January 15 - 17, 2015 - Mayo Clinic Education Center, Phoenix, AZ

Course Directors: Huddleston, Paul M., M.D., Shelerud, Randy A., M.D.

Program Schedule

A complete program schedule can be found in the download section on the right side of this page. Note that the schedule is subject to change; therefore, it is suggested that attendees use schedules provided on site as a final reference.


Course Chairs

Paul M. Huddleston III, M.D.
Randy A. Shelerud, M.D.

Course Directors

Jeremy L. Fogelson, M.D.
John A. Freeman, D.O.
Joseph W. Furst, M.D.
Ralph E. Gay, M.D.

Associate Course Directors

Bryan K. Ganter, M.D.
Kirsten S. Paynter, M.D.
Huan Wang, M.D., Ph.D.

Mayo Clinic Faculty

Keith A. Bengtson, M.D.
Elie F. Berbari, M.D.
Barry D. Birch, M.D.
J. Michael Bostwick, M.D.
Lauren M. Bounds, P.T., D.P.T.
Jeffrey S. Brault, D.O.
Brian G. Case, R.N., C.N.S.
James J. Chien, M.D.
Tony Y. Chon, M.D.
Mark W. Christopherson, M.D.
Louise M. Ciarleglio, P.T.
Bradford L. Currier, M.D.
Kelly K. Curtis, M.D.
Peter T. Dorsher, M.D.
Sandra S. Flatten, P.T.,D.P.T.
Halena M. Gazelka, M.D.
Russell Gelfman, M.D.
Sara F. Goetzinger, P.T., D.P.T.
Michael P. Halasy, P.A.-C.
Kevin G. Hardesty, D.C.
Jeanne M. Huddleston, M.D.
Mark Friedrich B. Hurdle, M.D.
Sudeep Jain, P.T.,D.P.T.
Sameer R. Keole, M.D.
Tim J. Lamer, M.D.
John (Jack) I. Lane, M.D.
Pauline H. Lucas, P.T.,D.P.T.
W. Richard Marsh, M.D.
Ahmad Nassr, M.D.
Karen L.  Newcomer, M.D.
Stephen F. Noll, M.D.
Matthew J. Pingree, M.D.
Stephen Pirris, M.D.
Wenchun Qu, M.D., Ph.D.
Peter S. Rose, M.D.
J Robert (Rob) Sonne, J.D.
Jeffrey M. Thompson, M.D.
Jamie J. Van Gompel, M.D. 
Michael D. Whitaker, M.D.
Christopher S. Wie, M.D. 
Stephen J. Wisniewski, M.D.
Michael J. Yaszemski, M.D., Ph.D.

Guest Faculty

Hamilton Hall, M.D., FRCSC
University of Toronto
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Feizhou Lu, M.D., Ph.D.
Huashan Hospital
Fudan University

Xiaosheng Ma, M.D.
Huashan Hospital
Fudan University 

David W. Polly, M.D. 
University of Minnesota 

Workshop Details

Hands-on live lab — Techniques and principles of dural repair

Thursday, Jan. 15
7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
Additional fee: $500

Spine surgery continues to be one of the fastest growing surgical subspecialties within both neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery. Classical open as well as minimally invasive techniques continue to be an increasingly popular means to address a variety of diagnostic and surgical goals in patients with operative spine conditions.

Currently, a broad range of conditions of the spine are amenable to minimally invasive surgical management; indeed for some conditions, less-invasive techniques arguably represent current "best practice." Although technology for progressively more complex spinal interventions has been developed, a concomitant need for addressing dural repair of defects often encountered in less or minimally invasive surgery has not been equally realized. Indeed, this added focus has fueled interest in standard open dural repair techniques and principles as well. Resources for learning the requisite techniques have not completely kept pace with the expanding clinical indications and applications of the discipline.

This hands-on lab is a comprehensive update on dural repair in the spine. It includes discussion of surgical techniques for primary and secondary repair, instrumentation, anatomic and physiologic aspects of CSF leaks, sealants, use of lumbar drains, as well as augmented techniques for challenging dural defects. Lectures are supplemented by laboratory sessions intended for participant's experience.

Hands-on musculoskeletal ultrasound workshop

Thursday, Jan. 15
8 a.m. – 12 noon
Additional fee: $200

This half-day course reviews basic ultrasound imaging of the shoulder, hip, knee, and peripheral nerves.

Brief lectures give an overview of various ultrasound-guided injections, followed by nearly three hours of hands-on scanning time with expert faculty. The hands-on scanning focuses on imaging structures that are commonly injected with ultrasound guidance, such as peripheral joints, soft tissue structures, nerve blocks.

Hands-on physical exam skills for the primary care and midlevel provider

Thursday, Jan. 15
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Additional fee: $200

This hands-on workshop enables you to learn and practice musculoskeletal physical examination techniques, with the expectation that you will be able to use them in the office Monday morning.

The instructors and facilitators are specialists in musculoskeletal medicine who practice in an academic setting, regularly teaching residents and fellows. The workshop utilizes small groups that rotate to stations, where facilitators with expertise in specific areas provide detailed instruction and coaching to maximize the learning experience.

Faculty Disclosure

As a provider accredited by ACCME, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine (Mayo School of Continuous Professional Development) must ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in its educational activities. Course director(s), planning committee, faculty, and all others who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest related to the subject matter of the educational activity. Safeguards against commercial bias have been put in place. Faculty also will disclose any off-label and/or investigational use of pharmaceuticals or instruments discussed in their presentation. Disclosure of this information will be published in course materials so those participants in the activity may formulate their own judgments regarding the presentation.