Hands-on Surgical Techniques Course

Key Dates | Course Information

Hands-on Surgical Techniques Course 
July 18 – 20, 2024

Indiana Spine Group, Medical Academic Center
Indianapolis, Indiana

Primary Audience: Senior level orthopedic (PGY4 and up) and neurosurgery (PGY5 and up) residents and fellows.


Accepted scholarship recipients will receive complimentary course registration, hotel and airfare. CSRS will fund 32 US-based, senior-level residents and fellows to attend this course.         

Applications are now closed.

Key Dates

Application open: March 1, 2024
Application closes: March 25, 2024
Acceptance decisions: Mid-April to mid-May 2024
Hands-on Surgical Techniques Course begins: July 18-20, 2024 

Course Information

The course will cover the latest advances and techniques of the cervical spine including:

  • Understanding the intricate anatomy of the uncinate process, nerve roots, the vertebral artery, foramen and identify their relationship to each other
  • Discuss surgical indications and complication management for cervical spine procedures
  • Review and perform the following cervical spine procedures on cadaveric tissue:
  • ‚ÄčAnterior and posterior surgical approaches including: laminotomy, foraminotomy, laminoplasty, laminectomy, and facetectomy
  • Fusion techniques including: occipital-cervical constructs, C1-2 fixation, subaxial screw and rod constructs
  • Anterior decompression techniques including: disectomy, foraminotomy, corpectomy 
  • Anterior fusion techniques including: interbody and corpectomy grafting, as well as subaxial plate, odontoid fixation and cages
  • Transoral approach to dens resection