- 27th Annual Meeting Symposia – Online CME – (10/27/12-10/26/15)
Purchase the session recordings from the 27th Annual Meeting to access specially designed content for surgical and interventional spine professionals. In addition to the symposia, purchasing recordings will grant access to best paper sessions, electronic posters, special interest group discussions, and allied health and concurrent sessions.
15 AMA PRA Category 1 CME CreditsTM Available
- Strategies for Reducing X-Ray Exposure in Pediatric Spine Patients –
The standard of care in the management of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis has always included periodic spinal radiographs to measure the magnitude of the deformity and to look for progression. While effective, these methods have been shown to increase the risk of malignancy later in life due to repeated x-ray exposure. This course will discuss management strategies for reducing x-ray exposure in the treatment of adolescent scoliosis, as well as some new methods for imaging the spine and trunk to evaluate spinal deformity.
1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CME CreditsTM Available
- Navigating the Research in Spinal Biologics: An Evidence-based Approach –
Current concepts in the research and use of spinal biologics will be reviewed during this course. Pertinent topics will be covered ranging from regenerative medicine for bone repair, to spinal cord injury, to future solutions for disc degeneration. The format will focus on a literature review of critical analysis topics followed by critique and discussion from the world's experts in these fields.
3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CME CreditsTM Available
- Minimal Access to the Lateral Lumbar Spine (05/13/11-5/12/14)
Minimally invasive lateral access to the lumbar spine has gained tremendous popularity. The ability to reach the anterior lumbar spine to perform interbody fusions has allowed surgeons to treat patients with a number of spinal diseases including degenerative disc disease, pseudoarthrosis, adjacent level disease, deformity, tumors and trauma. This course will cover the history, indications, surgical anatomy and techniques for safety navigating through minimal access to the lateral spine. A discussion on proper coding for the procedure will also be included, and a number of case examples will be analyzed.
3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CME CreditsTM Available
- Motion Preservation Technology: Clinical, Scientific and Economic Challenges (04/15/11-4/14/14)
This course will review the current knowledge base and challenges of motion technologies. The strengths and weakness of the available evidence will also be reviewed. Attendees will be provided with a firm understanding of state-of-the-art scientific techniques. Clinical and basic science presentations will be offered on cervical and lumbar disc replacement, posterior dynamic stabilization and facet replacement. Case study presentations will conclude the activity.
4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CME CreditsTM Available
- Trauma Evaluation, Classification, Pathologic Origin & Stabilization
This online course will offer spine specialists the opportunity to assess severity and treatment options for acute spinal fractures. Recognition of the inherent danger of spinal fractures, understanding of the pitfalls of treating an osteoporotic spine, and identification and management of complications will be covered during this course. Participants will learn the importance of aggressive and thorough emergency medical evaluation and stabilization in decreasing the morbidity and mortality of the polytrauma patient. After completing this course, participants should be able to evaluate the available spinal cord injury research trends and appreciate which spinal cord regeneration techniques have and have not demonstrated high level effectiveness in the treatment of spinal cord injuries.
4.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CME CreditsTM Available
- MRI of the Spine: Essentials for the Spine Specialist (8/25/10-8/24/13)
This online course will help teach spine specialists how to systematically evaluate and interpret MR imaging studies of the spine. Although there are many courses that focus on MR imaging of the spine, this one is distinctive in that it is given by spine surgeons and radiologists specifically for spine specialists. As such, it is more clinically oriented than other courses. It also provides an excellent reference for radiologists and others such as physical medicine and rehabilitation clinicians, rheumatology physicians, and nonoperative musculoskeletal care specialists who evaluate MR images of the spine and who would like to gain a better appreciation of the associated clinical aspects.
9.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CME CreditsTM Available
- Advanced Rehabilitation for Surgeons & Other Spine Specialists (7/1/10-6/30/13)
Many patients with acute and chronic low back and neck pain are treated by spine surgeons or other spine specialists. In most instances, patients are treated with rehabilitation, spinal injections, and/or medications. Only a small proportion will eventually require surgery, and even these patients will benefit from early and well executed rehabilitation medical care. Therefore it is apparent that the modern spine specialist, whether surgeon, physiatrist, pain specialist, or other practioners must be familiar with the current state of the art of rehabilitation, interventions, and medical spine care (RIMS). For some, RIMS was not an integral part of their training. Others may not have had the time to keep up with the current evidence for RIMS care.
3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CME CreditsTM Available
- Measuring and Communicating Value in Spine Care: Setting an Agenda for Action
Provides a solid introduction to the basics of health economics and value measurement and the implications for the spine field. Topics covered include an overview of economic assessment in health care, the most appropriate value measures in spine care, options for collecting health economic data, lessons learned from health economic evaluation of SPORT and other studies, spine care and comparative effectiveness research, uses of health economic data by payers in the US and abroad, and payment reforms and their implications for spine care. Members Only
- Evidence-Based Medicine Training
Earn CME From the Comfort of Your Own Home/Office
Free Course for NASS Members; $300 Nonmembers
NASS, in conjunction with the University of Alberta’s Centre for Health Evidence (CHE), has developed an online, interactive educational program based on content from the Users’ Guides to the Medical Literature. This online, self-directed training program covers the basics of evidence-based medicine and evidence-analysis. The course is designed to help practitioners improve their ability to find, appraise and use evidence appearing in the health sciences literature. Critical appraisal is explored within an "Evidence-Based Practice" conceptual framework where the focus is on whether and how evidence should change health practices.
Maximum of 30 AMA PRA Category 1 CME CreditsTM Available