Global Spine Diploma Program

Join the spine surgery elite. Boost your career.

The Global Spine Diploma Training Program is being updated. Please check back in January 2023 for full details on what's new.

The Global Spine Diploma (GSD) Program is the first globally developed, ultimate and systematic spine surgery training pathway for recently graduated orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons. Internationally recognized experts certify your knowledge, ensuring your place among the next generation of leading spine surgeons worldwide.

Why you should join

Join the first program developed for the needs of international spine care.

Benefit from the experience and support of global leaders in spine surgery during the learning pathway.

Learn online at your own pace. Self-directed and in instructor-led sessions.

Be recognized as spine surgeon worldwide and positively impact your career.

What we offer

Reasonable time effort

21 months overall duration, on average
3–5 hours per week

Productive learning style

Efficient and flexible online learning in small groups

Sophisticated syllabus

Based on a thorough curriculum, written and taught by world-renowned surgeons

Continuing medical education (CME) accreditation

Application will be made to UEMS-EACCME®

Cost per semester (total two semesters) as per World Bank classification:

  • CHF 100 administrative fee (nonrefundable) is due upon applying for the candidate eligibility verification.
  • CHF 1'750 high-income countries
  • CHF 1'250 middle-income countries
  • CHF 750 low-income countries

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  • To learn more about the AO Spine Curriculum and the pathology domains
  • To understand the learning journey and content provided
  • To be informed "how to apply"

The application period for Global Spine Diploma Program 2022 is closed.

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Learn with a clear plan

The Global Spine Diploma Program covers the following spinal pathologies:

  • Trauma
  • Degeneration
  • Pediatric and adult deformity
  • Oncology
  • Infection
  • Spinal fragility fractures and
  • Inflammatory spondyloarthropathy

During the duration of the program you will have to complete at least one elective module. Elective modules are tailored to specialize your knowledge in:

Note: The elective activities are offered upon availability and are not included in the Global Spine Diploma Training Program registration fee.

The AO Spine Curriculum—From competencies to competence

The AO Global Spine Diploma Program syllabus follows the AO Spine Curriculum, which forms the basis for all educational AO Spine events and programs. It is based on Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs). EPAs convey broader skills beyond medical and surgical expertise ensuring targeted development of cognitive, procedural, nontechnical, and nonoperative skills.

Download the AO Spine Curriculum

The Global Spine Diploma Program Committee

The Global Diploma Program is driven, written, and taught by world-renowned surgeons and tailored to surgeons’ needs. With their vast experience, local and international faculty members give mentoring support through the program’s duration. Each faculty member has undergone a dedicated faculty training program.

Bryan Ashman

Canberra, Australia

Atiq Uz Zaman

Lahore, Pakistan

Asdrubal Falavigna

Caxias do Sul, Brazil

Bradley Jacobs

Calgary, Canada

Evan Davies

Southampton, England

Karsten Wiechert

Karsten Wiechert

Munich, Germany

Klaus Schnake

Erlangen, Germany

KV Menon

Maharashtra, India

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