Davos Courses – experience latest teaching system technology and a new course format

Following the wishes of the extensive community, the Davos Courses' format is focused on interactive, case-based learning, which is directly related to the daily practice.


Personalize your agenda

This year's edition will give participants the opportunity to personalize their agenda by selecting the modules with the topics and the practical exercises that are most relevant to them.


Great networking opportunities

In order to meet your friends and network within the global spine community, we have introduced a participants welcome reception on Monday, 12 December, and the  AO world night "get together" on Tuesday, 13  December.


Practical Sessions

The daily practical exercise sessions range from a minimum of 45 minutes to a maximum of 90 min, with the following topics: Adult Defomity, Cervical Degenerative, Lumbar Degenerative, Trauma, Tumors and Infections.


Keynote Lectures to start the day

Keynote lectures and the combined AOSpine and Technical Commission (TK) sessions are further highlights in this year's program. In addition to the modular case discussions and allocated practical exercises, you have the opportunity to participate in the following keynote lectures:


Date:  Monday, 12 DecTuesday, 13 DecWednesday, 14 DecKeynote Lecture Topic:AOSpine Trauma Sacral ClassificationsSpinal Research, topic TBCNon-technical skills for surgeons - are they important or not? 

Meet the Experts Sessions (2 parallel sessions on Monday and Tuesday)

"Meet the experts session: The good, the bad and the ugly—a case that taught me a lesson" (panel discussion), limited spaces available, on-site registration only!


Date:  Monday, 12 Dec   15:30 - 17:00 Monday, 12 Dec   15:30 - 17:00 Tuesday, 13 Dec  16:30 - 18:00 Tuesday, 13 Dec  16:30 - 18:00Meet the Expert Session:Trauma :
Carlo Bellabarba, Ashley Cole, Daniel Gelb
 Adult Deformity:
Vincent Arlet, Munish Gupta, Emiliano Vialle
 Cervical Degenerative:
Bryan Ashman, Yohan Robinson, Claudius Thomé
 Lumbar Degenerative:
Nene Abhay, Khai Lam


A faculty team of 56 leading spine experts, from more than 20 different countries, will carefully guide your interactive learning experience, and make sure that you get the most out of your Davos Courses 2016 experience. By attending the courses, you will be able to interact with these world-renowned experts as they share their extensive knowledge and experiences in the field of spine surgery.


We look forward to seeing you in Davos!




Davos Courses 2016

Advanced Level Simulated Bioskills Course – latest cutting edge techniques and innovations in practice


For surgeons wanting to develop extra skills in use of the operating microscope, and who are keen to gain greater proficiency in lumbar decompression and instrumentation on artificial bones and simulated specimen, AOSpine is introducing a new educational highlight at this year's Davos Courses – the Advanced Level Simulated Bioskills Course.


Chairperson: Roger Härtl, USA

Educational Advisor: Luca Papavero, Germany



Andreas Korge, Germany

Harry Gebhard, Switzerland

Avelino Parajon, Spain

Stephen Theiss, USA


Davos Courses Director Mike Grevitt says: "Featuring state-of-the-art simulation models with realistic anatomy and intraoperative bleeding system, the latest microscopes and real instruments, the Advanced Level Bioskills-Course will set new standards in practical learning and let the participants experience the newest innovations in practice.  The course will also include blended learning with pre-course online learning resources, virtual tutorials and access to practical videos, didactic sessions with ample time for discussion to ensure that the participants will gain the most from their time in Davos. All this is combined with world renowned faculty and AO teaching principles."


This course aims for surgeons to develop their skills in minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS), focusing on microsurgical decompression and fusion procedures for treating degenerative conditions of the spine, and to perform safe neural manipulation. Complex surgical exposures in various regions of the spine are emphasized, including biomechanical considerations, the surgery decision-making process, and the management of complications. Through intensive, 1:1 hands-on sessions at the bioskill simulator, participants will engage in surgical techniques and strategies for a range of procedures.


Course Objectives:

On completion of this course, participants will be better able to:

• Perform safe entry into the lumbar spinal canal, manipulation of the dura and nerve roots, and discectomy

• Carry out the operative steps in microsurgical decompression of the lumbar spine

• Carry out the operative steps in fusion procedures in the lumbar spine, especially TLIF

• Manage complications and repair a durotomy


With a 3:1 ratio between faculty and participants, the teaching level will be exceptionally high. Led by experienced faculty and key opinion leaders, the course provides a forum for exposure to the latest cutting edge techniques used for spinal reconstruction.


Target Audience:

​The Advanced Level Simulated Bioskills course is designed specifically for advanced level spine surgeons with five years or more experience in spine surgery. Course A is already sold out, hurry up to secure your place in Course B!


Participants who attend will also have the opportunity to observe the Davos Courses Masters Level modules, and interact with world-renowned spine experts in the field of spine surgery.


Course Dates:

Course A: 11—12 December 2016 (SOLD OUT)

Course B: 13—14 December 2016




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