FacultyFocus AO Spine

Dear colleagues,

Welcome to the first 2022 edition of FacultyFocus, the newsletter featuring information specially selected for you as AO Spine faculty.

In this edition, you can learn about how you can help shape the future of spine surgery by volunteering as a faculty member for the AO Spine Global Spine Diploma (GSD) Program or as an examiner for the GSD exam.

This issue also features an article about the recently published study, “Evaluation of Blended Online Learning in Three Spinal Surgery Educational Courses,” which found that a fully online blended learning course on spine surgery can be delivered effectively with a high participant and faculty satisfaction rate, and that the asynchronous part of such a course contributes significantly to learning.

You also won’t want to miss the latest news from AO Access—the AO’s diversity, inclusion, and mentorship initiative—including the successful pilot and upcoming launch of its mentorship program, as well as the newly appointed AO Access Liaisons who will play an important ambassadorial role.

Also in this edition, you will get the latest AO Education Institute news, including new educational research publications and the 10 tips for blended learning.

We wish you an enjoyable reading experience and look forward to hearing your ideas for future FacultyFocus topics: ginesa.aviles@aofoundation.org.


Best regards,

Emre Acaro─člu

Chairperson, AO Spine Education Commission