Postgraduate Masters-Level Diploma in Spine Surgery
A comprehensive Masters-level Spine Surgery Education Programme.
Diploma in Spine Surgery
Practising Spine Surgeons
(7-9 hrs study per week)
179 Online Spine Surgery Lectures
in 9 Modules
16 Surgical Access Films
Up to 4200 Downloadable References
8 live Tutorial events
9 Online Module Examinations
A Surgical Skills Assessment
537 CME Credits
Basic Science of the Spine
Degenerative Disorders of the Cervical Spine
Degenerative Disorders of the Thoracolumbar Spine
Infections & Inflammation of the Spine
Complications and Revision Surgery
About this course
This online distance-learning course is a Diploma in Spine Surgery. It is a comprehensive Masters-level spine surgery education programme which complements your clinical and surgical training and can be completed with no travel required.
It covers all areas of spine surgery, from basic science of the spine through to degenerative disorders, deformity, tumours, infections, inflammations, revisions and corrective surgery.
- 179 online spine lectures in 9 Modules (Lecture List PDF)
- 356 quizzes and assessments
- 16 surgical access films
- Up to 537 CME Credits
- Up to 4200 embedded and downloadable references
- 9 Module examinations
- 8 live tutorial events
- A surgical skills assessment
Our course faculty includes 140 of the world’s finest spine surgeons, scientists, radiologists, researchers and educators, from more than 20 countries worldwide. The Diploma is endorsed by the European Spine Journal and all Lectures are accredited by the EACCME.
This Diploma in Spine Surgery was developed by an editorial board of leading spine surgery practitioners and educators. They assembled our expert spine faculty to produce the highest quality online Spine Surgery Diploma available.
Our lecturers have written over 800 book chapters and journal articles on the full range of spine topics. There are founders and editors of spine journals, board members of spine societies, designers of spinal instrumentation used in over 100,000 operations and 33 full Professors.
The eccElearning Diploma in Spine Surgery is the culmination of their 1000 years of spine surgery experience.
Eligibility & who this course is for
There are no strict eligibility criteria for this course. Anyone can take it if they think the educational contents would be interesting or useful to them. However, this Diploma in Spine Surgery is tailored for the needs of Spine Surgeons and Spine Fellows. It can also be taken by late-stage Residents, though the Residents’ Spine Programme is more appropriate for them.
In order to complete the Diploma, you will need to successfully attend the 8 Spine Tutorials and Surgical Skills Assessment. These require you to provide spine case studies for presentation and group discussion – preferably these will be case studies that you have participated in.
Duration of the course
- Typical duration: 12-18 months at 7-9 hours of study per week
- Maximum duration: 24 months
The course is online so you can start at anytime, and study to suit your schedule.
Diploma Student Testimonials
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“Very good and interesting!”
This Spine Surgery Diploma contains 179 online spine surgery Lectures in 9 Modules, covering the full range of spine surgery knowledge. You can download a list of all Lectures in the Spine Diploma (PDF). Each Lecture has an Assessment that must be successfully passed to be awarded CME credits.
Each Module has a one-hour invigilated Examination and Modules 2-9 each have a live Tutorial event. These are case-based Tutorials that enable you to apply the theoretical knowledge gained to real-life cases under the guidance of an experienced spine surgeon.
Additionally, 16 Anatomy and Surgical Access Films allow you to view surgical procedures from the surgeon’s perspective with a full expert narration.
The final component of the Spine Surgery Diploma is the Surgical Skills Assessment. Here you perform a surgical procedure under the observation of an experienced spine surgeon and receive their personal evaluation of your performance.
In order to be awarded the Diploma, you must:
- Successfully pass all 179 Lecture Assessments
- Successfully pass all 9 invigilated Module Examinations
- Attend and participate in all 8 Module Tutorials
- Successfully pass the Surgical Skills Assessment
Modules of the Spine Surgery Diploma
The Spine Diploma contains 9 Modules and the Surgical Skills Assessment. Each Module has online Lectures, an invigilated Module Examination and Modules 2-9 each have their own Module Tutorial. You can enrol on each Module individually to spread out the cost of the Diploma. You can download a PDF list of Lectures by Module, or find out more information on each Module by the links below:
The Tutorials are case-based discussions between you, up to five other students and an experienced spine surgeon – usually one of our Module Editors.
It’s a great opportunity to see cases that you wouldn’t otherwise get exposed to and a unique educational experience where everyone comes away learning something.
Tutorials are run either completely online via video conferencing or in person, depending on tutor and student availability. They also enable you to forge new connections and relationships with other spine surgeons from around the world.
- Professor Emeritus Orthopaedic Surgery, McGill University, Montreal (CND) and University of Bern (CH)
- Member of the European Academy of Science
- Deputy Editor Web-based Education, European Spine Journal
- "Das Rückenzentrum" at Salem-Spital Hirslanden, Bern (CH)
- The History of Spine in Medicine – and beyond
- Adult Scoliosis - Epidemiology, Natural history, Classification, Clinical Assessment, HRQOL
- Classification of Sub-Axial Cervical Spine Injuries
- Upper Cervical Spine: Instability and specific anatomical structures
- The Treatment of Upper Cervical Spine Injuries
- Classification of Thoracolumbar Fractures
Postgraduate Diploma in Spine Surgery
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the eccElearning Spine Surgery Diploma like?
A: Our Postgraduate Diploma in Spine Surgery is a comprehensive programme of 179 online spine surgery Lectures in 9 Modules, with 4200 downloadable references, 16 Anatomy and Surgical Access Films, 9 Module Examinations, 8 Live Event Tutorials and a Surgical Skills Assessment. It gives you the complete range of spine surgery topics that you will encounter as a practising spine surgeon.
Q: What is an eccElearning Programme Module like?
A: A typical Module consists of 10-25 online spine surgery Lectures. Together they form a structured comprehensive coverage of the knowledge required for the Module topic. There are 9 Modules in total for the course.
Each Module has a Tutorial involving case studies and an examination, which must be passed to gain accreditation.
Q: Can I try before I buy?
A: Yes, once registration is completed, you can activate our Trial Demo Lecture. This trial contains one complete Lecture, including Lecture Presentation and access to all Learning Materials for that Lecture. Access to further Lectures requires enrolment on either the Programme or a Module.
Q: How long does it take to attain the eccElearning Diploma?
A: The Postgraduate Diploma in Spine Surgery available for 24 months after their initial enrolment on the Diploma. Expected completion time for most Students is 12-18 Months. The candidate needs to pass all Lecture Assessments and Module Examinations, pass all Module Tutorial Events, view all Anatomy and Surgical Access Films, and Pass the Surgical Skills Assessment in order to be awarded the Diploma.
Q: What is an eccElearning Tutorial like?
A: In a Module Tutorial, a group of up to 30 candidates who have progressed through a Module meet in a suitable location and work together under the guidance of an expert spine surgeon. The expert introduces a case complete with usual history and relevant imaging data.
The candidates work in groups to analyse the case using knowledge acquired during the online Module Lectures, and recommend a course of treatment. The group spokesperson will present their recommendations to the whole assembly and a discussion then follows under the moderation of the expert surgeon. Normally 8 cases are analysed, presented and discussed in a single Tutorial. The purpose of the Tutorial is to apply knowledge gained in the online course to real cases in a supportive and scientifically rigorous environment.
Candidates are invited to prepare a case of their own choosing for analysis and discussion at a Tutorial. Such cases must be prepared to a standard case template and submitted for consideration for inclusion in advance of the Tutorial. Inclusion of cases will be competitive and limited to a maximum of 2 cases per Tutorial.
Q: Do I have to attend the Tutorial in person?
A: No. Although Tutorials are usually arranged as an attended group Tutorial, it is possible to arrange for online Tutorials on a one-to-one basis. For more information on this option, contact us.
Q: Can I enrol in any Tutorial at any time?
A: No. Attendance at a Module Tutorial is restricted to those candidates who have enrolled on and completed the relevant Module. This is to ensure that the analysis, presentation and discussion of the Tutorial cases are conducted by candidates who have attained the same minimum standard.
Q: When and where are Tutorials held?
A: A Module Tutorial is a single day event located in a suitable meeting place designed for easy access, like an airport or city centre hotel. The Tutorials are scheduled in locations in response to demand.
Q: What is an eccElearning Lecture like?
A: Each spine surgery Lecture is viewed online in video format and lasts 20-45 minutes. The Lecture is created and narrated by one of our 140 world-class faculty, and is accompanied by a dynamic transcript.
The Lectures also contain a rich complement of relevant additional learning resources, book chapters, research papers, surgical videos, master lecture videos, case reports, review articles, etc.
They also have pre- and post- learning assessments that must be completed for CME Credits to be awarded.
Q: What kind of credits do I get from eccElearning Modules and Lectures?
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). They are awarded on successful completion of each Lecture Assessment. 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: How much time will a Lecture take?
A: Lecture presentations typically take 20-45 minutes to run. However, candidates are required to review the compulsory and recommended additional learning resources contained within the Lecture. The time taken to view the Lecture and review the additional resources is in the range 3-8 hours per Lecture. The recommended time to complete each Lecture is given in the Lecture description section.
Q: Are there deadlines?
A: All content in the Diploma is available for 24 months from the moment of first accessing and viewing a lecture. In order to be awarded the diploma, the candidate needs to complete all Module Examinations and pass the Surgical Skills Assessment within this time.
If a candidate is purchasing the course module-by-module, via the flexible payment option, then each Module is available for 4 months, which extends to each subsequent Module purchase. In order to pass a Module, all Lecture Assessments must be passed, the Module Tutorial attended and the Module Examination passed.
Each Module Tutorial is usually scheduled 4 times a year, and candidates must ensure they have completed all of the Module Lecture exams in advance of attending the associated Module Tutorial.
Q: How can I get the most out of the eccElearning platform?
A: The ecceLearning platform, comprising the 9 Modules, 8 Module Tutorials, 16 Anatomy and Surgical Access Films and Surgical Skills Assessment, constitutes a comprehensive spine surgery education course. It is designed to be completed, two Modules at a time, over a period of 12-18 months in conjunction with the candidate’s clinical training.
Candidates will gain the most benefit from the programme by regular review of previous lectures and modules, reading all the downloadable reference materials, contacting eccElearning for clarifications when required and active participation in the Tutorials.
Q: Is there a final exam?
A: Each Module has a multiple-choice Examination which candidates must take on a Module Tutorial day. They must pass the Examination to finish the Module and gain accreditation. Once all the Module Examinations have been passed, there is a Surgical Skills Assessment that must be completed in order to be awarded the Diploma.