June 2019

Education Resource Committee Update

Teresa Bas, MD, PhD
Education Resource Committee Chair

The SRS Education Resources Committee, led by Teresa Bas and Ron El Hawary, is continuing to review, revise and update the existing E-text chapters to ensure their educational integrity before incorporating them into new SRS 9 core curriculum domains. Currently the committee members have reviewed 15 existing chapters and are writing 8 new chapters to fill in gaps in the content of the current educational content. The Growing Spine Committee and Adult Deformity Committee have also been tasked to create new and current topics for their domains and are removing 7 obsolete chapters while combining 8 additional chapters. The new ASD chapters for 2019 already underway include:

  1. State of the art: Biomechanics of Spinal Fixation
  2. Radiation in Spine Deformity
  3. Cervical Deformity
  4. Proximal Junction Kyphosis
  5. Scoliosis Specific Exercises/PJK
  6. State of the art on minimally invasive Spine Surgery in Deformity
  7. Pre-op Optimization
  8. State of the art on Osteotomies for the management of spinal deformity
  9. State of the art on Predictive Modeling in Spine Surgery (to include frailty as a predictor of complications)
  10. Safety on complex spine surgery
  11. Infection Prevention
  12. SI Joint Disease
  13. State of the art on Clinical Outcomes in Deformity Surgery
  14. New technologies in Spine Deformity Surgery-Robotics and Navigation
  15. Safety in Complex Spine Surgery Workup and management principles of adult spinal deformity
  16. Patient selection for minimally invasive approaches to adult spinal deformity

The chapters are up to date reviews of the topics, well referenced with the opportunity to potentially be condensed into State-of-the-Art Reviews (SAR), with this effort being spear headed by Sig Berven, for publication after peer review in the Spinal Deformity Journal.

The SRS has provided extensive resources to support the new ERC committee, which is serving as the main driver of reviewing, creating and organizing the SRS global educational output into a concise educational platform accessible to spinal deformity experts worldwide for training and reference. Additionally, the hope is to eventually support this educational platform by employing an online learning management system. In addition to the original content created by the committees, the Domains will serve to prioritize key educational concepts form the Annual Meeting, IMAST, WWC, our expanding Webinars and Video Educational content into their easily searchable Core Curriculum domains for CME opportunities. The committee has enthusiastically embraced this project, with the critical help of the SRS staff and hope to continue to expand the multi-year development and organization of the societies educational content.


Chair: Teresa Bas Committee: Amer Samdani, Past Chair; A. Noelle Larson; Mauricio Montalvo; Mohammed M. Mossaad (E); Matthew E. Oetgen; Juan S. Uribe; Kariman Abelin Genevois (C); Joseph F. Baker (C); Paolma Bas Hermida (C); Shane Burch (C); Paul C. Celestre (C); Dean Chou (C); D. Kojo Hamilton (C); Christina K. Hardesty (C); Wade K. Jensen (C); Daniel G. Kang (C); Michael P. Kelly (C); Calvin C. Kuo (C); Kenny Kwan (C); Addisu Mesfin (C); Luiz Muller Avila (C); Andrea Piazzolla (C); Kris Radcliff (C); Dominique A. Rothenfluh (C); Daniel M. Sciubba (C); Qianyu Zhuang (C); Andre LF Andujar; Donita I. Bylski-Austrow; Kern H. Guppy; Yukihiro Matsuyama; Theodore J. Choma; Charles H. Crawford; Ryan C. Goodwin; Robert K. Lark; Ron El-Hawary, Chair Elect