Rush International Spine Education

The first bold collaboration between Rush University Medical Center and eccElearning covers Cervical Radiculopathy and Myelopathy.

Rush is one of the most prestigious and highest-ranked universities and medical centres in the USA.

Rush International Spine Education

RISE (Rush International Spine Education) is a new collaboration between Rush University Medical Centre and eccElearning. It provides novel education via blended learning to address the diagnosis, treatment, outcomes and preventive measure of various spinal disorders.

RISE: Cervical Radiculopathy and Myelopathy

RISE is a comprehensive, interactive series on spinal disorders and the first RISE course available covers Cervical Radiculopathy and Myelopathy.

The series of 13 online lectures is accompagnied by 8 interactive case-based discussion webinars. The program is led by senior, experienced faculty who serve as mentors to each registered participant for the year.

It is a Rush University accredited course, so you  gain AMA PRA Cat 1 CME Credits for completing it, along with a Rush University Certificate of Completion.

Who is it for?

RISE is ideally suited to Senior Clinicans, Junior Clinicians, Fellows and Residents. Because the course is online, you can enrol and learn from anywhere in the world.

Course Overview

Watch this video with Program Director Dino Samartzis DSc to find out more about what RISE is all about:

Program Benefits

13 Online lectures with dynamic transcript


Regular case-based interactive webinars

12 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits

Mentorship with Leaders in the field


Adjunct reading material and self-assessment

Study online, at your pace, anywhere in the world

An international network

Rush University Certificate of Completion

Webinar Schedule

  • 16 March 2021
    • Foraminotomies / Microdisectomies
    • Dr Richard G Fessler
  • 18 May 2021
    • Laminectomy, Laminolpasty and Combined Approaches
    • Dr Howard S An
  • 15 June 2021
    • Prosthetic Disc Arthroplasty
    • Dr Frank M Phillips
  • 20 July 2021
    • Cervical Spine Deformity / Kyphosis
    • Dr Ricardo B V Fontes and Dr Christopher J DeWald
  • 17 August 2021
    • Adjacent Segment Degeneration / Disease
    • Dr Sravisht Iyer and Dr Philip K Louie
  • 31 August 2021
    • Surgical Outcomes: Cervical Radiculopathy / Myelopathy
    • Dr Harel Deutsch and Dr Sapan Gandhi

Gain AMA CME Credits

The course is accredited by Rush University for Continuing Medical Education / Continuous Professional Development.

You will gain 12 American Medical Association PRA Category 1 CME Credits for completing the course.

Enrol and Study Worldwide

You can enrol online, and study from anywhere in the world. No travel required.

RISE Faculty & Mentors

This is the world-class faculty of the RISE Program, who also act as mentors to each registered participant during the course:

  • Howard S. An, MD, Program Director, Rush
  • Dino Samartzis, DSc Program Director, Rush
  • Richard Assaker, MD, CHRU Lille, France
  • Matthew W. Colman, MD, Rush
  • Harel Deutsch, MD, Rush
  • Christopher J. DeWald, MD, Rush
  • Richard G. Fessler, MD, Rush
  • Ricardo B. V. Fontes, MD, PhD, Rush
  • Sapan Gandhi, MD, Harvard
  • Sravisht Iyer, MD, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Krishn Khanna, MD, Orthopaedics Northeast
  • Ralph Kothe, MD, Schoen Clinic Hamburg, Germany
  • Stephane Litrico, MD, University of Nice, France
  • Philip Louie, MD, Virginia Mason
  • Michael T. Nolte, MD, Rush
  • Frank M. Phillips, MD, Rush
  • Vincent Traynelis, MD, Rush

Enrol on to RISE

Enrol on to the RISE program by clicking the button below and paying the enrolment fee, or click ‘Talk to us’ if you have questions and want to arrange a phone call to talk more about this course.

RISE Grant Available – until 8 March 2021

If finances are a concern, you can apply for a Grant to fund up to $500 towards this course. There are just 10 Grants available, and the Grant period ends 8 March 2021 – so you must apply now:

Apply for Grant