SRS Newsletter
June 2013
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Education Committee Report

John R. Dimar II, MD
Education Committee Chair

John R. Dimar II, MD

The Scoliosis Research Society’s (SRS) Education Committee has been working diligently on finishing the planning for the 48th Annual Meeting & Course in Lyon, France.  Final planning for the Pre-Meeting Course, six Lunchtime Symposiums, and three Half Day Courses was completed during the annual American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) committee meeting in March.  The committee had taken an “inclusive” approach to the selection of the faculty by selecting a diverse panel of the best expert speakers from all the membership.  Since the meeting is in Lyon this year, we also have invited many of our international colleagues to speak on a broad array of topics to inform the membership about the global contribution to spine surgery and offer a potentially different perspective on the treatment of spinal disease.  By now most of the proposed faculty should have received letters of invitation for the meeting and they are encouraged to respond favorably as soon as possible. 

We look forward to having all of our members attend the meeting and have tried to craft a highly informative and educational meeting.  Most of the course activities will be Continuing Medical Education (CME) accredited and new this year, the CME credits will be expanded to include several Lunchtime Symposiums. The Pre-Meeting Course will follow last year’s agenda of having a combined meeting on topics that are relevant to all the members followed by two concurrent courses, one adult-oriented and one pediatric-oriented, followed by an afternoon session covering additional topics relevant to the entire membership. The Lunchtime Symposiums will present several fascinating topics including radiation exposure and safety, crisis management in the operating room, neuromonitoring dilemmas, and the annual report of the SRS sponsored research projects.  The Half-Day Courses should also prove interesting and offer a diverse opportunity for the varied interest of all members. The three courses include Sagittal Balance, Surgical Decision Making and Surgical Techniques, the difficult challenges of treating Myelomeningocele patients and a full representation of the available non-operative and brace treatment techniques that will be jointly presented with International Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic Rehabilitation and Treatment (SOSORT). The committee hopes that the courses provide a diverse program to meet every member’s educational needs.

The committee is currently planning the SRS yearly submissions to the AAOS and Federation of Spine Associations (FOSA) for 2014 Annual Meeting and plans to submit four symposiums to the academy. Our hope is that all members of SRS, in the future, will consider submitting either an Instructional Course Lecture (ICL) or Symposium to the AAOS on behalf of the society next year to increase our participation and exposure at the meeting. 

Chair: John R. Dimar II, MD Committee Members: Mark B. Dekutoski, MD; Suken A. Shah, MD; Frank J. Schwab, MD; Ahmet Alanay, MD; Paul D. Sponseller, MD; Terry D. Amaral, MD; Christopher P. Ames, MD; Michael S. Chang, MD; Robert H. Cho, MD; Brian Hsu, MD; Andrew H. Jea, MD; Elias C. Papadopoulos, MD; Scott S. Russo, MD; Adam L. Wollowick, MD; Lukas P. Zebala, MD; Lori A. Karol, MD; Daniel W. Green, MS, MD, FACS; Sigurd H. Berven, MD; John C. France, MD; Kit M. Song, MD, MHA; S. Rajasekaran, MD, FRCS, MCh, PhD; Mark Weidenbaum, MD