March 2021

Needs Assessment Task Force Update

Haluk Berk, MD
Needs Assessment Task Force Chair

The goals of the Needs Assessment Task Force (NATF) is to assess and improve SRS members' ability to educate broadly about spine deformity – both to other specialists and by them. Anesthesiology, pulmonary medicine, physiotherapy, intraoperative neuromonitoring would be areas of interest in interdisciplinary education.

NATF group discussed the definition of needs assessment and why SRS needs a needs assessment task force and how to move forward. As a result of online meeting discussions, we decided to set-up a joint pilot webinar with anesthesiology knowing that spine surgeons work closely with anesthesiology so a collaboration on education seems natural.  However, the challenge would be getting a spine-oriented anesthesia society to collaborate or endorse these projects.  

Our group will come up with a webinar soon to initiate the collaboration and hope to establish a sustainable and ongoing product.


Chair: Haluk Berk Task Force: Carl-Eric Aubin; Oheneba Boachie-Adjei; Rene Castelein; Kenneth Cheung; Daniel Sciubba; Rajiv Sethi; Dan Sucato