NASS Insider


December 20, 2022


Explore What’s New in NASS Education for 2023


Courses & Conferences

NASS members will have a wide range of conference, courses, and online educational opportunities to choose from in 2023, allowing you to stay on the cutting-edge of the latest spine topics, innovations, techniques and new technologies.

Conferences include the mid-winter Evidence & Technology Spine Summit, February 1-4, held at the picturesque Canyons Village in Park City, Utah, where attendees can get re-energized while combining spine education with relaxation. Not only will the Summit will explore the latest surgical, medical and collaborative topics in spine care, but there will also be ample time to enjoy a premier ski and snowboard experience.

The inaugural NASS International Annual Meeting takes place July 21-23 in Bangkok, Thailand, and will explore the latest spine care science, techniques, and technologies through symposia, case-based discussions and podium abstract presentations. Hands-on cadaver lab courses will address the fast-growing area of Endoscopic Spine Surgery as well as Complex MIS procedures and Advanced Interventional Techniques. Bangkok is a vibrant city, rich in history with numerous cultural attractions, world-class dining, shopping and nightlife, making it the perfect location for this inaugural international meeting.

The NASS 38th Annual Meeting returns this year to Los Angeles, CA, October 18-21. Regarded as the premier meeting in spine, the education program features podium presentations, symposia and electronic posters addressing research, issues and trends in spine, as well as the Surgical Stadium that features expert surgeons demonstrating the latest spine surgery techniques and technologies. The meeting also hosts the world’s largest exhibition of innovative spine technology, services and products. Abstract submissions and proposals are now being accepted for NASS 2023 until February 3.

In January, NASS will present a hands-on course in Phoenix, AZ, addressing the latest Lumbar Spinal Injections Techniques. Attendees will learn both basic and advanced techniques, as well as how to avoid the risks and complications associated with the procedures. The workshop features extensive hands-on cadaveric skills lab to practice the techniques.

The course, Biologic Interventions for Spinal Pathologies: Stem Cells, Growth Factors, and Novel Therapeutics explores the rapidly evolving field of spinal biologics as more patients, researchers, and clinicians are recognizing its potential to treat challenging painful conditions. Attendees will learn what’s new in biologics for 2023 in the one-day course, April 21 in Chicago. Details posted soon on spine.org.

NASS members will have several opportunities to learn strategies to navigate the challenges of new coding guidelines. A January 18 Coding Webinar will address the new Evaluation & Management Codes and Guidelines. Expert faculty will take you through the process of how to document for each level of care, while providing real-world examples that are applicable to your everyday spine practices with plenty of time for attendee Q&A. In the spring, the comprehensive and highly-interactive in-person NASS 2023 Coding Course will be in New Orleans, LA, March 31- April 1. A wide range of basic and complex coding topics and procedures are covered through lectures, breakout sessions, panel discussions, one-on-one sessions and Q&A. And there will be plenty of time to enjoy the sights and sounds of New Orleans. And as in past years, the comprehensive course, Coding Update: Mastering the Coding Maze, will be held prior to the NASS Annual Meeting in Los Angeles on October 16-17.

New in 2023, NASSi and AO SNA will present a two-day program designed for spine surgeons facing many diverse challenges as they establish and grow their own clinical practice. The Spine Surgeons Career Program will be held in Santa Monica, CA, June 9-10. The program offers essential information about adopting the right new technologies, expanding your arsenal of techniques, implementing successful marketing strategies, and overcoming financial obstacles. Attendees will be armed with contemporary tools, technologies and techniques for the successful clinical practice.

Fundamentals of Spine Surgery for Residents and Fellows takes place on September 22-23 in Burr Ridge, IL, near Chicago. This two-day course will introduce surgical approaches to the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine as well as indications, principles, techniques, and skills. Look for details coming soon at spine.org.

NASS will be Introducing a new Innovative Endoscopic Curriculum for 2023, allowing surgeons to choose their own learning pathway, accessing training and relevant assessment at their own pace, to achieve their desired performance to drive the best outcomes for Endoscopic Spine Surgery. The curriculum features structured life-long learning experiences that combine eLearning (knowledge) and physical courses (clinical reasoning and practical skills). Details will be posted soon on spine.org.

A new comprehensive online course will address the topic of the Psychologically Informed Practice (PIP). The course objectives are to help spine professionals describe the distinction between the biomedical and biopsychosocial paradigms of spine care, demonstrate the ability to identify patients who can benefit from PIP and knowledge of inter-personal communication techniques, and identify behavioral changes they can implement in their practice right away.

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