A Guide to Continuing Education in Spinal Disorders

Whether you are looking to practice the latest techniques in complex spine surgery or get updates on managing back pain, UCSF has a CME course to fit your interests and level of training.



UCSF Spine Symposium

This two-day course is designed for neurosurgeons, orthopedists, nurses, physical therapists, physiatrists, anesthesiologists, and pain specialists, as well as primary care providers. It explores a wide territory of topics from diagnosis through treatment and recovery.


Themes include pain control, physiatry and rehabilitation, non-operative treatment strategies, surgery, imaging, and broad health system issues. In addition to talks by UCSF faculty, there are several guest lectures from experts in the spine field. All lectures are followed by case discussions aimed at highlighting key issues in breakthrough treatments.


Best for: All health care providers caring for patients with spine disorders

Date: May 31-June 1, 2019

Location: San Francisco, CA

Course Chairs: Shane Burch, MD, Lionel Metz, MD, and Praveen Mummaneni, MD


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Neurosurgery Update

This two-day course is an update on all topics in neurosurgery, including neurospinal disorders. The 2019 course includes topics on minimally invasive procedures, predictive models of outcome following spine surgery, anterior cervical fusion, and lumbar alignment restoration techniques, among others.


Best for: All health care providers caring for neurosurgical patients

Date: August 1-3, 2019

Location: Napa, CA

Course Chairs: Mitchel Berger, MD, and Dean Chou, MD


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UCSF Spinal Surgery Lab

This course is directed towards residents, fellows and spine surgeons to teach them advanced techniques for complex spinal disorders. Participants will review and practice surgical principles in the treatment of adult spinal deformities and tumors in a hands-on bioskills lab. The course is taught by neurosurgeons and orthopaedic surgeons and also includes interactive lectures and case presentations to hone decision-making skills.

Best for: Advanced surgical practitioners, residents and fellows looking to learn from world experts in a collegial atmosphere

Date: November 8-9, 2019

Location: Las Vegas, NV

Course Chairs: Vedat Deviren, MD, Christopher Ames, MD, and Aaron Clark, MD, PhD


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UCSF Pediatric and Adult Spine Course

This is a three-and-a-half-day event emphasizing pioneering trends in pediatric and adult spinal surgery. This course includes didactic lectures given by leaders in the spine community as well as a hands-on bioskills lab. Participants will review and practice surgical principles and techniques in the treatment of complex spinal disorders. Expert lecturers will describe the recent advances in treatment for a variety of disorders. Interactive case presentations will allow learners to apply knowledge to improve decision making for complex spine pathology.


Best for: Residents, fellows, and surgeons wanting hands-on experience 

Date: April 1-4, 2020

Location: Honolulu, HI

Course Chairs: Lionel Metz, MD, and Kyle A. Mitsunaga, MD 


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