Principles and Treatment of Spinal Disorders for Residents 2021

Develop skills and knowledge of AO principles as applied to spine injuries and some basic spinal disorders, multiple dates and locations available
  • Description

    AO Spine North America Principles courses address the additional training needs and practice gaps of orthopedic and neurological spine residents. Expert teaching faculty from both surgical fields will instruct participants in the AO Principles of fracture management as applied to spine injuries and some basic spinal disorders.

    All participants are encouraged to bring HIPAA-compliant cases for discussion to maximize their experience at the course.

    Learning will be delivered through

    • Small group discussions
    • Hands-on practical exercises with a participant-to-faculty ratio of 3:1
    • Case-based discussions
  • Learning objectives

    Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to
    Perform a complete neurological assessment and identify potentially unstable spinal injuries
    Order appropriate imaging
    Classify the injury according to fracture morphology, instability, and neurological status
    Describe the best operative and non-operative treatment option for each patient based upon the available evidence
    Reduce / Decompress / Stabilize appropriately
    Demonstrate basic knowledge of the principles of bone and soft tissue healing
    Identify anatomic and biomechanical issues in a spinal fixation
    Collaborate in the rehabilitation plan for the patient
    Identify and manage post-injury and post-operative complications
    Apply psychomotor skills developed during practical exercises into surgical practice

  • Who should attend

    Enrollment is limited to orthopedic and neurological surgery residents.

  • Locations and dates

    Location Date Register 
    Boston, Massachusetts, USA August 27-28, 2021 Register
    Las Vegas, Nevada, USA October 29-30, 2021 Register
    Baltimore, Maryland, USA December 10-11, 2021 Register


Course Chairs - Boston

Theodore Choma, MD

Theodore Choma, MD

University of Missouri

James Schuster, MD, PhD

James Schuster, MD, PhD

Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
University of Pennsylvania

Register now for Principles of Spinal Disorders - Boston, Aug 27-28


Course Chairs - Las Vegas

Michael Weber, MD, PhD, FRCSC

Michael Weber, MD, PhD, FRCSC

McGill University

Elizabeth Yu, MD

Elizabeth Yu, MD

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Register now for Principles of Spinal Disorders - Las Vegas, Oct 29-30


Course Chairs - Baltimore

Michelle Clarke, MD, MA

Michelle Clarke, MD, MA

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Gregory Grabowski, MD

Gregory Grabowski, MD

Prisma Health Orthopedic Center

Register now for Principles of Spinal Disorders - Baltimore, Dec 10-11

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