Eurospine, as the largest professional organization of spine therapy in the world, defined as its main goal to introduce a consistent professional European spine surgical professional examination years ago.
In order to establish the professional background, Eurospine started to build up a standardized, modular education system 8 years ago. This is the educational system of the European Spine Diploma. By now, the training was turned into a multistage educational system. The knowledge and the format are being perfected continuously, and thanks to its positive evolution we can say that the requirement system of the “spinal surgery” professional examination, which is supposed to be accredited in the forthcoming 5-7 years in the European Union, will be based on this educational material. After the completion of the Basic Diploma’s 5 modules (basic science, degenerative, tumor, trauma, deformity), participants are eligible to complete the Advanced Diploma which includes the professional practical training, completion of which will be the necessary and sufficient requirement to take the professional examination.
The recent reforming actions developed the efficiency and the success of this training: Eurospine has brought into practice the so called Diploma Equivalence Program, that is to say, after the approval of the proper committee, any EU member state will be authorized to organize and implement the Educational Program with their modules in their own languages, in this way reducing the expenditures of the participants (currently the total cost of the Basic Diploma is approximately 10.000 EUR, including participation fee, travelling costs, and accommodations). Several national spine societies took advantage of the possibility of harmonization and implemented the Educational Program in recent years, for example Germany, Greece, Spain and Turkey organized “national” modules and complete curriculums increasing significantly the number of graduated professionals. The next step was, the reform of the curriculums. Adapting the up-to-date principles of adult education, the main characteristics of the “new format” are dynamism, interactivity and two-way communication. Based on the feedback of the lecturers and the participants, this brought a positive change. (The days of the so called “cemented” tutor status is also gone. Based on the feedback of the participants and the leaders of the course. Eurospine can relieve the burden of the lecturers in the future.)
In light of the above, it is especially important that Hungary actively takes part in the central education program.
Dr. Péter Pál Varga has been playing a key role in the development of the programme and the curriculum, in addition to being the regular lecturer of the spine tumor modules, while Dr. Áron Lazáry acted as the lecturer of the basic sciences modules during the educational week in Strasbourg this year.
The goal of the Hungarian Spine Society and the National Center for Spinal Disorders is the implementation of the European Spine Diploma Educational Programme. By organizing the Eurospine accredited national and regional courses, all the active spine surgical professionals will have the opportunity to acquire the Basic Diploma, which later will become the basic requirement of the European Spine Surgical Professional Examination.
More information: https://www.eurospine.org/cm_data/20180606_Module_1_2018.pdf