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AOSpine Mentorship—Education


The AOSpine Mentorship-Education will see spinal surgeons at the start of their careers as attending or staff surgeons paired with accomplished peers for a unique educational and professional experience. Each mentee can select from a wide range of competencies (both clinical and nonclinical) to focus on. Specific care will be taken in selecting the appropriate mentor based on the mentees needs.

Definition of the AOSpine Mentorship-Education

"Mentoring is a supportive learning relationship between a caring individual who shares knowledge, experience and wisdom with another individual who is ready and willing to benefit from this exchange, to enrich their professional journey".

Suzanne Faure

Aim and Objectives of the AOSpine Mentorship-Education 

The overall aim of the scheme is to provide additional experience, knowledge and guidance for trained orthopedic and neurosurgeons interested in spinal surgery.

The AOSpine Mentorship-Education is structured to enable applicants to develop their ability in various clinical and nonclinical competencies based on the AOSpine Curriculum:

  • Knowledge of spinal disorders
  • Technical expertise in spinal interventions
  • Evidence-based decision making
  • Communication and teamwork
  • Practice management and health economics
  • Learning, teaching and research
  • Professional practice 


The individual's scheme will last approximately 2 years and consist of the following: 
  • Individual introductory virtual meetings
  • Face to face meeting of all Mentors and Mentee's
  • One year's virtual mentoring
  • Three month face to face fellowship
  • One year's virtual mentoring

Mentee Criteria

  • Applicants must currently be a paying AOSpine Member and have been for a minimum of two years' (The date that the applicant must have been a member for the two years is the date of the application opening. These two years do not have to be consecutive (ie. They can have had a short break in their paying membership during this time)
  • Applicants must have completed at least two AOSpine face to face educational events, online events do not count (for examples webinars)
  • Applicants must provide a letter of support and good standing from their Department Chair indicating the applicants wish to become a spinal surgeon and with specific details of being allowed to attend the face to face element of the scheme.
  • Applicants must show a demonstrable commitment to spine, (1)
  • Applicants must show evidence of academic ambition, (2)

1. Completed ortho / neuro residency, two letters indicating applicants wish to become a spinal surgeon (one from Department Chair (as detailed above) and one from a senior AOSpine paying member (who has also been faculty at an AOSpine event))

2. Published papers / abstracts / societal presentations (attendance at GSC although not mandatory will be favoured above local or regional conferences) 

Timeline of the selection process 

  • Open Call for applications: 4 weeks
  • Deadline for online needs assessment to have been completed: 1 week
  • All CV's scored: 4 weeks
  • All statements reviewed and interviews completed: 4 weeks
  • Pairing process completed: 4 weeks
  • All phone calls between potential pairs completed and selections final: 2 weeks
  • The timeline may alter. Potential candidates will be kept up-to-date on any changes to the schedule.

Online applications will be open soon.


Further Information

If you have any questions please contact AOSpine Education;

Please ensure you read all the documentation to fully understand the scheme; its requirements, processes, administration and commitment.

Mentor Job Description

'Guidelines' document

List of Mentors

Mentor Profiles:
A Falavigna; A Haghnegahdar; A Vaccaro; D Hanson; F C Oner; J Wang; M Fehlings;
M GruenbergM ValaccoN Fisher-JeffesR HartlR Postigo; V K Gomatam 

Mentorship Agreement

'Scoring and Pairing' Document

Curriculum Framework

Code of Conduct