• Title: SMISS Research Updates: New Technology
  • Release date: September 2019
  • Expiration date: September 2021
  • Estimated time to complete activity: 0.5 hour
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    • Mac OSX with latest version of Safari
    • High-speed internet connection required
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  • This activity is jointly provided by Medical Education Resources and the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.
    • Target Audience

      This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of orthopaedic and neurological surgeons, fellows, residents and allied health professionals involved in the care of patients with spinal conditions.

      Statement of Need/Program Overview

      To enable surgeons, fellows, residents and allied health professionals involved with minimally invasive spine surgery to gain knowledge about research results in the field.

      Educational Objectives

      After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:

      • Describe the results of research presented addressing minimally invasive spine surgery
      • Discuss the implications of the results of the research presented addressing minimally invasive spine surgery


      Fabio Pencle, MBBS
      LESS Institute, Hollywood, FL

      Jeffrey Fischgrund
      William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI

      Kornelis Poelstra, MD, PhD
      The Spine Institute on the Emerald Coast, Fort Walton, FL

      Jordan Guntin, BS
      Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

      Yukihiro Nakagawa, MD, PhD
      Wakayama Medical University Kihoku Hospital, Wakayama City, Japan

      Program Agenda

      • Incidence of Fusion Across Total Disc Replacement with Heterotopic Ossification: Are Ball and Socket Disc Replacements Fusing with and without Radiographic Evidence
      • Two-Year Outcomes of Patients Treated with BVN Ablation for the Relief of Chronic Low Pain: Results of the SMART Trial
      • Molybdenum Rhenium Alloy provides Superior Biomechanical and Wear Properties for a New Generation of Spine Implants
      • The Influence of Conflicts of Interest on Outcomes in the Lumbar Disc Arthroplasty Literature
      • Diffusion-weighted MR Neurography for the Preoperative Assessment of Nerve Root Anomaly in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery

      Physician Credit

      This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint provider-ship of Medical Education Resources (MER) and SMISS. MER is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

      Credit Designation

      Medical Education Resources designates this enduring material for a maximum of .50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

      Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

      Medical Education Resources ensures balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all our educational programs. In accordance with this policy, MER identifies conflicts of interest with its instructors, content managers, and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of an activity. Conflicts are resolved by MER to ensure that all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in a continuing education activity conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, and analysis. MER is committed to providing its learners with high-quality activities that promote improvements or quality in health care and not the business interest of a commercial interest.

      The faculty reported the following financial relationships with commercial interests whose products or services may be mentioned in this activity:

      Name of Faculty Reported Financial Relationship
      Fabio Pencle, MBBS None
      Jeffrey Fischgrund A; Relievant. B; Relievant
      Kornelis Poelstra, MD, PhD Consulting Fees:MiRus, LLC, K2M, Mazor Robotics, ISD, DePuy Synthes Spine, Ascension
      Health, Medtronic Spine, Integrity Spine.
      Ownership Interest/Shareholder: MiRus, LLC.
      Jordan Guntin, BS None
      Yukihiro Nakagawa, MD, PhD None

      The content managers reported the following financial relationships with commercial interests whose products or services may be mentioned in this activity:

      Name of Content Manager Reported Financial Relationship
      SMISS No financial relationships to disclose
      Planners at Medical Education Resources No financial relationships to disclose

      Method of Participation

      There are no fees for SMISS members to participate in and receive credit for this activity. Non-members will be charged $35.00 USD during the period September 2019 through September 2021. Participants must 1) read the CME front matter, 2) study the educational activity, 3) complete the posttest with a score of 70% or better, 4) complete the evaluation form, and 5) download CME certificate.




      The content and views presented in this educational activity are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of Medical Education Resources or SMISS. The authors have disclosed if there is any discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA in their presentations. Before prescribing any medicine, primary references and full prescribing information should be consulted. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management.

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