September 10-13, 2008 • The Grand America Hotel • Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

Credit Designation Statement

Scientific Program
Medical Education Resources designates this educational activity for a maximum of 16.5 category 1 credits towards the AMA PRA category 1 credits. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Pre-Meeting Course
Medical Education Resources designates this educational activity for a maximum of 7.0 category 1 credits towards the AMA PRA category 1 credits. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Both of these CME activities are planned and produced in accordance with ACCME Essentials.

Target Audience
Presentations at the SRS Annual Meeting & Course will have value for physicians and allied health personnel who treat spinal deformities at all levels and in all ages of patients. Medical students, residents, fellows and researchers with an interest in spinal deformities will also benefit from the materials presented.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of the SRS Annual Meeting & Course, participants should be able to:

  1. Recognize the potential for complications related to particular surgical techniques that allow them to take steps to avoid or minimize them.
    • Accurately estimate the risks of infection, neurologic damage and failure of fixation after spinal surgery.
    • Discuss at least two methods to minimize blood loss during spinal surgery.
    • Optimize selection of proximal and distal fusion levels in AIS and adult deformity.
    • Discuss revision rates after deformity surgery and their predictors.
  2. Analyze emerging options for treatment of different spinal deformities and related conditions.
    • Analyze the role of casts, growing rods, VEPTR and stapling in early-onset spinal deformity.
  3. Assess the role of genetic testing in predicting the course of spinal deformity in children and adolescents.
    • List three theories of etiology of "idiopathic" scoliosis and discuss evidence.
  4. Accurately describe classifications for AIS and how they guide treatment.
    • Discuss how to predict and quantify the effect of spinal osteotomies.
  5. Analyze treatment options and complications for both primary and metastatic spinal tumors.
  6. Discuss current research on optimizing recovery after spinal cord injury.
  7. Discuss treatment and results of treatments for degenerative scoliosis.
  8. Understand outcomes assessment methods for spinal deformity.

CME Certificates
Medical Education Resources (MER) will provide CME credits for the SRS 43rd Annual Meeting & Course. MER requires that you sign-in at the Pre-Meeting Course and the Annual Meeting, as well as submit your completed meeting evaluation at the registration desk in order to obtain your credits. If any of these requirements are not completed, you will not receive your CME credits. MER will send certificates to attendees 4 to 6 weeks after the Annual Meeting & Course.