Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Conference at Caesars Palace
Las Vegas Herald.Com 28-10-2013
The Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (SMISS) will hold their annual conference at Caesars Palace Hotel in Las Vegas, November 1 to 3, 2013.
Dr. D. Greg Anderson, International Chairperson, together with Dr. William Taylor, Education Chairperson, and Amy Johnson, Executive Director, will discuss this year’s innovative scientific program which will include CME-accredited didactic sessions with presentations and expert panels validating: new minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS) applications in spinal pathologies, improved and enhanced MISS techniques, and challenges in mastering new MISS technologies. In addition, the attendees should be better able to describe the advantages, complications, and outcomes associated with minimally invasive posterior and lateral spine surgery techniques; discuss MIS surgical techniques for stabilization and decompression of spinal trauma; evaluate MIS surgical techniques for spinal deformity, including specific maneuvers, effectiveness, limitations, and outcomes; and discuss the current successes, challenges, cost benefits, and barriers to adoption of MIS spine surgery techniques and technology. The SMISS International Board will make a major announcement concerning the development of the first Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program for surgeons who specialize in minimally invasive spine surgery. This educational program will create a new global standard for minimally invasive surgeon education and training by providing certification at three (3) levels: competency, expertise, and masters; in line with the following objectives:
•Establish SMISS-approved principles, competencies and techniques in the practice of MISS
•Create a competency-based curriculum as part of a fully-integrated lifelong learning program
•Define the standalone syllabi for SMISS-approved techniques which can be implemented to train, validate, and certify the performance of surgeons practicing the defined SMISS-approved technique
•Build an SMISS Faculty Development Program and tools to complement the SMISS curriculum
•Develop/publish outcome measures to quantify the value of MISS treatments, including systems, tools and metrics to measure and validate education, clinical practice and patient-reported outcomes
•Develop and establish independent and effective guidelines in MISS treatments
•Act as a recognized expert body to define, validate and improve standards of MISS performance
The SMISS CPD Program follows the principle of "Lifelong Learning" which is to partner a surgeon with education, tools, and support that will develop and maintain the surgeon's competence, proficiency, and expertise in MISS throughout his/her career. The announcement will be made in the Palace Ballroom Salon III at Caesars Palace Hotel located at 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109.
The announcement will take place Saturday, November 2, at 12:00 p.m. There is a rapid increase in technology that allows surgeons and medical practitioners to treat patients with minimally invasive procedures. The success of applying the already well-established techniques as well new and evolving techniques is based on effective teaching and learning programs. The contemporary medical era has witnessed unprecedented calls for greater accountability in all aspects of the professions, and this has inspired the outcomes-based education movement in medical education and professional development programs. Gone is the time when medical education could be planned with a focus solely on the latest aspects of medical diagnosis and treatment. Increasingly, medicine is being asked to be responsive to societal needs and mindful of the outcomes of its educational enterprise. Medical educators now ‘‘begin with the end in mind’’ and focus on the competencies needed to meet the needs of those they serve, and effect the outcomes desired in health care.
In furtherance of its mission, SMISS plans to abandon the traditional position of spine academic societies running annual congresses as a means to educate. There are many different types of bodies training surgeons on MISS, including medical device companies. Some organizations claim to be dedicated to MISS, while for others MISS is only another technique in their portfolios. However, there is increased accountability for facilitating and demonstrating the continued competence of physicians and improvements in the quality of health care are being called by government, the public and organized medicine. The SMISS CPD Program will use educational frameworks and planning tools to ensure a totally integrated learner-oriented, competency-based curriculum.
For further information regarding the SMISS 2013 Program in Las Vegas, visit www.smiss.org.