SRS Newsletter
September 2012
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Globalization Committee Update

Lawrence G. Lenke, MD
Globalization Committee Chair

Lawrence G. Lenke, MD

The Globalization Committee is working on a survey to be sent to non-North American SRS members. Its purpose is to assess several facets of our society from an international perspective. This is an attempt to see how well we are doing and what we could be doing better from their viewpoint. Hopefully this will lead to improved satisfaction for our global members and also provide impetus for other spinal deformity surgeons to consider applying for SRS membership.

The committee is also working on setting up regional subcommittees that will help in selection of World Wide Conference locations and International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques and Annual Meeting locations in the future. Additionally, it is hoped that these subcommittees will begin a "bottom up" type of organizational structure whereby ideas or suggestions are provided to the committee and ultimately, if and when appropriate, are brought to the Board of Directors for consideration. This was the original intention of the committee's development and it is anticipated that this will be beneficial to further globalize our society for improved education, research, and outreach goals.

Lastly, the Fellowship Criteria Task Force chaired by Mark Weidenbaum MD, which was charged with identifying ways of confirming board equivalency for prospective members, has recommended that the regional chairs of the Globalization Committee should be an integral part of this assessment. This process will be utilized in future years when candidate and active members apply for these respective positions.

Chair: Lawrence G. Lenke, MD Committee Members: Noriaki Kawakami, MD; Hee-Kit Wong, MD; David S. Marks, FRCS; Carlos A. Tello, MD; Osmar Avanzi, MD; Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, MD; Kenneth M.C. Cheung, MD