The North American Spine Society is a leading provider of continuing medical education (CME) for spine specialists. NASS offers an ongoing full spectrum of courses throughout the year at numerous regional locations and at our Annual Meeting held every fall at a different North American travel destination.
The NASS Council on Education oversees the NASS education program. Dedicated physician experts serve on committees within the council and are directly involved in developing top-notch educational programming. These committees include the CME Committee, the Annual Meeting Program Committee, Resident & Fellow Education Committee, Spine Across the Sea Program Committee and Spring Break Program Committee.
CME Mission Statement
Purpose: NASS’ CME Program exists to improve physician competency and enhance performance through a comprehensive range of topics including research, techniques, current concepts and new technologies related to the care and treatment of patients with spinal disorders.
Content Areas: These programs address the diverse learning needs of the multidisciplinary membership in their care of patients with spinal disorders and improve their ability to assess treatment options, critique and evaluate new scientific developments and their effect on spine care. Development of individual activities on the topic of spine treatment is done through a series of needs assessments of the membership, educational program participants, and other spine care providers in the field.
Target Audience: NASS encourages any professional with an abiding interest in spine care, including physicians, other health care providers, medical researchers, and scientists from North America and abroad to participate in its activities.
Type of Activities Provided: The NASS CME program offers a wide range of activities, all based on adult-learning principles, to allow for different learning styles, taking into consideration the expected outcomes of each activity. The program provides didactic forums, utilizing audience participation; hands-on surgical technique workshops, focusing on new technologies and controversial issues in spine care; collaborative education with other societies; and multi-media offerings.
Expected Results of the Program: The overall education program is intended to improve physician competence and enhance performance relative to patient care. NASS is committed to assessing the effectiveness of its CME program, and employs assessment methods to evaluate the extent to which our CME activities result in changes through implementation of new techniques, research and concepts learned during an activity. Verification of stipulated expectations and measurement tools takes place through careful review by the Continuing Medical Education Committee.
The North American Spine Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.