Module 1: Basic Science of the Spine
This module covers basic science of the spine for spine surgeons. It provides an in-depth overview of the basics of spinal disorders and constructs the base of knowledge for other modules of the eccElearning Diploma in Spine Surgery.
It takes 2-3 months to complete with a study commitment of 7-9 hours per week.
CME Credits: Up to 63 CME Credits available
Duration: 4 Months Access – expandable to 24 Months with subsequent Module purchases
Study Commitment: 7-9 Hours of study per week
Tuition language: English
Course Structure: 21 online lectures, each with pre- and post- learning assessments, additional learning materials and a Module Examination.
Editors: Prof Norbert Boos and Prof Mazda Farshad
What you will cover in this Module
This module provides an in-depth overview of the basics of spinal disorders and constructs the base of knowledge for other modules.
The summary of history of spinal disorders allows understanding of how developments occurred.
The knowledge on Spinal Biomechanics and Cell Biology are important in understanding of diseases and treatment strategies in spine surgery.
Pathways of Spinal Pain, genetics of spinal disorders and age-related changes are important in every aspect of understanding treatment strategies that are discussed in further modules in more detail.
Principles of spinal balance and development of spinal dys-balance are reviewed and summarised.
Basic technical concepts of biomechanics of spinal instrumentation, biologics in fusion, and also epidemiological concepts such as predictors of treatment outcome and spinal registries are provided.
The pre-operative evaluation of the patient, including history and physical assessment, imaging studies and neurological investigations are summarised. Anaesthesiological aspects before, during and after a spine surgery are described in a very understandable and efficient way.
- Know the main steps in the history of spinal disorders
- Understand principles of spinal biomechanics and biomechanics of spinal instrumentation
- Know the concepts of cell biology in spine, and the biology of spinal fusion
- Understand spinal balance and dys-balance
- Have an overview about the epidemiology of spinal disorders, predictors of treatment outcomes and the function of spine registries
- Know the principles of pre-operative assessment of a patient, including spinal imaging and neurological investigations
- Understand the concepts of anaesthesiological management of a spine patient before, during and after surgery
and trainees studying at fellowship level in Orthopaedic or Neurosurgical services
Practicing Spine Surgeons
in Orthopaedic or Neurosurgical services for Continuing Education or recertification
who wish to deepen their specialist knowledge
Non surgical spine specialists
interested in expanding their spine knowledge
Module 1: Basic Science
- 21 Online Spine Lectures
- 42 Pre- and Post-Learning Assessments
- 16 Anatomy and Surgical Access Films
- Downloadable References from European Spine Journal, Spine, Open Operating Theatre and more
- Up to 63 CME Credits
- Module Examination
- 4 Months Access – Expandable to 24 Months Access with subsequent Module purchases
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is an eccElearning Module?
A: eccElearning Modules are in-depth surgical education courses focused on a specific area of expertise - for example, Spine Trauma or Spine Tumours. They are collections of 3-5 Knowledge Packages, so contain 13-23 online spine surgery Lectures and all materials associated with them, including narrated Lecture presentations, assessments, downloadable references, CME Credits and the Certificate Examination. You can work towards the full Spine Surgery Diploma by completing all the relevant Modules.
Q: What does a Module include?
A: Modules are made up of 13-23 online spine surgery Lectures relevant to the Module area. This means you get all online Lecture Presentations, downloadable references, pre- and post- learning assessments, CME Credits and the Module Examination. You will have access to all these materials for 4 months - if you buy subsequent Modules, access will extend up to a maximum of 24 Months.
Q: Who recognises the eccElearning courses?
A: All eccElearning Lectures are CME accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME), of the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes (UEMS). EACCME credits can be converted into an equivalent number of American Medical Association PRA Category 1 Credits, so you can be sure the qualification is recognised internationally. eccElearning is also endorsed by the European Spine Journal.
Q: Is there a final exam?
A: All our Modules have a final 1-hour Multiple-Choice Question Examination. The Examination is only able to be taken once all the Lecture Assessments for that Module have been completed successfully.
Q: Is there a time limit for completing a Module?
A: Yes, you have a study period of 4 Months, though typical completion time is 2-3 Months. If you buy subsequent Modules within this time, your access will be extended by a further 4 Months per Module, up to a maximum of 24 Months.
Q: Can I request an extension?
A: Extensions are possible in justifiable circumstances. Contact us via our feedback/enquiry form to discuss your case.
Q: Can I try before I buy?
A: Yes. A free trial Lecture is available for you to review. Just register at www.eccelearning.com and navigate to Your Free Demo Lecture.
Q: What payment methods are accepted?
A: All major credit and debit cards.