Global Spine Diploma Program is open for applications

Two start dates annually—join the spine surgery elite!
Global Spine Diploma

AO Spine is delighted to open applications for the renewed 12-month Global Spine Diploma Program. Only 100 seats available for each intake, deadline for applications is May 15, 2023.

The Global Spine Diploma (GSD) Program is the first globally developed systematic training pathway for spine specialists—for young surgeons qualified in orthopedic, neuro, or trauma surgery, who are optimizing their knowledge in all pathologies to implement in their daily practice. The program has been designed by world-renowned AO Spine surgeons to ensure it meets the demands for excellence.

Next start dates are in August 2023 or February 2023.

What's inside:

  • 5 modules, 8 weeks each: Trauma, Lumbar Degeneration, Cervical Degeneration, Deformity, and Infection/Oncology
  • Total program duration 12 months
  • Time investment, approximately 3–5 hours per week
  • 2–3 live-case discussions for each module,
  • Monthly live sessions with leading spine experts
  • The program is flexible, allowing participants to learn at their own pace
  • Two start dates annually, in August and in February
  • Access to a vast library of resources: video lectures, articles, and book chapters in all pathologies

Who else is there:

  • The GSD Program is available to recent graduates in orthopedics, trauma, or neurosurgery
  • Online course with participants from around the world
  • Limited seats: only 100 places for each intake
  • World-renowned spine specialists and authorities drive and teach the program
  • Live-case discussions with faculty based in your time-zone

Why take part:

  • Earn CME credits
  • Positively impact your career prospects by being recognized as an AO trained spine surgeon worldwide
  • Grow your international professional network
  • Benefit from the experience and support of global leaders in spine surgery during the learning pathway and beyond.
  • Join the Global Spine Diploma network of professionals based world-wide

Participants will have a thorough grounding in all aspects of specialist spine care; not just practical knowledge, but also the broader skill set that surgeons require. 


How to apply:

Visit the website for more details and downloads. The overall course tuition fee for the 12 months is CHF 2,500 which can be paid in two separate installments.

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