CME expires June 30, 2026
PREPARE. PRACTICE. EVALUATE.
Test your knowledge on the diagnosis and management of adult degenerative conditions and traumatic injuries of the spine and prepare for board examinations and maintenance of certification with essential content from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) library.
This six-module study plan has been developed in conjunction with the AAOS Spine Content Committee to prepare orthopaedic surgeons for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Surgery of the Spine Practice-Profiled Recertification Examination.
Selected AAOS content aligns with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Surgery of the Spine Recertification Examination Blueprint, making this course not only an essential study tool but also an excellent resource for surgeons interested in obtaining a well-rounded foundation in current orthopaedic spine surgery-related concepts.
AAOS Spine Practice Prep Plan Lead Editors
Abhishek Kumar, MD, FRCSC
Peter Derman, MD
AAOS Spine Practice Prep Plan Editors
I. David Kaye, MD
Peter G. Passias, MD, MS, FAAOS, FACS
Robert Ravinsky, MD, MPH, FRCSC
Table of Contents
Module 1: Cervical Spine
Module 2: Thoracic Spine
Module 3: Lumbar/Sacral Spine
Module 4: Differential Diagnoses
Module 5: General Principles
Module 6: Perioperative Management
Knowledge Check — AAOS board-style self-assessment examination questions specifically selected to address the top-tested content
Recommended Readings — Full-text PDFs of recent, relevant AAOS book chapters; Instructional Course Lecture chapters; and Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons articles
Lecture Presentations — Audiovisual presentations from key AAOS Annual Meeting Symposia and Instructional Course Lectures and the Orthopaedic Video Theater
Study Activity — Digital flashcards to test knowledge and highlight key, testable concepts
Build-a-Quiz — Create mock quizzes or individualized question banks to reinforce specific content areas
Complete the program at your own pace
Track your progress and performance
Pick up where you left off across your devices
Interpret current clinical, laboratory, and diagnostic imaging studies related to adult degenerative disorders and traumatic injuries of the spine.
Demonstrate clinical decision-making skills for the management of adult degenerative spine disorders and traumatic injuries.
Understand the anatomy, basic science, and physiology of the stable and unstable spine.
Differentiate between appropriate surgical and nonsurgical treatment strategies.
Apply evidence-based orthopaedic literature in your practice.
Earn up to 65 AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits™.