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Friday, February 25, 2005

Spine Societies plan education program

The Federation of Spine Associations' annual educational program will take place tomorrow during Specialty Day in Room 151 of the Washington, DC Convention Center. Each of the four groups that comprise the Federation will be responsible for approximately two hours of scientific content.

The North American Spine Society (NASS) will open the morning program, followed by the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA). In the afternoon, the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) and the Cervical Spine Research Society (CSRS) will be center-stage. The objectives of the meeting are:

  • To present a common forum for the four spine societies to exchange ideas regarding basic science and clinical problems of the spine.
  • To discuss current concepts in diagnosis and management of spinal disorders in the form of symposia, free papers, and instructional presentations.
  • To update the review of clinical and surgical results as well as complications.

Highlights of this years' program include presentations by NASS members on salvaging adult scoliosis and spinal deformity surgeries that have failed; topics on the immature spine presented by SRS, and controversies in cervical spine surgery offered by CSRS.

The Federation's current president is J. Kenneth Burkus, MD, of NASS. Program chairs include Robert F. McLain, MD (NASS); Alexander R. Vaccaro, MD (ASIA); William C. Horton, MD (SRS); Steven M. Mardjetko, MD (SRS); and Bruce V. Darden, MD (CSRS). Attendees will receive 7.5 category 1 continuing medical education credits for their participation.

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