Surgeon Training Course and wish to further their knowledge and understanding of SI joint diagnosis and treatment. Pain management physicians and mid-level providers are encouraged to attend this course with their affiliated surgeon(s). The learning goals are for the attendees to become more confident and more competent in diagnosing SI joint pathology. Focus will be on differentiating SI joint pain from other potential pain generators such as the lumbar spine and/or hip.
The faculty for this course will include a spine surgeon, a pain management physician, a physician assistant and a physical therapist. All faculty have significant experience in diagnosing and treating sacroiliac joint patients. The learning sessions are designed to be free flowing and interactive. The faculty will discuss the SI joint patient from the context of their individual practices. The faculty will also discuss how they interact with the other specialty providers in a collaborative manner to provide optimal care for their SI joint patients. Since this is an interactive session, attendees are encouraged to bring case studies to discuss with the group.
SI Diagnostic Workshop with Cadaveric Session
This workshop is for surgeons who have completed an SI University Primary Surgeon Training Course. Pain management physicians and mid-level providers may attend this course with their affiliated surgeons. The same material as in the SI Diagnostic Workshop is covered in this course with an added cadaveric session. The surgeon faculty will review the iFuse surgical technique and attendees will then have the opportunity to perform the procedure on a cadaver. During the cadaveric session, pain management and mid-level attendees will meet as a group for a round table discussion on SI joint diagnosis and diagnostic injections. Attendees will then be able to perform SI joint injections on cadavers or on the SI-Sam anatomic model.
Masters’ Course in SI Surgery
This course is for experienced iFuse surgeons who wish to elevate their knowledge and understanding of the SI joint. The course will include more in depth didactic sessions on SI joint biomechanics and advanced topics such as “Adjacent Segment Degeneration” and “The Hip Spine Syndrome.” The course will include a review and update on the MIS SI joint fusion clinical literature. Attendees will discuss evaluation of the patient with continued or recurrent pain after the iFuse procedure and revision strategies. A cadaveric session is included as part of this course. The cadaveric session will include posterior, lateral, and anterior approaches to the SI joint. Time will be allotted for focused individualized work in the lab. The surgical faculty for the Masters’ Course is drawn from highly experienced iFuse surgeons with demonstrated excellence in teaching their peers. The faculty may include an orthopedic trauma and/or hip surgeon as well as a pain management physician and a physical therapist. The faculty will work collaboratively to share strategies for working with other healthcare specialists to diagnose and treat SI joint patients. The course is designed to foster communication and to further develop networks to treat their SI joint patients.
Didactic and Soft Tissue Model Training for the Stealth & O-Arm Systems
This program is designed to train surgeons on utilization of the StealthStation and O-Arm Systems.
SI University Educational Events
SI-BONE has a broad network of health care professionals (HCPs) that serve as consultant faculty. Each of these HCPs has demonstrated extensive experience in diagnosing and treating SI joint disorders. Consultant faculty includes; orthopedic spine surgeons, neurosurgeons, orthopedic trauma surgeons, pain management specialists, mid-level providers (PAs/NPs), and physical therapists. Faculty consultants are available to present approved materials at educational events. Presentation content is tailored to the specialty of the presenter (the presenter’s respective area of expertise).
SI Diagnostic Workshop: PA/NP Focused
This workshop is intended for mid-level providers working with trained iFuse surgeons. The course objectives include; overcoming diagnostic challenges, incorporating iFuse into a practice, and working collaboratively with other providers to develop practice specific pathways for the diagnosis and treatment of their SI joint patients. Attendees will discuss strategies to incorporate the evaluation of the SI joint during history and physical examination of their patients with low back pain. Sessions will include training to differentiate pain coming from the SI joint from pain coming from the lumbar spine and/ or the hip. Special “hands-on training” for physical examination including the SI joint diagnostic provocative maneuvers will be provided.
Continuing Education (CE) Events
SI-BONE/SI University partners with a number of certifying organizations to provide educational programs that may award continuing education credit hours. Attendees may utilize these continuing education credits to fulfill licensure requirements. Educational content is focused on the diagnosis and treatment of SI joint patients. Content for these presentations is tailored to the audience. Content is typically reviewed and approved by the certifying organization.
Continuing education credit programs are currently available for Physical Therapists and for Case Managers.
Case management is a collaborative process of assessment, planning, facilitation, care coordination, evaluation, and advocacy for options and services to meet an individual’s and family’s comprehensive health needs through communication and available resources to promote quality, cost- effective outcomes. Case managers help facilitate and coordinate care and care decisions.