Continuing Medical Education Information

This activity is jointly provided by The France Foundation and the Society of Interventional Oncology.

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Target Audience:

This educational activity is intended for interventional radiologists. Other healthcare professionals are also invited to participate.

Statement of Need:

The MSK Master Class is an intensive four-day workshop intended to offer practical knowledge, insights on the latest research, case presentations, and discussion designed for interventional radiologists looking to begin and/or expand their practice in musculoskeletal interventions.  The educational gap in physicians is knowledge (familiarity, awareness, or understanding gained through experience or study), competence (ability to apply knowledge, skills, and judgment in practice), and performance (what one actually does in practice).  These gaps were identified by the Program Planning Committee and supported by an educational needs assessment administered to SIO members in which MSK interventions was ranked as one of the top emerging topics in interventional radiology. The Program Planning Committee members are renowned academic interventional radiologists who teach, conduct research, and treat patients.  As a result of their experience in these settings, along with the information they gather from the publications in their field, and input from colleagues, they are able to identify knowledge, competence, and professional practice gaps. 

In our virtual planning meetings, the Program Planning Committee members discuss how the CME program will address gaps and will meet the educational needs as expressed by our members and meeting attendees (our target audience.) They then determine which topics would benefit the most attendees, and which presenters have the most expertise in the topic areas to be covered and a program is developed. The educational objectives of the symposia translate the broad educational needs into specific goals. 

Educational Activity Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the participants should be able to:

  • Recognize indications for radiofrequency ablation in the spine, indications for cyroablation in the spine, and thermoprotective techniques of spine ablation.
  • Describe common indications for percutaneous biopsy, common indications for percutaneous neurolysis in cancer patients, and different ablation techniques for desmoids.
  • Identify high-risk fracture patterns, advantages of mechanical augmentation, new implants in spine augmentation, and potential complications and mitigation strategies of MSK interventions.
  • Explain indications and technical considerations for fixation vs. cementoplasty in the spine, techniques to cement screw position, and risk and complications associated with screw fixation.

Accreditation Statement:

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The France Foundation and the Society of Interventional Oncology. The France Foundation is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation:


The France Foundation designates each internet live course for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Method of Participation/How to Receive Credit:

  1. Review the activity objectives and CME/CE information.
  2. Participate in the CME/CE activity.
  3. Complete the CME/CE evaluation form, which provides each participant with the opportunity to comment on how participating in the activity will affect their professional practice; the quality of the instructional process; the perception of enhanced professional effectiveness; the perception of commercial bias; and his/her views on future educational needs.
  4. If you are requesting educational credits or a certificate of participation, your certificate will be available for download.

Disclosure Policy:

In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, The France Foundation (TFF) and the Society of Interventional Oncology (SIO) require that individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. TFF and SIO resolve all conflicts of interest to ensure independence, objectivity, balance, and scientific rigor in all their educational programs. Furthermore, TFF and SIO seek to verify that all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in a CME/CE activity conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis. TFF and SIO are committed to providing learners with high-quality CME/CE activities that promote improvements in health care and not those of a commercial interest.

Activity Staff Disclosures:

The planners, reviewers, editors, staff, CME committee, or other members at The France Foundation who control content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

The planners, reviewers, editors, staff, CME committee, or other members at the Society of Interventional Oncology who control content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.


Faculty Disclosures

Faculty disclosures will be provided prior to the start of the activity.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use:

TFF and SIO require CME faculty (speakers) to disclose when products or procedures being discussed are off label, unlabeled, experimental, and/or investigational, and any limitations on the information that is presented, such as data that are preliminary, or that represent ongoing research, interim analyses, and/or unsupported opinion. Faculty in this activity may discuss information about pharmaceutical agents that is outside of US Food and Drug Administration approved labeling. This information is intended solely for continuing medical education and is not intended to promote off-label use of these medications. TFF and SIO do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. If you have questions, contact the Medical Affairs Department of the manufacturer for the most recent prescribing information.


The France Foundation and the Society of Interventional Oncology present this information for educational purposes only. The content is provided solely by faculty who have been selected because of recognized expertise in their field. Participants have the professional responsibility to ensure that products are prescribed and used appropriately on the basis of their own clinical judgment and accepted standards of care. The France Foundation and the Society of Interventional Oncology assume no liability for the information herein.