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.

You can work towards the Diploma in Spine Surgery in instalments by enrolling on and completing each Module and the Surgical Skills Assessment.

Course Features

Course Structure: 21 online lectures, each with pre- and post- learning assessments, additional learning materials and a Module Examination.

CME Credits: Up to 63 CME Credits available

Tuition language: English

Study Commitment: 7-9 Hours of study per week

Duration: 4 Months Access – expandable to 24 Months with subsequent Module purchases

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Editors: Prof Norbert Boos and Prof Mazda Farshad

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Basic Package

Enrolment Fee: 

  • INTRODUCTORY PRICING – €579 €299

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Includes:

  • Online Lecture Presentations
  • Lecture Quizzes and Assessments
  • Reference Material Abstracts
  • Module Examination

Does not include:

  • Standard Downloadable Reference Material
  • Premium Downloadable Reference Material
  • CME Credits

Duration: 4 Months Access – expandable to 24 Months with subsequent Module purchases.

Tuition language: English

Diploma: You can gain the Diploma in Spine Surgery by completing all 9 Modules and the Surgical Skills Assessment within 24 Months of starting your first Module.

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  • INTRODUCTORY PRICING – €799  €399

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Includes:

  • Online Lecture Presentations
  • Lecture Quizzes and Assessments
  • Reference list and Abstracts
  • Standard Downloadable Reference Material
  • 1 CME Credit per Lecture (subject to passing lectures)
  • Module Tutorial
  • Module Examination

Does not include:

  • Premium Downloadable Reference Material
  • 3 CME Credits per Lecture

Duration: 4 Months Access – expandable to 24 Months with subsequent Module purchases

Tuition language: English

Diploma: You can gain the Diploma in Spine Surgery by completing all 9 Modules and the Surgical Skills Assessment within 24 Months of starting your first Module.

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Enrolment Fee: €1369

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Includes:

  • Online Lecture Presentations
  • Lecture Quizzes and Assessments
  • Reference Material Abstracts
  • Standard Downloadable Reference Material
  • Premium Downloadable Reference Material
  • 3 CME Credits per Lecture
  • Module Examination

Duration: 4 Months Access – expandable to 24 Months with subsequent Module purchases.

Tuition language: English

Diploma: You can gain the Diploma in Spine Surgery by completing all 9 Modules and the Surgical Skills Assessment within 24 Months of starting your first Module.

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What you will cover in Module 1 Basic Science of the Spine

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.

Learning Objectives

  1. Know the main steps in the history of spinal disorders
  2. Understand principles of spinal biomechanics and biomechanics of spinal instrumentation
  3. Know the concepts of cell biology in spine, and the biology of spinal fusion
  4. Understand spinal balance and dys-balance
  5. Have an overview about the epidemiology of spinal disorders, predictors of treatment outcomes and the function of spine registries
  6. Know the principles of pre-operative assessment of a patient, including spinal imaging and neurological investigations
  7. Understand the concepts of anaesthesiological management of a spine patient before, during and after surgery

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Target Groups

Spine Fellows

and trainees studying at fellowship level in Orthopaedic or Neurosurgical services

Practicing Spine Surgeons

in Orthopaedic or Neurosurgical services for Continuing Education or recertification

Orthopaedic and 
Neurosurgical Residents

who wish to deepen their specialist knowledge

Non surgical spine specialists

interested in expanding their spine knowledge

Lectures in this Module

You can browse the individual Lecture in this Module below, or download a PDF of our Diploma Lecture List.

1.1 The History of Spine Surgery and Spine in Medicine
1.2 Spinal Biomechanics
1.3 Cell Biology of the Spine
1.4 Age-Related Changes of the Spine
1.5 Pathways to Spinal Pain
1.6 Genetics in Spinal Disorders
1.7 Development of Spinal Deformity
1.8 Spinal Balance
1.9 Biomechanics of Spinal Instrumentation
1.10 Biologics in Spine
1.11 Epidemiology of Spinal Pain Disorders
1.12 Predictors of Treatment Outcome
1.13 History and Physical Assessment
1.14 Imaging Studies of the Spine
1.15 Neurological Assessment of the Spine
1.16 Neurophysiological Investigations of the Spine
1.17 Preoperative Assessment of Spinal Patients
1.18 Intraoperative Anaesthesia Management during Spine Surgery
1.19 Postoperative Care and Pain Management
1.20 From Clinical Signs and Symptoms to Diagnosis in Spinal Disorders
1.21 Spine Registries

Module Editors

Prof Norbert Boos - Spine Surgery Faculty - eccElearning

Norbert Boos, MD

  • Managing Partner, Prodorso Zentrum für Wirbelsäulenmedizin, Zürich, Switzerland
  • Deputy Editor, European Spine Journal
  • Founding Member, AOSpine

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Author

Prof Mazda Farshad - Spine Surgery Faculty - eccElearning

Mazda Farshad, MD

  • Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Medical Director, University Hospital Balgrist, Zurich, Switzerland

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Module 1: Basic Science

Pricing & Enrolment

Select a package below to enrol and to see what’s included. All courses & packages can be enrolled on to and started immediately. 

Premium Package

Enrolment Fee: €1369

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Includes:

  • Online Lecture Presentations
  • Lecture Quizzes and Assessments
  • Reference Material Abstracts
  • Standard Downloadable Reference Material
  • Premium Downloadable Reference Material
  • 3 CME Credits per Lecture
  • Module Examination

Duration: 4 Months Access – expandable to 24 Months with subsequent Module purchases.

Tuition language: English

Diploma: You can gain the Diploma in Spine Surgery by completing all 9 Modules and the Surgical Skills Assessment within 24 Months of starting your first Module.

Standard Package - POPULAR!

Enrolment Fee: €799

Enrol Now

Includes:

  • Online Lecture Presentations
  • Lecture Quizzes and Assessments
  • Reference list and Abstracts
  • Standard Downloadable Reference Material
  • 1 CME Credit per Lecture (subject to passing lectures)
  • Module Tutorial
  • Module Examination

Does not include:

  • Premium Downloadable Reference Material
  • 3 CME Credits per Lecture

Duration: 4 Months Access – expandable to 24 Months with subsequent Module purchases

Tuition language: English

Diploma: You can gain the Diploma in Spine Surgery by completing all 9 Modules and the Surgical Skills Assessment within 24 Months of starting your first Module.

Basic Package

Enrolment Fee: €579

Enrol Now

Includes:

  • Online Lecture Presentations
  • Lecture Quizzes and Assessments
  • Reference Material Abstracts
  • Module Examination
  • Module Tutorial (No Tutorial for Module 1)

Does not include:

  • Standard Downloadable Reference Material
  • Premium Downloadable Reference Material
  • CME Credits

Duration: 4 Months Access – expandable to 24 Months with subsequent Module purchases.

Tuition language: English

Diploma: You can gain the Diploma in Spine Surgery by completing all 9 Modules and the Surgical Skills Assessment within 24 Months of starting your first Module.

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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.

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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. 

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