Paymaun Lotfi, Pierce Nunley, and Luis Lara during SMISS cadaveric training.
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.