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Diploma in Spine Surgery

The eccElearning Diploma in Spine Surgery is an online Masters-level education programme. It enables surgeons and fellows to learn the gold standard of spine surgery wherever they are in the world.
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500hrs+ of Lectures, Tutorials & Assessments

133 World-class spine faculty

542 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits

Over 3000 journal articles included

Ideal for Spine Surgeons & Fellows

About the Diploma in Spine Surgery

The eccElearning Diploma in Spine Surgery is an online Masters-level education programme.

You will learn the gold standard of spine surgery techniques from the best spine surgeons in the world.

Benefit from 180 online spine lectures, up to 4200 downloadable references, 358 quizzes and assessments, and live tutorials with the spine experts themselves.

The Lectures are CME accredited by the EACCME. The Diploma is endorsed by the European Spine Journal.

Please note: This Diploma does not teach practical surgery skills – you will gain these from your clinical time or spine fellowship. The course is available in English only.

Objectives

  • Radically improve your understanding of spine surgery across all spine conditions
  • Apply the experience of the world’s best spine surgeons to your spine cases in the Tutorials

Who the course is for

  • Neurosurgeons
  • Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Spine Fellows

If you’re a Resident Doctor, please complete our Residents’ Spine Programme first.

Study Effort

You should budget for 9 hours of study effort per week to complete the Diploma in 12 months.

Please note: This Diploma does not teach practical surgery skills – you will gain these from your clinical time or spine fellowship. The course is available in English only.

How is the Diploma in Spine Surgery structured?

Doctors discussing Spine Surgery Modules using their iPads

Modules

Each of the 9 Modules is focused on a specific area of spine surgery and will typically take 4-6 weeks to complete.

View spine surgery Lectures by world-class spine experts

  • Every Lecture is created and narrated by our world-class spine faculty
  • Transcript dynamically highlights what is being said by the lecturer
  • Up to 25 Lectures per Module (Download Lecture List PDF)
  • 9 Modules and 180 Lectures across the whole Diploma

View and read the references

  • Standard Package: 3000 references are included
  • Basic Package: Reference list and abstracts only
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Gain 3 CME Credits per Lecture

  • Credits awarded with each Lecture Assessment passed
  • 540 CME credits available across the whole diploma

Pass the Module Examination

  • Complete and pass all Lecture assessments to take the Module Examination
  • Pass the Examination to unlock the Module Tutorial (Modules 2-9 only)

Tutorials

Present and discuss your own spine surgery cases with an experienced member of our spine faculty and fellow students, and get individual feedback.

Case-based group discussions

  • Led by a highly experienced member of our world-class spine faculty, usually one of our Module Editors.

Your cases reviewed by master surgeons

  • Vital and constructive feedback given by our master spine faculty from their decades of experience

No travel required

  • Tutorials are usually conducted via video conferencing, but can also be done in person, depending on tutor and student availability

Attend all 8 Tutorials

  • Each Tutorial is focused on a Module subject area
  • Attend all the Tutorials to unlock the Surgical Skills Assessment
Online spine surgery tutorial conducted via video conferencing
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Surgical Access Films

16 structured anatomy and surgical access films from the perspective of the surgeon, and narrated by them as they’re performing the operation.

16 Structured Anatomy and Surgical Access Films

  • View operations from the Surgeon’s perspective

Narrated by the Surgeon themselves

  • Key information is given by the surgeon as they’re performing the operation – get a better view than you ever would during cadaver workshops.

View all 16 Films

  • Each Film is focused on a particular surgical approach
  • View each Film whenever you like

Surgical Skills Assessment

Experienced spine surgeons will observe you performing an operation, and ask you questions later about your decisions, knowledge and skills.

Perform and film a spine surgery

  • If filming is not possible at your institution, contact us.
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Have your film and skills assessed by our experienced faculty

  • Answer their questions to prove your knowledge and skill

Pass all Module Examinations, attend all Tutorials, view all Films and successfully complete the Surgical Skills Assessment.

Awarded the Diploma in Spine Surgery

How is the Diploma structured?

There are four elements to the Diploma – Modules, Tutorials, Surgical Access Films and the Surgical Skills Assessment.

Modules

Each of the 9 Modules is focused on a specific area of spine surgery. Each Module will take 4-6 weeks to complete.

Image of doctors with iPads discussing spine surgery.
View spine surgery Lectures by world-class spine experts
View and read the references
  • Premium Package: 4200 references are included
  • Standard Package: 3000 references are included
  • Basic Package: Reference list and abstracts only
Gain 3 CME Credits per Lecture
  • Credits awarded with each Lecture Assessment passed
  • 540 CME credits available across the whole diploma
Pass the Module Examination
  • Complete and pass all Lecture assessments to take the Module Examination
  • Pass the Examination to unlock the Module Tutorial (Modules 2-9 only)

Tutorials

Present and discuss your own spine surgery cases with an experienced member of our spine faculty and fellow students, and get individual feedback.

Online Spine Surgery Tutorial video conference
Case-based group discussions
  • Led by a highly experienced member of our world-class spine faculty, usually one of our Module Editors.
Your cases reviewed by Master spine surgeons
  • Vital and constructive feedback given by our master spine faculty from their decades of experience
No travel required
  • Tutorials are usually conducted via video conferencing, but can also be done in person, depending on tutor and student availability
Attend all 8 Tutorials
  • Each Tutorial is focused on a Module subject area
  • Attend all the Tutorials to unlock the Surgical Skills Assessment

Surgical Access Films

16 structured anatomy and surgical access films from the perspective of the surgeon, and narrated by them as they’re performing the operation.

Spine Surgery Film
16 Structured Anatomy and Surgical Access Films
  • View operations from the Surgeon’s perspective
Narrated by the Surgeon themselves
  • Key information is given by the surgeon as they’re performing the operation – get a better view than you ever would during cadaver workshops.
View all 16 Films
  • Each Film is focused on a particular surgical approach
  • View each Film whenever you like

Surgical Skills Assessment

Experienced spine surgeons will observe you performing an operation, and ask you questions later about your decisions, knowledge and skills.

Image of a doctor filming a surgery
Perform and film a spine surgery
  • If filming is not possible at your institution, contact us.
Have your film and skills assessed by our experienced faculty
  • Answer their questions to prove your knowledge and skill

Awarded the Diploma in Spine Surgery

Pass all Module Examinations, attend all Tutorials, view all Films and successfully complete the Surgical Skills Assessment.

Why study with eccElearning?

Learn from over 2000 years of spine surgery experience

Our 130 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 2000 years of spine surgery experience.

Learn from over 2000 years of spine surgery experience

Our 130 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 2000 years of spine surgery experience.

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Join the greatest generation of spine surgeons

Our Spine Diploma students are becoming the most knowledgeable generation of spine surgeons there has ever been.

You can join them, boost your spine knowledge, stand out from your peers and improve patient outcomes.

Join the greatest generation of spine surgeons

Image of Spine Surgeons performing an operation
Our Spine Diploma students are becoming the most knowledgeable generation of spine surgeons there has ever been.

You can join them, boost your spine knowledge, stand out from your peers and improve patient outcomes.

Our online Spine Diploma is 5x the value of residential courses

With over 500hrs of in-depth spine surgery education, compared to less than 100 hours available from residential courses, our course allows you to be the best spine surgeon you can be.

Our online Spine Diploma is 5x the value of residential courses

With over 500hrs of in-depth spine surgery education, compared to less than 100 hours available from residential courses, our course allows you to be the best spine surgeon you can be.

We listen to your feedback

We continually review and update the Lectures, Transcripts and Assessment Questions based on student feedback and content reviews.

We listen to your feedback

We continually review and update the Lectures, Transcripts and Assessment Questions based on student feedback and content reviews.

Improve patient outcomes

This Diploma is designed to boost your theoretical understanding of spine surgery. Your practical skills should be honed while you work in your practice or fellowship.

Improve patient outcomes

This Diploma is designed to boost your theoretical understanding of spine surgery. Your practical skills should be honed while you work in your practice or fellowship.

Learn from anywhere in the world

The Diploma can be taken entirely online, so you can study on your schedule, and not pay for travel or accommodation. Learn more spine online.

Learn from anywhere in the world

The Diploma can be taken entirely online, so you can study on your schedule, and not pay for travel or accommodation. Learn more spine online.

Accredited & Endorsed

Fulfil your professional requirements and gain 3 CME Credits for each Lecture Assessment passed – all Lectures are accredited by the EACCME. Credits can be converted to American Medical Assocation PRA Category 1 Credits. The Diploma is endorsed by the European Spine Journal.

Accredited & Endorsed

Fulfil your professional requirements and gain 3 CME Credits for each Lecture Assessment passed – all Lectures are accredited by the EACCME. Credits can be converted to American Medical Assocation PRA Category 1 Credits. The Diploma is endorsed by the European Spine Journal.

What our students say

It was absolutely fantastic to have a peer to peer discussion with the professor and other colleagues and have access to invaluable knowledge and in depth feed back from one of the Grand Masters. I would recommend this program to all surgeons seeking to have an in depth discussion with the Master while having the chance to pick his brains when it comes to presenting one’s own cases.
Mr Thomas A. Pagonis MD, FRCS, PhD

Consultant Spine Surgeon, Greece

I have gained more important knowledge – comprehensive and to the point. It helped me a lot in my spine practice as well as teaching to my juniors. Every topic is important and covered in detail. Honestly I got these learning materials not for getting a piece of paper but to be safe surgeon in my region. This background knowledge is most important in development of skills and safe practice.
Waqar Hassan

Assistant Professor, Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar, Pakistan

I am so lucky to have met such a program. It has excellent content, given by excellent instructors and teaches everything about spine for all spine surgeons. This program is a big opportunity to upgrade knowledge for experienced surgeons and also offers excellent training for beginners. Thank you eccElearning.
Hayati Aygun

Assistant Professor, Medicabil Spine Centre, Bursa, Turkey

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Good or Very Good rating for Lectures

I have never done this sort of thing online before and I find it very good, very useful, and very enjoyable.
Jark Bosma

Consultant Spine Surgeon, UK

Testimonials of our Lectures

"Excellent Lecture. Has summarized this comprehensive topic very well and in a very systematic manner."

Lecture 3.9 – Surgical treatment of lumbar stenosis

"A very comprehensive lecture presentation of an extremely difficult subject in spinal practice and surgery"

Lecture 1.15 – Neurological assessment

"Wow… this is one of the best lectures I have heard on this topic"

Lecture 1.22 – The Role of Muscles in Adult Spinal Deformity

"A perfect lecture, easily understood and with a perfect flow of information, very user friendly."

Lecture 2.1 – Applied surgical anatomy of the spinal column, spinal cord, nerve roots and vertebral arteries

"Very well structured presentation on a difficult and controversial topic"

Lecture 3.4 – Surgical treatment of lumbar disc herniation

"Awesome lesson"

Lecture 8.7 – Antibiotic treatment of vertebral osteomyelitis, discitis and epidural abscess of the spine

"A very disparate and controversial matter made easy and well understood through this lecture."

Lecture 2.8 – Axial neck pain – non-operative management

"Excellent coverage of the important topics. Good speaker. Very valuable points."

Lecture 9.2 – Complications & revision surgery in sub-axial cervical procedure

"Excellent lecture, thoroughly enjoyed and it is likely to change my practice"

Lecture 4.18 – Sagittal balance in L5-S1 spondylolisthesis

"Very interesting and useful lecture for the clinical practice"

Lecture 7.16 – Spinal metastasis: diagnosis and staging

"Tough topic but expertly dealt with"

Lecture 5.7 – Congenital deformities

Included in the Diploma in Spine Surgery

180 online spine lectures in 9 Modules

Each lecture is created and narrated by one of our world class faculty, and comes with a dynamic transcript (Lecture List PDF)
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356 quizzes and assessments

Check your level of understanding of each lecture before and after the Lectures with our online multiple-choice quizzes and assessments.

16 surgical access films

Get the surgeon’s eye view on spine operations, with the surgeon themselves narrating points of interest

Over 3000 downloadable articles

With our Standard Packages, you get instant access to references, including journal articles, book chapters and extra video lectures.

8 live tutorial events

Learn from the masters in these live and in-depth case-based discussion groups.

9 Module examinations

Each Module has a one-hour online invigilated examination with a pass rate of 60%

542 CME Credits

Fulfil your professional development requirements with over 3 CME Credits available for each lecture successfully passed.

A surgical skills assessment

In-depth review of your surgical skills with constructive feedback given.

Enrolment Options

The Diploma in Spine Surgery is available with different levels of included content, but all result in the same level of qualification. The Diploma can be finished in 12-18 months – the more intensely you study, the less you will pay. Content is progressively released to you based on time studied and progress made.

Full Diploma: Basic Package

€6499 One-off Enrolment Fee

New Pricing: €229 per month

The full Diploma of 180 Lectures, 9 Module Exams, 8 Module Tutorials, 542 CME Credits and the Surgical Skills Assessment, just without downloadable references. Content is progressively released to you based on time studied and progress made.

Enrol

What's included

Basic Diploma Package Includes:

  • 180 Online Spine Surgery Lectures in 9 Modules, progressively released to you over time
  • Reference abstracts
  • 356 Quizzes and Assessments
  • 16 Surgical Access Films
  • 8 Live Tutorial events
  • 540 CME Credits
  • 9 Module Examinations
  • Surgical Skills Assessment
  • Digital Certificate
  • 4200 Downloadable references (Standard Only)
  • Printed Certificate (Standard Only)

Ideal if: you have access to article libraries from all major publishers, or if you just need a refresher course.

References: You will be able to see reference information (title, authors, journal etc) and the abstract, but not be able to download the full reference.

Enrolment: When you first pay and enrol, you will be issued with an Activation Key for your Diploma to use on www.eccelearning.com – with each subsequent payment your access to the Diploma will be extended by 1 month.

Full Diploma: Standard Package

€8289 One-off Enrolment Fee

New Pricing: €299 per month

The full Diploma of 180 Lectures, 9 Module Exams, 8 Module Tutorials, 542 CME Credits and the Surgical Skills Assessment, and also includes 3000 downloadable references including book chapters and journal articles. Content is progressively released to you based on time studied and progress made.

Enrol

What's included

Standard Diploma Package includes:

  • 180 Online Spine Surgery Lectures in 9 Modules, progressively released to you over time
  • 4200 Reference Abstracts
  • 3000 Standard Downloadable References
  • 356 Quizzes and Assessments
  • 16 Surgical Access Films
  • 8 Live Tutorial events
  • 540 CME Credits
  • 9 Module Examinations
  • Surgical Skills Assessment
  • Printed & Digital Certificate
  • 1200 Premium Downloadable references (Premium Only)

Ideal if: you are early in your spine career, or you want to save time in looking for references and don’t have access to reference libraries.

References: You will be able to see reference information (title, authors, journal etc) and the abstract of all references, and be able to download references (of which there are over 3000 available) directly from the relevant lecture.

Enrolment: When you first pay and enrol, you will be issued with an Activation Key for your Diploma to use on www.eccelearning.com – with each subsequent payment your access to the Diploma will be extended by 1 month.

Please Note: Packages differ only in included content. They all result in the same level of qualification

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I do this course?
There are no strict eligibility requirements. However, it is aimed at Surgeons and Fellows who are presented with spine cases and want to improve their knowledge. In order to complete the Diploma, you need to be able to provide spine case studies for the Tutorials and final Surgical Skills Assessment.

Residents can also benefit from the Diploma, particularly if they wish to boost their chances of a Spine Fellowship. However, they should start with the Residents’ Spine Programme first.

How do I get awarded the Diploma?
To be awarded the Diploma, you must:

  • Successfully pass all online Lecture Assessments
  • Successfully pass all 9 Module Examinations
  • View all 16 Surgical Access Films
  • Attend all 8 Live Spine Tutorials
  • Successfully pass the Surgical Skills Assessment
How long will the Diploma take to complete?

The average completion time for most Students is 12 Months, based on 9 hours of study per week.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Spine Surgery is available for 12 months after your initial enrolment, but can be extended in special circumstances.

Does it teach any hands-on skills?
This is an education-only course – there’s no practical component to this Diploma. Your practical hands-on skills will be honed via your clinical work in your institution or spine fellowship.
When and where are Tutorials held?
Module Tutorials can take place in two ways. The first way is online via video conferencing. The second is as a 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 according to student and tutor circumstances and availability.

Free Spine Lecture

Try a full Lecture from our Spine Surgery Education Programme for free.