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Course Information

Unique Features of the Course

  • Interactive Small Group Case Presentations – Participants are encouraged to bring cases for discussion
  • Collegial atmosphere with ample opportunity to pose questions to the faculty and honored guest one-on-one and during lectures

Course Schedule

  • The program runs from Wednesday, July 12 through Tuesday, July 18.
  • The physician program begins at 2:30 pm on July 12 and ends at 10 am on July 18.
  • The pre-course non-surgical lectures begin at 12 noon on July 12 and end at 10 am on July 18.
  • Round-trip transportation from the Hyatt Regency Hotel at the Arcade to Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Hospital will be provided each day.
  • Lab sessions are Non-CME.
  • Back Again This Year – "Management of Spine Tumors" didactic lectures on July 11 & 12. This is an optional add-on to the Cleveland Spine Review Course (see page 6).

Cleveland Spine Review: Hands-On 2017 is a comprehensive course utilizing the cadaver laboratory and didactic sessions with ample time for discussion. This intensive course emphasizes the fundamentals of spine surgery, particularly biomechanical considerations, and the surgery decision-making process.

Through intensive, hands-on sessions utilizing cadavers, participants study surgical techniques and strategies for a range of procedures including occipitocervical, cervical, thoracic, and lumbar fixation techniques. Complex surgical exposures in all regions of the spine are emphasized.

Led by experienced faculty, the course examines the multiple adjuncts to surgery, including soft tissue and bone retractors and distractors, minimally invasive surgical techniques, spinal implants (from multiple vendors), and dissection tools. Non-operative strategies are also emphasized. Significant time is dedicated to operative indication discussions. The problem-based decision-making process is introduced and emphasized during these very interactive discussions.

Upon completion of the Cleveland Spine Review, the participant will be able to:

  • Utilize problem-based decision-making to develop logical algorithms for solving complex problems.
  • Employ physiological and surgical principles to spinal fusion and instrumentation.
  • Apply anatomic and physiologic principles to the variety of surgical approaches available to access all regions of the spine.
  • Recognize the fundamental skills required to perform the most appropriate operation for any given clinical pathology, and to recognize one’s own limitations in this regard.
  • Evaluate available instrumentation systems and appreciate the advantages of each, as well as the relative indications for their use.

Why Should Non-Surgeons Attend?

Nurses, Advanced Practice Nurses, Physician Assistants, Physiatrists and other medical spine specialists have the unique opportunity to learn side by side, in didactic sessions as well as a cadaver laboratory, with surgeons in a relaxed, collegial atmosphere. Additionally, a special session for non-surgeons is held prior to the start of the Spine Review on the first day to meet fellow attendees and prepare for the content to be presented throughout the remainder of the course. A variety of nonsurgical breakout sessions and a cadaver dedicated to non-surgeons gives participants a multifaceted learning experience. Social functions complete an extremely memorable course.