Applications open for the 2021 AO Spine Global Diploma Exam

A unique opportunity for experienced spine surgeons to certify their knowledge

10 September 2020

AOSpine Global Diploma
The AO Spine Global Diploma Exam is a formal assessment of competencies required to manage patients with spinal disorders. The exam provides an ideal way for AO Spine members with 5 or more years’ experience as a spine surgeon to take stock and assess their professional development.

Applications for the 2021 AO Spine Global Diploma Exam are open until September 26, 2020.

The AO Spine Global Diploma Exam accredits theoretical knowledge in spine surgery at an international level and highlights any potential gaps in knowledge so that the surgeon can take action. Successful candidates benefit from AO Spine’s credibility and reputation as the leading global academic community in spine.

"It is the only summative examination of knowledge and decision-making with respect to treating patients with spinal conditions,” project leader Bryan Ashman says.

Examination Committee member Alpaslan Şenköylü reminds that measuring one’s skills and knowledge is crucial for a surgeon’s career development. "What gets measured gets improved! If a spine surgeon wants to improve, they should be aware of their level as well as their goals.”

Interested surgeons should register for an eligibility check by sending their CV and the application form confirming their experience. After the administration fee has been received, the Examination Committee will review the applicant’s eligibility. Eligible candidates will receive information about next steps by end of September 2020. The first part of the exam will take place in February 2021 at Pearson Vue global test centers.

For more details, important dates, and registration fees, visit the Global Diploma Exam website or contact

S Rajasekaran
“With the AO Spine Global Diploma surgeons can authenticate their training proudly. This will set them apart from their peers and increase their standing amongst patients.”

AO Spine International Board Chairperson S. Rajasekaran

The AO Spine Global Diploma is based on the AO Spine Curriculum.

Download the Curriculum brochure


The AO Spine Global Diploma Exam is open to AO Spine members.

If you are not yet a member, join us today.

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