Spine Complications

Daniel K. Resnick
Praveen Mummaneni

The CNS Spine Complications Course was developed in 2014 as a peer review quality-improvement opportunity for practicing spine surgeons. Participants in the course share, in an intimate environment designed to facilitate open and honest conversations, complications that occur in every spine practice. All participants are given the opportunity to present. Total participation is limited to no more than 40 surgeons in order to preserve the informal and close nature of the conversations.

In 2015, the course was held in Lake Tahoe, California, and received very good feedback. The next course is taking place February 4–7, 2016, at the Westgate Park City Resort & Spa in Park City, Utah, with the theme Crossing the Chasm: Critical Peer Review for Spine Surgeons.

Each day consists of a few brief didactic presentations followed by open discussion of actual complications. “Close saves,” the “disaster from up the street,” and “the resident did it,” are not acceptable topics for presentations. Participants present their own complications and what they learned from their experience. Senior faculty guide conversation with the purpose of sharing insight and knowledge about the causes and management of common and bizarre complications.

A mid-day break allows for skiing or other recreational activities. Optional sessions during the break cover new legislative quality initiatives, evolving technologies, and other current topics, and are available for those who wish to maximize their CME experience. Afternoon and evening sessions, including a working dinner, provide additional opportunity for case review and follow-up.

You are invited to join course Directors Drs. Daniel K. Resnick, Michael Steinmetz, and Praveen Mummaneni to present your complication this February in Park City. Register at cns.org/scc.

Additional Author: Michael Steinmetz

“Outstanding small group conference. The small size encouraged open discussion and critical thinking about complications.” —Jeffrey Tomlin, MD

“This course gives you access to some of the experts that you don’t usually get access to.”—Matthew Philips, MD

“Excellent discussion. Multidisciplinary perspective of ortho and neuro was excellent.” — Sigurd Berven, MD