Global Spine Diploma

Advance your career with AO Spine's Global Spine Diploma Program and Global Spine Diploma Exam!

With AO Spine, you gain access to a network of thousands of spine professionals around the world and have direct access to the very latest, world-renowned clinical expertise of global spine faculty, opinion leaders, and influencers.

AO Spine supports you and your training needs throughout your career, and you'll have access to the right people and right resources at the right time.

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Certify your knowledge internationally

Cover all spine pathologies based on the AO Spine Curriculum

Fill knowledge gaps

Benefit from the experience and support of global leaders

For various stages of your career

Are you a recently graduated spinal orthopedic or neurosurgeon?
The Global Spine Diploma Program offer:

Global Diploma

Continue to build your knowledge and skills with the AO's Global Spine Diploma Training Program. The 12-month program is based on five modules and covers trauma, cervical degeneration, infection, deformity, oncology, arthrosis, osteoporosis, and lumbar degeneration. The program is CME accredited by UEMS-EACCME®.

This is the ultimate, systematic spine surgery training pathway for spine experts and leads to the internationally recognized Global Spine Diploma.

Do you already have five or more years of experience as a spine surgeon?
The Global Spine Diploma Exam is available to you directly:

Global Diploma

The AO Spine Global Spine Diploma Exam is the only formal assessment of its kind and demonstrates to your patients, employers, and colleagues that you possess the level of knowledge expected of a specialist spine surgeon after five years of practical experience and the competencies needed to manage patients with spinal disorders.

You can take the Global Spine Diploma Mock Exam to test if you are ready to take the diploma exam. It will reveal potential knowledge gaps and the areas where you would most benefit from selected training program modules or individual courses.

The call for applications for the Global Spine Diploma Training Program is closed.

The next programs start dates are in August 2023 and February 2024. 

The call for applications for the Global Spine Diploma Exam is closed.

 Registration for the exam 2024 will open in summer 2023. 

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