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Surgical, medical and multidisciplinary symposia will offer a wide range of content for every spine care professional.


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Surgical Symposium: Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion--Why is it Better?
Moderator(s): Chirag A. Berry, MD

In this symposium, faculty will discuss the pearls and pitfalls of the oblique anterolateral approach, commonly referred to as oblique lumbar interbody fusion (OLIF) or anterior-to-psoas (ATP) approach, which utilizes an oblique trajectory to provide pre-psoas retroperitoneal access to the lumbar spine for interbody fusion. Participants will take home valuable points regarding the advantages of this technique vs. anterior (ALIF) and lateral lumbar interbody fusion (LLIF). Additionally, faculty will present a detailed discussion of potential complications and strategies to reduce their occurrence and discuss the anatomic challenges and the value provided by approach surgeons for potential and new adopters of this technique. Variations and modifications of the approach, and additional learning curve when approaching L5-S1 are also reviewed. Finally, there wil be a panel discussion of cases with audience participation.

Surgical Symposium: AOSpine NA: Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
Moderator(s): John G. DeVine, MD and Richard Bransford, MD

Faculty will define failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS), address the work-up to rule out other causes of persistent symptoms after surgery, discuss the pitfalls in the work-up and treatment, review the evidence for conservative care, and identify patients that may benefit from neuromodulation.

Section on Spinal Deformity: Diagnostic and Technology Innovations to Improve Safety, Outcomes and Efficiencies in Spine Deformity Surgery
Moderator(s): Shay Bess, MD

Technological advances in diagnostic and surgical modalities have the potential to improve outcomes and reduce complications in spine deformity surgery. Faculty will review recent innovations developed for surgical techniques and patient diagnostics to improve surgical outcomes.

Section on Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring: To Use or Not to Use. That is the Question.
Moderator(s): W. Bryan Wilent, PhD, DABNM, FASNM and Tara Stewart, PhD, DABNM

Through debate sessions, faculty will present the pros and cons to facilitate decision-making regarding the utilization of intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IONM).

Surgical Technique Cadaver Demonstrations: Cervical Spine Surgery
Faculty Presenter: Rick C. Sasso, MDo

This surgical technique cadaver demonstration will provide an overview and demonstration of cervical spine surgery.

Section on Spine Oncology: How Will an Individual Patient Do with Spine Surgery Using Predictive Models and Calculators
Moderator(s): Joseph H. Schwab, MD and Daniel M. Sciubba, MD

Patients and providers require better tools to forecast outcomes following spine surgery on an individual basis. Using predictive models and easy-to-use clinical calculators that exist on the internet or mobile device platforms, successes and complications can be predicted with better accuracy and precision

Surgical Symposium: The Sacroiliac Joint: Where Does It Fit Within Your Practice?
Moderator(s): David W. Polly Jr., MD and Heidi Prather, DO

Faculty will examine the anatomy and biomechanics of the SI joint, and as a possible source of pain vs. the lumbar spine and/or hip. Faculty will provide better understanding of non-surgical and surgical treatments for SI joint.

Surgical Symposium: Perioperative Optimization in Adult Spinal Deformity
Moderator(s): Jason Savage, MD and Raymond J. Hah, MD

The surgical treatment of adult spinal deformity (ASD) has been shown to improve function and PROs. Unfortunately, there is significant morbidity associated with surgery for ASD. Perioperative optimization has been shown to decrease risks and improve clinical outcomes in this patient population.
Resident and Fellow Education Pathway: Career Building Symposium
Moderator: Andrew J. Schoenfeld, MD

The fellowship match process may be daunting. Faculty will provide insight to follow best practices and know which actions to avoid in the fellowship interview match process (come prepared with questions). In addition, faculty will address approaches that can allow candidates to be competitive in the match. Career advancement opportunities, via the presentation of abstracts, research papers and presentations also will be addressed.

Resident and Fellow Education Pathway: Coding for Residents and Fellows
Moderator: Andrew J. Schoenfeld, MD

In this symposium, faculty will provide a comprehensive introduction to one of most essential skills when starting clinical practice: an effective and working understanding of surgical procedure and office- based coding.

Resident and Fellow Education Pathway: Transition to Pratice: Landing a Job
Moderator: Andrew J. Schoenfeld, MD

The transition from training to practice can be one of the most daunting and critical periods in the life of a physician. From finding a job, negotiating opportunities for success, clinical and practice-based challenges, there are pitfalls present at every turn. Faculty will ease some of the anxiety and provide insight into navigating the period spanning the end of clinical training and the start of independent practice. Ideal for residents, fellows and individuals within the first five years of clinical practice, this session will cover useful information for all interested parties and those also looking to transition to a new position in the near future.
Interdisciplinary Spine Forum: Thoracic Spine Pathology: Assessment and Differential Diagnosis
Moderator(s): Evan Johnson, PT, DPT, OCS and Rick Placide, MD

When evaluating the patient with thoracic spine complaints, there are unique aspects to the history, physical exam and differential diagnosis. Faculty will review the history and exam of the patient with thoracic spine complaints, discuss the differential diagnoses in the patient with thoracic spine complaints as well as review the regional effects the thoracic spine has on neighboring structures.

Interdisciplinary Spine Forum: The Role of the First Contact and Patient Interaction in an Attempt to Improve Prognosis and Reduce Chronicity in Patients with Spine Pain
Moderator(s): David Kartzman, DC

Chronicity and poorer outcomes are fairly common in patients with spine pain. These patients pose a challenge to spine providers and health care payment systems. In this session, panel presenters will describe methods for identifying key factors that may lead to chronicity and prolonged disability.

Interdisciplinary Spine Forum: Treating Olympic, Paralympic and Elite Athletes
Moderator(s): Robb Russell, DC

Management of sports injuries, particularly of elite athletes, is itself a team effort. In this session, participants will hear from practitioners who have experience caring for athletic spine-related pain and injuries for athletes from the Olympic & Paralympic Training Site in Chula Vista, California. Offering perspectives on physical medicine and rehabilitation, including interventional approaches, as well as chiropractic care and acupuncture, this panel will provide insight into how interdisciplinary teamwork can apply to competitive and recreational athletes you may see in practice.

Interdisciplinary Spine Forum: The Worksite Health Center--An Emerging Model and Opportunity in Value-Oriented Spine Care
Moderator(s): Claire Johnson, DC, MSEd, PhD

An estimated 10 percent of the adult population under 65-years-old will receive their healthcare through a worksite health center in the next decade. Worksite health centers provide cost-effective, quality healthcare to employees at their place of employment. These clinics add value through improved health, lowered healthcare expenditures, and improved productivity. Over half of employers with a worksite health center report a return on investment of 1.5 (for every dollar invested, they have saved a dollar and a half) or higher. One-third of organizations with 5,000 or more employees provide a clinic at or near the worksite and this trend is steadily increasing. With a high prevalence of spine-related disorders in the workplace, such as back and neck pain, the need for integrated, worksite spine care continues to rise. Spine care providers should be familiar with this emerging model and opportunity in value-oriented spine care.

Section on Radiology
Moderators John A. Carrino, MD, MPH and Mark Mikhael, MD

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Section Biologics and Basic Research: The Present and Future of Post BMP Biologics
Moderator(s): Christopher Chaput, MD and Zorica Buser, PhD

Faculty will present the types and evidence of osteobiologics with an emphasis on recombinant proteins/peptides, and discuss small molecules or biologics with a similar mode of action as BMP2. By incorporating the “campfire” format, attendees can become acquainted with the cutting edge in osteobiologics while at the same time sharing their experiences and engaging with thought leaders in the field.

Multidisciplinary Symposium: Social Media: How to Use it and Not
Moderator(s): Karthik Madhavan, MD and Steven Vanni, DO, DC

Faculty will discuss social media, how to develop an online presence, the #hashtag, negatives of social media and patient privacy.
Medical Symposium: Perioperative Spinal Cord Injury
Moderator(s): Michael G. Fehlings, MD, PhD and Christoph P. Hofstetter, MD,

Perioperative spinal cord injury is a well-described possible adverse outcome of spine surgery. In particular, surgeries such as deformity surgery, tumor surgery and revision surgeries are associated with the risk of transient or permanent spinal cord dysfunction. In this symposium, faculty will discuss some of latest topics and publications. This will abreast the clinicians and researchers alike as well as provide opportunities to discuss some of the research they are working on.