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How to become an AO Spine Fellow

Our fellowship programs provide additional experience in surgical techniques for fully trained orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons interested in spine surgery.

We provide a wide variety of training opportunities for all spine pathologies. Participants can benefit from the AO Spine community network, which includes an extensive list of experts and spine centers.

You can take advantage of three available programs developed to offer the opportunity to improve your skills at different points in your career:

Associate Fellowship

Long term fellows at an AO Spine Center are entitled to join the program as Associate Fellows. Participants can benefit from the AO Spine community network and have full access to the AO Spine educational platform.


Benefits:

• Joining the Continuing Education Program: lato sensu postgraduate certified by the University of Caxias do Sul (BR).

• AO Spine fellowship certificate upon completion.

• Access to AO Spine courses and seminars (subject to vacancy availability).

• Access to the AO Spine educational platform.

• Opportunity to network with the fellow community.

• One-year membership at the beginning of the Associate Fellowship Program.

• Fellow toolkit.


Requirements:

• Registering directly through the reference center following each institution’s individual process. Once approved, the candidate is invited to join the program as an associate fellow.

• Submitting the required documents in due time.


Length:

From 12 to 24 months (according to each individual AO Spine Center’s rules).


Stipend:

No financial support is provided.


Enrollment:

According to each individual AO Spine center’s guidelines.


Application:

Once the desired program starts, and after being admitted to a fellow program, candidates must submit the application form available on our website.  The following documents must be attached:

• Résumé (listing papers published).

• Certificate of Neurosurgery and/or Orthopedics Specialist (copy/copies).

• Letter of acceptance from the selected AO Spine Center.

Visit aospine.org > login > create account to set up a free account and submit your application form.


Certification Requirements:

To receive the certification, fellows must:


·  Submit the required documents for the Associate Fellow Program application up to 3 months after the training starts.

• Answer the Continuing Education Program (CEP) quizzes during their fellowship (every fellow is automatically signed up onto the CEP virtual environment when approved).

• Keep their Logbooks (monthly reports regarding fellows’ activities in the Spine Centers) and upload them to the virtual environment in a timely manner.

• Participate in at least one clinical research project carried out by the Spine Center under the guidance of the center's director.

• Submit the fellow feedback report –a confidential assessment of the Spine Center and the training provided– at the end of the program. The spine center will also evaluate the fellows regarding their commitment, technical and interpersonal skills, and their performance in all the mandatory activities mentioned above. A score of 70% or higher  is required for the fellow to obtain a fellowship attendance certificate.


General information:

• Fellows must provide their own health and travel insurance, which must valid in the country of destination for the entire duration of the program, with full medical coverage, following the requirements of the chosen institution.

• Visas and licenses: while attending programs outside their home countries, fellows will be subject to the local laws and the restrictions applicable to medical practice by foreigners. Fellows must be aware that, without a specific medical license, there is no guarantee that they will be allowed to take part in surgical procedures during their training, and may be restricted to observing and taking notes.

• Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the participants.

• To receive a fellowship attendance certificate, fellows must attend and answer the quizzes* on the Continuing Education Program (CEP) virtual environment. They must also submit monthly reports via Logbooks. In the unlikely event of non-compliance with the fellowship duties and/or fellowship cancelation, the fellow in question will be automatically excluded from the virtual learning environment and will lose all program benefits.

*Answering the quizzes is a mandatory activity of the CEP, and is required in order to receive a fellowship certificate. However, associate fellows may join the full 18-month post-graduation course to obtain an academic certification by the University of Caxias do Sul (BR) without having to pay the course fee (USD 1,200). In that case, fellows must:

- Complete all online modules and activities and pass the final exam.

- Pay the final exam fee (USD 100) at the end of the program.

If approved, they will receive both the fellowship attendance certificate and the post-graduation certificate.


I want to be an Associate Fellow

Short-Term Fellowship

Training aimed at surgeons with more than one year of experience in spine surgery who wish to improve specific techniques or further their knowledge of spine pathologies.


Benefits:

• AO Spine fellowship certificate upon completion of the program.

• Access to AO Spine courses and seminars (subject to vacancy availability).

• Access to the AO Spine educational platform.

• Opportunity to network with the fellow community

• Fellow toolkit.


Requirements:

• Being an AO Spine member for at least three years prior to the application deadline.

• Specialization in orthopedic surgery or neurosurgery.

• One-year experience in spine surgery.

• Proof of language proficiency, to be determined by the chosen center.

• Submitting the required documents in due time.


Length:

From 1 to 6 months.


Stipend:

CHF 1,000 for 1-month programs / CHF 2,000 for 2-month programs / CHF 3,000 for 3- to 6-month programs.


Enrollment:

Online application, open from May to August.


Application:

You must attach to the form the following documents:

• Resumé (listing papers published).

• Diploma or Certificate of Neurosurgery and/or Orthopedics Specialist (copy).

• Recommendation letter from a senior surgeon stating that the participant has more than one year of experience in spine surgery.

• Certificates of the most recent AO event taken (copy).

• Proof of language proficiency* (if applicable).

• Health Certificate.

*Applicants to centers in countries with language other than their own must formally attest advanced knowledge of English or the local language (as required by the center). Proficiency in English shall be attested by an internationally recognized certificate such as IELTS, TOEFL, or equivalent.


Certification Requirements:

• Answer the Continuing Education Program (CEP) quizzes during their fellowship (every fellow is automatically signed up onto the CEP virtual environment when approved).

• Keep their Logbooks (monthly reports regarding fellows’ activities in the Spine Centers) and upload them to the virtual environment in a timely manner.

• Participate in at least one clinical research project carried out by the Spine Center under the guidance of the center's director.

• Submit the fellow feedback report – a confidential assessment of the Spine Center and the training provided– at the end of the program. The spine center will also evaluate the fellows regarding their commitment, technical and interpersonal skills, and their performance in all the mandatory activities mentioned above. A score of 70% or higher  is required for the fellow to obtain a fellowship attendance certificate.


General information:

• Participants must provide their own health and travel insurance, which must valid in the country of destination for the entire duration of the program, with full medical coverage, following the requirements of the chosen institution .

• No financial support will be provided to ex-fellows for at least two years after their last AO Spine Fellowship program with a stipend. This aims to encourage new applications while supporting new members in the program. Moreover, no financial support will be granted to fellows that choose the same institution where they did their medical residence.

• Visas and licenses: while attending programs outside their home countries, fellows will be subject to the local laws and the restrictions applicable to medical practice by foreigners. Fellows must be aware that, without a specific medical license,

there is no guarantee that they will be allowed to take part in surgical procedures during their training, and may be restricted to observing and taking notes.

• To receive a fellowship attendance certificate, fellows must attend and answer the quizzes on the Continuing Education Program (CEP) virtual environment. They must also submit monthly reports via Logbooks. In the unlikely event of non-compliance with the fellowship duties and/or fellowship cancelation, the fellow in question will be automatically excluded from the virtual learning environment and will lose all program benefits.

• Stipends are paid within four weeks of the fellowship’s starting date.

• The first payment will be made upon official confirmation of the fellow’s arrival at the AO Spine Center and analysis of his or her health insurance documentation.

• Bank transfers will only be made to a bank account in the fellow’s name. AO Spine will not transfer money to a third-party bank account.

AO Spine will decide on the number of installments in which each fellow’s stipend will be paid during the program, in accordance with the AO’s cash flow policy.

• Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the participants.

• Applicants for English-speaking centers may be referred to a language proficiency assessment interview.


I want to be a Short-Term Fellow

International Exchange

The International Exchange Program is a unique opportunity for surgeons to experience the complexity of certain pathologies and issues. This program now reaches a wider range of centers around the world, including non-AO Spine centers. It was developed to ensure that the knowledge and skills acquired in AO Educational Events are applied in the daily work of spine surgeons of the region. It is an excellent way for Latin American members to further their careers, bringing benefits to the lives of their patients. For a period of time, participants will observe highly skilled spine surgeons work on specific issues or pathologies, such as MISS, trauma, adult and pediatric deformity, tumor, cervical, infection, degenerative and research. The goal is to acquire knowledge from some of the world’s leading experts in the fields of these disorders, who are willing to share their expertise with colleagues who wish to learn and apply these specific skills in their practices.


Benefits:

• Being an AO Spine member for at least three years prior to the application deadline.

• Having attended at least one AO Spine advanced course related to the particular topic.

• Specialization in orthopedic or neurosurgery.

• Over three years of proven experience in spine surgery of the corresponding topic.

• Proof of language proficiency, to be determined by the chosen center.


Length:

From one (1) to four (4) weeks (according to each center’s availability).


Stipend:

Depending on the duration of the program, applicants may be eligible for a CHF 1,000 stipend.


Enrollment:

Online application according to specific calls.


Application:

You must attach to the form the following documents:

• Resumé (listing papers published).

• Diploma or Certificate of Neurosurgery and/or Orthopedics Specialist (copy).

• Recommendation letter from a senior surgeon stating that the participant has more than three years of experience in spine surgery.

• Certificates of the most recent AO event taken (copy/copies).

• Proof of language proficiency* (if applicable).

*Applicants to centers in countries with language other than their own must formally attest advanced knowledge of English or the local language (as required by the center). Proficiency in English shall be attested by an internationally recognized certificate such as IELTS, TOEFL, or equivalent.


Pathologies/topics available:

MISS

Trauma

Adult Deformity

Pediatric Deformity

Tumor

Cervical

Infection

Degenerative

Research


Terms and conditions:

• Travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the participants.

• Participants must provide their own health and travel insurance, which must valid in the country of destination for the entire duration of the program, with full medical coverage, following the requirements of the chosen institution.

• Visas and licenses: while attending programs outside their home countries, observers will be subject to the local laws and the restrictions applicable to medical practice by foreigners. Observers must be aware that, without a specific medical license, there is no guarantee that they will be allowed to take part in surgical procedures during their training, and may be restricted to observing and taking notes.

• To receive the attendance certificate, participants must fill out the feedback form.

• Upon admission, the observers and the host surgeon will set the dates and the visits schedule.

• Bank transfers will only be made to a bank account in the observer’s name. AO Spine will not transfer money to a third-party bank account.

• Applicants for English-speaking centers may be referred to a language proficiency assessment interview.


I want to do an International Exchange

Associate Fellowship
Step two: Select a place to go

To take part in the Associate Fellow program, you must be admitted to one of our 16 spine centers in Latin America. Click on the centers below to find out about their services, team, specific requirements, most frequent pathologies, number of procedures, fellowship program types and length, languages, vacancies per year, special requirements, the characteristics of the program, and more. 


After being approved in the spine center’s specific selection process, you must submit the application form available on our website and upload the required documents along with a letter of acceptance from the AO Spine center director.


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Short-Term Fellowship
Step two: Select a place to go

AO Spine centers are selected in order to offer our fellows a wide range of learning possibilities within the region. We ensure that all of our centers have the necessary conditions and infrastructure to provide both practical and academic training, offering the opportunity for surgeons to train on the principles, indications, planning, techniques, and complications in the various areas of spine surgery.

For the short-term program, AO Spine members may choose from a network of 16 spine centers in Latin America and over 80 more around the world.

Click on the centers below to find out about their services, team, specific requirements, most frequent pathologies, number of procedures, fellowship program types and length, languages, vacancies per year, special requirements, the characteristics of the program, and more.  


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International Exchange
Step two: Select a place to go

You must select one of our 24 experts from all over the world.


Dr. Alejandro Morales

Hospital Espanol de Mendoza

San Martin 965, 5501

Mendoza, Argentina


Phone: +54 261 449 0388

www.hespanol.com.ar


Topics: MISS

Duration: From 1 to 2 weeks

Start dates: Jun-Nov, 2021

Places available: Call will open in Sep 2020

Languages accepted: Spanish, English, Portuguese, Italian

Dr. Alexander Vaccaro

Rothman Orthopaedic Institute

925 Chestnut Street, 5th Floor, PA 19107

Philadelphia, USA


Phone: +1 267-297-2440

rothmanortho.com


Topics: Adult Deformity, Pediatric Deformity,Degenerative

Duration: From 2 to 4 weeks

Start dates: Jun-Nov, 2021

Places available: Up to 2

Languages accepted: English

Dr. Barón Zárate

Instituto Nacional de Rehabilitación

Calz México-Xochimilco 289, Col. Arenal de Guadalupe, 14389

Ciudad de México, Mexico


Phone: +52 55 5999 1000

www.inr.gob.mx


Topics: Adult Deformity, Degenerative

Duration: From 2 to 3 weeks

Start dates: Jun, 2021

Places available: Up to 2

Languages accepted: Spanish, Portuguese

Dr. Carlos Montero

Instituto de Ortopedia Infantil Roosevelt

Carrera 4 Este # 17 - 50

Bogota, Colombia


Phone: +571 353 4000

www.institutoroosevelt.org.co


Topics: Pediatric Deformity

Duration: From 1 to 4 weeks

Start dates: Jun-Nov, 2021

Places available: 1

Languages accepted: Spanish, English

Requirements: Recommendation letter, national identification document, passport, specialization certificate, CV, Foreigner ID, Certificate of affiliation to EPS*, Certificate of anti HBsAg and Varicella, Copy of the current BLS course certificate (2 years), health insurance certificate, Recent Photograph. *For surgical practice

Dr. Cristiano Menezes

Instituto Columna / Hospital Ortopédico – LifeCenter

Rua Conde de Linhares, 278, CEP 30380-030

Belo Horizonte, Brazil


Phone: +55 31 25122526

www.cristianomenezes.com.br


Topics: MISS

Duration: From 2 to 4 weeks

Start dates: Jun-Aug, 2021

Places available: 1

Languages accepted: Portuguese, English, Spanish

Dr. Darrel Brodke

University of Utah, Othopaedic Center

590 Wakara Way, UT 84108

Salt Lake City, USA


Phone: +1 801 587 5451

healthcare.utah.edu


Topics: Trauma, Adult Deformity, Degenerative

Duration: From 2 to 4 weeks

Start dates: Jun-Nov, 2021

Places available: Up to 2

Languages accepted: English

Dr. Jean Ouellet

McGill University Health Centre

1001 Blvd Decarie, QC H4A 3J1

Montreal, Canadá


Phone: +1 514 934 1934

muhc.ca


Topics: Pediatric Deformity

Duration: From 1 to 4 weeks

Start dates: Jun-Nov, 2021

Places available: 1

Languages accepted: English

Dr. Khai Lam

The London Bridge Hospital

27 Tooley Street, SE1 2PR

London, United Kingdom


Phone: +44 (0) 207 188 4448

www.londonbridgehospital.com


Topics: MISS

Duration: From 2 to 4 weeks

Start dates: Jun-Nov, 2021

Places available: 1

Languages accepted: English

Requires immunity documentation: Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV Antibodies, Mumps, Measles, Rubella, BCG scar check.

Dr. Lorin Benneker

Inselspital, Bern University Hospital

Freiburgstrasse 3010

Bern, Switzerland


Phone: +41 31 632 0860

www.orthopaedie.insel.ch


Topics: Trauma, Adult Deformity

Duration: From 2 to 4 weeks

Start dates: Jun-Nov, 2021

Places available: Up to 2

Languages accepted: English

Dr. Munish Gupta

Washington University Orthopedics in St. Louis

4921 Parkview Place, Suite 6B, MO 63110

Saint Louis, USA


Phone: +1 314 362 7140

munishguptaspine.com


Topics: Pediatric Deformity

Duration: From 1 to 4 weeks

Start dates: Jun-Nov, 2021

Places available: Up to 2

Languages accepted: English

Requirements: 1) Fees: 1-90 days no fee (but they have to pay for the drug screen and background check approximately $100) | 91-180 days $600 (+ drug screen and background check approximately $100) | 181-1 year $1,200 (+ drug screen and background check approximately $100 also requires proof of income from the institution/government/society paying). 2) Documents required: (1-7 days): Current CV, Recent Photograph (Headshot; .jpeg preferred), Certificate of Current Liability Insurance in English (must show you are covered at Washington University; minimum of $1 million per occurrence and $3 million in aggregate), Proof of Flu Vaccination (for observations between 10/1-3/31) | (8-90 days): All docs above, Immunization Records, Proof of a Negative TB Test within the past 12 months

Dr. Roger Härtl

Weill Cornell Medicine

525 East 68th Street, NY 10065

New York City, USA


Phone: +1 212 746 2152

weillcornell.org


Topics: MISS

Duration: From 1 to 4 weeks

Start dates: Jun-Nov, 2021

Places available: Call will open in Sep 2020

Languages accepted: English

Dr. Shanmuganathan Rajasekaran

Ganga Hospital

313 Mettupalayam Road, 641043

Coimbatore, India


Phone: +91 422 248 5000

www.gangahospital.com


Topics: Trauma, Adult Deformity, Pediatric Deformity, Cervical, Infection

Duration: From 2 to 4 weeks

Start dates: Jun-Nov, 2021

Places available: Up to 2

Languages accepted: English

Dr. Alessandro Gasbarrini

Instituto Ortopedico Rizzoli

Via Augusto Murri 3, 40138

Bologna, Italy


Phone: +39 051 636 6971

www.ior.it


Topics: Tumor

Duration: From 1 to 4 weeks

Start dates: Jun-Nov, 2021

Places available: Up to 2

Languages accepted: English

Dr. Asdrubal Falavigna

Universidade de Caxias do Sul

Francisco Getúlio Vargas, 1130, CEP95100-960

Caxias do Sul, Brazil


Phone: +55 54 32182100

www.ucs.br


Topics: Research

Duration: From 2 to 4 weeks

Start dates: Jun, 2021

Places available: Up to 4

Languages accepted: Portuguese, Spanish, English

Objectives: Present the advantages of clinical research and develop the information flow of research activities within the research and surgical center.

Dr. Carlo Bellabarba

Harborview Medical Center

325 9th Avenue, WA 98104

Seattle, USA


Phone: +1 206 744 3466

www.uwmedicine.org


Topics: Trauma

Duration: From 1 to 4 weeks

Start dates: Jun-Nov, 2021

Places available: 1

Languages accepted: English

Dr. Claudio Esteves Tatsui

MD Anderson Cancer Center

1515 Holcombe Blvd, Texas 77030

Houston, USA


Phone: +1 855 995 5460

www.mdanderson.org


Topics: Tumor

Duration: From 1 to 4 weeks

Start dates: Jun-Nov, 2021

Places available: Call will open in Sep 2020

Languages accepted: English

Dr. Daniel K. Riew

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Columbia University Medical Center

5141 Broadway, 3rd Floor, NY 10034

New York City, USA


Phone: +1 212 932 5091

www.danriew.com


Topics: Cervical

Duration: From 2 to 4 weeks

Start dates: Jun-Nov, 2021

Places available: 1

Languages accepted: English

Requirements: Copy of CV, vaccination report, Hepatitis results, visa information, evidences of language competency in oral and written English and Health Clearance Attestation.

Dr. Emiliano Vialle

Hospital Universitário Cajuru

Avenida São José, 300 - CEP: 80050350

Curitiba, Brazil


Phone: +55 41 3223 7860

www.hospitalcajuru.org.br


Topics: Adult Deformity, Degenerative

Duration: From 1 to 4 weeks

Start dates: Jun-Nov, 2021

Places available: 1

Languages accepted: Portuguese, English, Spanish

Dr. Jeffrey C. Wang

University of Southern California Spine Center

1450 San Pablo St., CA 90033

Los Angeles, USA


Phone: +1 323 442 5303

www.keckmedicine.org


Topics: MISS, Adult Deformity, Degenerative

Duration: From 2 to 4 weeks

Start dates: Jun-Nov, 2021

Places available: Up to 2

Languages accepted: English

Dr. Lawrence Lenke

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Columbia University Medical Center

5141 Broadway, 3rd Floor, NY 10034

New York City, USA


Phone: +1 212 305 5974

www.nyp.org


Topics: Adult Deformity, Pediatric Deformity

Duration: From 2 to 4 weeks

Start dates: Jun-Nov, 2021

Places available: 1

Languages accepted: English

Requirements: Copy of CV, vaccination report, Hepatitis results, visa information, evidences of language competency in oral and written English and Health Clearance Attestation.

Dr. Luis Eduardo Munhoz da Rocha

Hospital Pequeno Príncipe

Desembargador Motta, 1070 - CEP 80250-060

Curitiba, Brazil


Phone: +55 41 3514 4141

www.pequenoprincipe.org.br


Topics: Pediatric Deformity

Duration: From 1 to 4 weeks

Start dates: Jun-Nov, 2021

Places available: Up to 2

Languages accepted: Portuguese, Spanish

Dr. Néstor Taboada

Clínica Portoazul

Km2 Vía a Puerto Colombia

Barranquilla, Colombia


Phone: +57 5 3672600

www.clinicaportoazul.com


Topics: MISS

Duration: From 1 to 4 weeks

Start dates: Jun-Nov, 2021

Places available: Call will open in Sep 2020

Languages accepted: Spanish, English, Portuguese

Dr. Ronald Lehman

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Columbia University Medical Center

5141 Broadway, 3rd Floor, NY 10034

New York City, USA


Phone: +1 212 305 5974

www.nyp.org


Topics: MISS, Adult Deformity, Cervical

Duration: From 2 to 4 weeks

Start dates: Jun-Nov, 2021

Places available: 1

Languages accepted: English

Requirements: Copy of CV, vaccination report, Hepatitis results, visa information, evidences of language competency in oral and written English and Health Clearance Attestation.

Dr. Claudio Lamartina
Dr. Pedro Berjano

IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi

Via Riccardo Galeazzi 4, 20161

Milan, Italy


Phone: +39 33 9598 2949

www.galeazzi-gsd.it


Topics: Adult Deformity, Degenerative

Duration: From 3 to 4 weeks

Start dates: Jun-Jul, Sep-Nov, 2021

Places available: Call will open in Sep 2020

Languages accepted: English

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I am already an AO Spine Fellow

After being admitted, you move on to the "being with incredible surgeons" part. During your fellowship you must carry out and submit several mandatory activities and reports.


Associate Fellowship

To receive the attendance certificate, you must conclude all the activities listed below:

I. Logbook: You must submit a monthly report of your training activities on the AO Spine Latin America portal. Failure to do so for three consecutive months will result in your being automatically removed from the program.


Learn how to set up and access your account here


II. Continuing Education Program: an educational program for spine training aimed at orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons interested in spinal pathologies. Participation in the continuing education program will be required, and will only consist of online modules: readings and quizzes.


All content is organized into modules according to the spinal pathology. The student’s task is to read all the available PDF files (reading) and take the corresponding exams (quizzes). These modules can be taken in any order, as best suits the student’s own needs and preferences.


In order to be approved, students must answer all available quizzes and obtain a minimum score of 80% in each one.


Click here to know how to access the platform and complete the quizzes ONLY.


Important:

Answering the quizzes is a mandatory activity of the CEP, and is required in order to receive a fellowship certificate. However, associate fellows may join the full 18-month post-graduation course to obtain an academic certification by the University of Caxias do Sul (BR) without having to pay the course fee (USD 1,200). In that case, fellows must:

- Complete all online modules and activities and pass the final exam.

- Pay the final exam fee (USD 100) at the end of the program.

If approved, they will receive both the fellowship attendance certificate and the post-graduation certificate.


Click here to know more details about the full program


III. Research Project: Fellows must participate in one of the research projects carried out by the reference center according to its research lines and under the guidance of the center director.


IV. Fellow Feedback: At the end of your training, you will be required to submit a confidential assessment of the activities in which you participated.


V. Center Feedback: The spine center will also evaluate the fellow regarding his or her commitment, technical and interpersonal skills, and his or her performance in all the mandatory activities mentioned above. The final score, awarded by the center director, must be at least 70% in order to obtain a fellowship attendance certificate.


Extra activities:

AO Spine courses and seminars

Free Webinars for members

Free AO Spine Centers Club Webinars

Fellows & Ex-Fellows Meeting: an annual event that takes place during our AO Spine Latin America Regional Courses, and an excellent opportunity for our fellows and former fellows share their research with spine experts. More details on the next edition and how to submit your abstract coming soon.

Short-Term Fellowship

To receive the attendance certificate, you must conclude all the activities listed below:

I. Logbook: You must submit a monthly report of your training activities on the AO Spine Latin America portal. Failure to do so for three consecutive months will result in your being automatically removed from the program.


Learn how to set up and access your account here


II. Continuing Education Program: an educational program for spine training aimed at orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons interested in spinal pathologies. Participation in the continuing education program will be required, and will only consist of online modules: readings and quizzes.


All content is organized into modules according to the spinal pathology. The student’s task is to read all the available PDF files (reading) and take the corresponding exams (quizzes). These modules can be taken in any order, as best suits the student’s own needs and preferences.


In order to be approved, students must answer all available quizzes and obtain a minimum score of 80% in each one.


Click here to know how to access the platform and complete the quizzes ONLY.


III. Research Project: Fellows must participate in one of the research projects carried out by the reference center according to its research lines and under the guidance of the center director.


IV. Fellow Feedback: At the end of your training, you will be required to submit a confidential assessment of the activities in which you participated.


V. Center Feedback: The spine center will also evaluate the fellow regarding his or her commitment, technical and interpersonal skills, and his or her performance in all the mandatory activities mentioned above. The final score, awarded by the center director, must be at least 70% in order to obtain a fellowship attendance certificate.


Extra activities:

AO Spine courses and seminars

Free Webinars for members

Free AO Spine Centers Club Webinars

Fellows & Ex-Fellows Meeting: an annual event that takes place during our AO Spine Latin America Regional Courses, and an excellent opportunity for our fellows and former fellows share their research with spine experts. More details on the next edition and how to submit your abstract coming soon.

International Exchange

To receive the attendance certificate, you must conclude all the activities listed below:

I. Fellow Feedback: At the end of your training, you will be required to submit a confidential assessment of the activities in which you participated.


II. Center Feedback: The spine center will also evaluate the fellow regarding his/her commitment, technical and interpersonal skills.


Extra activities:

AO Spine courses and seminars

Free Webinars for members

Free AO Spine Centers Club Webinars

Fellows and ex-fellows meeting: Annually, the Fellows & Ex-Fellows Meeting takes place during the editions of our AO Spine Latin America Regional Courses. It is a great opportunity for our fellows and former fellows share their research with spine experts. Soon you will have more details about the next edition and how to submit your abstract.

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