Leading figures from AO Spine outline future focus

New offerings to serve the AO Spine surgeon community in the spotlight at the AO Davos Courses 2019

09 December 2019

AO Davos Courses 2019 opening, Rajasekaran, Ashman
Shanmuganathan Rajasekaran and Bryan Ashman at the opening ceremony of the AO Davos Courses 2019

AO Spine's International board chairperson Shanmuganathan Rajasekaran and Education Commission Chairperson Bryan Ashman spoke at the opening ceremony of the AO Davos Courses.

They gave participants an overview of the current status of AO Spine's most relevant projects."Treatment appropriate to one area of the world may not be the best for another area, so we aim to bring together experts from across the globe," Rajasekaran said, outlining AO Spine's current operations and future plans.

One of the highlights was the Research Objectives and Common Data Elements for Degenerative Cervical Myelopathy (RECODE-DCM) project, which aims to shape the way future DCM research is carried out, by developing a number of recommendations to improve research efficiency. Its core working group includes surgeons and researchers, as well as people with myelopathy, advocacy groups, and caregivers.

AO Spine Education Commission Chairperson Bryan Ashman discussed AO Spine's enhanced pathways to knowledge through its new global diploma program. The global diploma training program targets recent graduates from orthopedic and neurosurgery training programs, and spine surgeons who want to update their knowledge on a specific pathway. The global diploma exam targets experienced spine surgeons who want to certify their knowledge. With both written and oral exams, the first successful candidates will be awarded their diplomas in 2020.

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