In furtherance of our mission, the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery is developing the SMISS Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program which will provide certification at three levels: competency, expertise, and masters; in line with the following objectives:
- Establish and define SMISS-approved principles, competencies and techniques in the practice of MISS
- Create a competency-based curriculum as part of a fully-integrated lifelong learning program
- Define the standalone syllabi for SMISS-approved techniques which can be implemented to train, validate, and certify the performance of surgeons practicing the defined SMISS-approved technique
- Build an SMISS Faculty Development Program and tools to complement the SMISS curriculum
- Develop and publish outcome measures to quantify the value of MISS treatments, including systems, tools, and metrics to measure and validate education, clinical practice, and patient-reported outcomes
- Develop and establish independent and effective guidelines in MISS treatments
- Act as a recognized expert body to define, validate, and improve standards of MISS performance
The SMISS Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program follows the principle of "Lifelong Learning" which is to partner a surgeon with education, tools, and support that will develop and maintain the surgeon's competence, proficiency, and expertise in MISS throughout his/her career. This will be the most important program initiative ever created by SMISS. The SMISS Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program will create a new global standard for minimally invasive surgeon education and training.
The SMISS Percutaneous Pedicle Screw Fixation & Lateral Approaches to Thoracolumbar Interbody Fusion CPD Program will be the first syllabi scheduled to launch in its entirety in 2015.