Amajority of patients go to the internet to research their medical conditions, including spinecare and related disorders. This is a growing trend and one that will continue to influence the practice of medicine and all areas of spinecare. It is the responsibility of healthcare professionals to help their patients' access accurate information online.
All members of the American Academy of Spine Physicians (AASP) are entitled to FREE membership with the International Spine Association (ISA). This authorizes them to complete a full page profile on the International Directory of Spinecare Professionals.Members also can download personalized spinecare information script forms which can be used to direct patients to an online ISA multimedia database for "need-to-know" information about the spine, spine disorders and recommended spinecare. All of this can be accessed on the AASP Member Dashboard.
Each script format provides a list of educational headings and categories, each with a check box next to them. The forms are designed for use by the healthcare provider. The attending spinecare provider simply marks the relevant box next to the topic they want their patient to learn about. The script is to be given to the patient. The script form provides direction to the online information about the spine disorder and/or other spinecare category. It directs the patient to the online Public Information Center (PIC) of the International Spine Association (ISA) so that they can learn more about their spine and other topics of their physician's choice.
The online PIC represents a large multimedia database of "need-to-know" information about the spine, spine disorders and available spinecare. The content of the PIC is managed by the International Spine Association (ISA).The AASP is one of the content providers for the ISA. The following script forms are available:
Information Prescription Forms ( Click Script Pad to View )
Inform a Colleague
Expand and Educate Your Spinecare Network
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.