September 2021

Global Education in Spine Deformity Committee

Ahmet Alanay, MD
Global Education in Spine Deformity Committee

Since 2020 Annual Meeting, there have been three virtual Worldwide Courses (China, Russia, and Mexico.) All were successful in regards to attendance - China and Russia were virtual whereas Mexico was in-person. The WWC Subcommittee, in collaboration with the Egyptian Spine Association, will offer a virtual 90-minute session during their Annual Meeting on November 25 or 26 TBD.

The Nijmegen Hands-On Course was rescheduled from June 2021 to October 27-29, 2021, and will be the first SRS Hands-On Course since 2019. The course includes 17 confirmed faculty, 10 supported lab stations, and 30 participants from 18 Countries. Registration sold out early on August 20, 2021. As of August 30, there are five individuals on the waiting list to attend in-person. The Singapore Hands-On Course scheduled for November 17-19, 2021 has been postponed to October 27-29, 2022. The second course planned for 2022 is tentatively scheduled for June 20-24, 2022 in Bordeaux, France.

As a result of rescheduling all in-person Current Concepts after March 2020, Poland, Taiwan, and Chile were postponed, CCSD Subcommittee decided to create a virtual CCSSD which will employ a blended virtual learning format, hosted on the SRS online platform, Brightspace. The CCSD Subcommittee programmed the Global CCSD in accordance with the SRS Core Curriculum's Knowledge Domains and intends to draw from the recording of these talks for future blended formats. A discussion and strategy for future blended formats will be discussed once outcomes from this first fully-virtual course are ascertained.

The rest of the CCSD venue contracts are being finalized and the program planning will begin quickly following the SRS Annual Meeting.

Ahmet Alanay, Chair, Saumyajit Basu, Chair-Elect