The American Acadmey of Spine Physicians (AASP) offers social networking tools and resources to help members reach other professionals and the public. This form of networked communication provides a very efficient method for â€œspreading the wordâ€?. The AASP is committed to keeping members informed about emerging technologies and offering members with resources which can be used on existing social network sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter, My Space, and Facebook.
Networking sites provide the spine specialist with a unique opportunity to communicate with other healthcare professionals and develop referral relationships. Social networking also facilitates the sharing of information such as pictures, brochures, videos, fact sheets, and other educational materials. Favorite links can be shared with others. Users can also be drawn in to your practice profile. There are also many online resources which can be used to directly broadcast â€œneed-to-knowâ€? information and to distribute resources provided by the AASP. One of the most successful and well known sites for this purpose is You Tube.
Online networking is sometimes referred to as â€œviral marketingâ€? because of the rapid multidirectional spread of information. With the simple push of a few buttons on a computer keyboard members can distribute information quicker and to a larger audience than major television networks a few years ago. Online networking has become a powerful tool which is and will continue to influence personal health and the practice of medicine. It has empowered the public and patient to demand personalized care.
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.
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Please notify the AASP if you no longer meet membership criteria. This includes maintaining an active license to practice.