Online courses are placed into a variety of different categories which include Journal Review Courses, Textbook Review Courses, Case Study Review Courses, Seminars and Webinars/Webcasts. With the exception of free directory members, all members of the AASP can access coursework and online tests under each category.
Journal Review Courses:
Continuing education credits can be obtained through the American Academy of Spine Physicians (AASP) Journal Review Courses (JRC). The process requires review of designated articles, some of which are available online. After reading the journal articles, you can take an online test. Continuing education credits are available for reading the articles and completing the assigned test bank with a minimum of 80% proficiency. The number of credits available is assigned to each Journal article and may vary between articles depending on length and complexity.
Textbook Review Courses:
Textbook Review Courses (TRC) represents an outstanding practice resource and provides many of the advantages of a seminar in the convenience of your home or office. The TRC format is affordable, effective and practical. You are provided with a comprehensive list of spine related topics to choose from. The list includes the names of textbooks and chapter sources for the material. ISBN numbers are provided, when available, to make it easier to find the publication.
You can choose topic specific educational coursework based upon your interest and practice needs. The textbook review course material is carefully chosen by the multidisciplinary Education Committee of the AASP. Selected texts provide insights and wisdom from world- renowned experts on the spine and spinecare. The TRC format provides you with a unique opportunity to stay at the leading-edge of your field/specialty. Some of the courses are designed to help facilitate collaborative efforts between spinecare professionals of various disciplines.
Case Study Review Courses:
The Case Study Review Courses (CSRC) refer to an archive of case studies, which are posted on the AASP website. The cases presented may change from time to time. Cases can be chosen by topic. Each case study will use a similar format. Continuing education credits can be obtained by successfully completing each case study format and related tests.
The American Academy of Spine Physicians (AASP) may from time to time offer a Webinar, which is essentially a Web-based seminar. They are presented like a conference room-based seminar with the exception that participants view the presentation through a Web-browser. Some webinars will offer interactive opportunities, such as the ability to share, receive and present information through the use of specialized software. The benefits of a Webinar include the ability to reach a large audience and to record the program for future playback.
The American Academy of Spine Physicians (AASP) may periodically offer Webcasts. Unlike an interactive Webinar, a "Webcast", is characterized by information transmission in one direction. It does not typically provide for live interaction between the presenter and the audience. The Webcast format is used to distribute media over the Internet using streaming media technology. A webcast may be distributed live or on demand.
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Welcome to the Inform a Colleague area of the Academy Website. The American Academy of Spine Physicians (AASP) strives to implement new and more efficient methods for members to communicate with other healthcare professionals. One of the most effective tools is the online "Inform a Colleague" function. This function can be used to expand and educate your spinecare referral network. It also represents a resource to conveniently inform others about trends in spinecare and about offers of organizations such as the American Academy of Spine Physicians (AASP), the International Spine Association (ISA). The link library also contains an application for membership with the AASP.
The online "Inform a Colleague" feature provides an invaluable time-saving service for keeping spinecare professionalsup-to-date, expanding the spinecare network, stimulating interdisciplinary referrals and for inviting colleagues to join the AASP. The library of links is always being updated with useful information and resources. The linked messages can be used to
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This level of membership is for physicians (MD, DC, DO) whose practice/interest includes patients with spinal disorders. ($250)
This level of membership is for allied healthcare professionals involved in spinecare and/or spine research. This includes physical therapists, massage therapists, exercise physiologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician's assistants, diagnostic technicians, surgical technicians, exercise instructors, personal trainers and individuals who hold a PhD and work in the field of spinecare. ($150)
This level of membership is for residents, fellows and students who have an interest in spinecare. ($35)
Membership will automatically renew each calendar year starting from the date of membership renewal or membership acceptance unless the AASP is specifically notified in writing by the member at least 30 days prior to their renewal date. Please address all correspondence to the AASP Office of Member Services.
Review the accuracy of your contact information and practice profile information including your email address. To update your profile online go to spinephysicians.org and login using your unique member ID and PIN as noted below.
Please notify the AASP if you no longer meet membership criteria. This includes maintaining an active license to practice.