Important updates to the AO Spine Latin America CEP program


17 February 2021


The AO Spine Latin America Continuing Education Program (CEP) is an online postgraduation specialization program for orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, as well as residents and fellows. The newly reconstructed lato sensu postgraduation program focused on spine pathologies offers a valuable academic certificate, exclusively for AO Spine members.

The CEP spine specialization program is taught by renowned Latin American spine surgeons and it is tailored to surgeons’ needs. Faculty members mentor and support participants throughout the program, which is offered in collaboration with Caxias do Sul University in Brazil.

The aim is to learn how to reason correctly in different situations of diagnosis and treatment, and in decisions related to surgical techniques. Focus is on clinical aspects of a wide range of pathologies—trauma, degeneration, adult and pediatric deformity, oncology, infection, inflammatory spondyloarthropathy, spinal fragility fractures, as well as complications, physiology and biomechanics, research, anatomy, approaches and surgical techniques—all according the new AO Spine curriculum.

Participants can also expect to further develop their skills in describing current diagnostic tools, analyzing the natural evolution of ailments, updating concepts of osseointegration and instrumentation, analyzing potential complications related to treatments and considering how to avoid and treat them, and focusing on important aspects of anatomy, physiology, approaches, and surgical techniques.

Nestor Fiore
“The program is the best way to boost your career: It gives participants access to up-to-date content while following an ultimate syllabus to advance their career. To get the certificate, students must attend all the synchronous meetings, complete the self-directed asynchronous activities and complementary face-to-face on-site activities, and take the final online exam at the end the program.”

Néstor Fiore, program director

A dynamic and flexible program

Participants entering the program in 2021 will experience a new, friendly, and improved virtual learning environment, a platform with powerful blended learning and collaborative education tools. The flexible platform enables AO Spine to create engaging experiences and to deliver seamless educational pathways.

The reasoning behind restructuring the new learning pathway was to make it more dynamic and flexible. Learners can work in various self-directed ways while staying engaged on the educational platform. The modular program will allow participants to complete the postgraduation program in 18 months.



Learners can perform self-directed asynchronous activities at their own pace. This will ensure that they can learn their own way, whenever and wherever they want. The synchronous activities are offered on several dates throughout the course, so that the participant can choose the most convenient moment to obtain the knowledge.

A few years ago, Carlos Zanardi took the CEP course to reinforce and acquire new knowledge related to spinal pathologies. Recently, Zanardi had the chance to get back to the program as a tutor and can relate to the learners.

"I found the opportunity to interact with colleagues and tutors in the discussion forums and synchronous meetings especially interesting,” he said. “For me, discussing cases and exchanging opinions in an atmosphere of respect are the best ways to learn."

Find out more about the program here.
Carlos Zanardi
“I am proud to be part of the team that develops the Continuing Education Program. Now I can share my knowledge and experience, enjoy, and keep learning from interaction with the students and other teachers. I look forward to welcoming new students in 2021.”

Carlos Zanardi, program tutor and former participant

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