SRS Newsletter
June 2011
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Education Committee Update

Joseph H. Perra, MD
Education Committee Chair

The Education Committee has been busy preparing for this year’s Annual Meeting events. Keeping in line with the focus of safety, the Pre-Meeting Course is titled Techniques for Optimizing Safety and Outcomes in Spinal Deformity Surgery. It promises to be a very informative course with the morning sessions broken down into adult and pediatric subsections. Both sections will address preoperative assessment and techniques to decrease errors in deformity surgery. The adult section further dives into adult spondylolisthesis, adult scoliosis, and issues of the osteoporotic spine and junctional deformities. The pediatric section will focus on adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, neuromuscular scoliosis, and early onset scoliosis.

The afternoon sections will be combined, addressing principles of improvement and techniques for optimizing outcomes in deformity setting. Following this, the role and use of neuromonitoring and techniques utilized in fixation in difficult scenarios and increasing mobility of the spine, where necessary, will be addressed.

Three concurrent Instructional Course Lectures (ICLs) will take place on Thursday, September 15. For the first time, CME credit will be available for Annual Meeting ICLs. The University of South Florida has designated that each ICL is worth 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) TM. There is an additional registration fee of $30 for the ICLs.

The SRS Growing Spine Committee will present Growing Spine: Early Onset Neuromuscular Spinal Deformity. The course will provide an overview of the challenges presented by children with early onset neuromuscular spinal deformity, and a survey of the current treatment options: cast/orthotic, growing rods, VEPTR, hybrid growing rods, Shilla, magnetic powered growing rods, and early fusion. Case studies will illustrate the decision making process involved in individualizing treatment based on the co-morbidities in this population, and define the indications for present day treatment modalities. Growing Spine Committee chair Lawrence Karlin, MD, is the chair of this ICL.

The SRS Worldwide Conference Committee will present A Potpourri of Worldwide Conference Presentations. This Instructional Course Lecture will present an international approach to various spinal deformity problems. The program will include lectures presented by local experts at recent Worldwide Conferences in South Africa, China, Egypt and Mexico. Drs. Ahmet Alanay and Kamal Ibrahim are co-chairs for this course.

Education Committee members John R. Dimar, MD and Lori Ann Karol, MD will chair The Treatment of Spinal Deformity Associated with Syndromic Conditions: Avoiding Complications & Improving Patient Safety. This ICL will cover the unique problems associated with the spinal deformities encountered in four major syndrome classes: Down Syndrome, Neurofibromatosis, Marfan’s & Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes, and common miscellaneous syndromes.

This year the SRS committees were given the opportunity to apply to present a Lunchtime Symposium at the Annual Meeting. Six committees will present symposia on Wednesday September 14 and Friday September16. The Adult Deformity, Evidence Based Outcomes, and Website committees will present on Wednesday and the Research Grant, Global Outreach and 3D Scoliosis committees will present on Friday. The symposia require no extra charge to attend, but do require pre-registration.

In addition to these activities, the Education Committee is responsible for the program at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons FOSA Meeting and putting together symposia for the SRS at the AAOS Meeting.

The committee has also reviewed the tutorials that are offered by SRS members to the membership to make sure they are in keeping with educational objectives and absent of industry bias.

Make plans for attending this year’s Annual Meeting. The Pre-Meeting Course and Instructional Course Lectures promise to be enlightening and educational. Any insight or future desire for topics for the Education Committee to tackle, are appreciated being addressed to: Joseph Perra, Committee Chair.

Chair: Joseph H. Perra, MD, Members: Ahmet Alanay, MD, Kamal N. Ibrahim, MD, Blakemore, MD, Brian Hsu, MD, Amer Samdani, MD, Adam L. Wollowick, MD, Mark B. Dekutoski, MD, Eric T. Jones, MD, Glenn R. Rechtine II, MD, Paul D. Sponseller, MD, John R. Dimar, MD, Lori A. Karol, MD, Daniel W. Green, MD