The emphasis of this workshop is on surgical microanatomy and microdissection of the cervical spine. It will enhance the 3-D anatomical review of participants and sharpen their surgical skills of cervical decompression and stabilization techniques. Participants will:

  • Review and describe the intricate anatomy of the uncinated process, nerve roots, the vertebral artery and foramen
  • Identify the relationship of the above to each other
  • Review the techniques and perform under the guidance of experts, anterior and posterior surgical approaches to the cervical spine including:
    • Posterior decompression techniques including laminotomy, foraminotomy, laminoplasty, laminectomy, and facetectomy
    • Fusion techniques including occipital-cervical constructs, C1-2 transarticular fixation, subaxial wire and plating constructs
    • Anterior decompression techniques including discectomy, foraminitomy, corpectomy
    • Anterior fusion techniques including Smith-Robinson and strut grafting as well as subaxial plate, odontoid fixation and cages
    • Transoral approach to dens resection
  • Discuss surgical indications and complications management for the above procedures

Due to federal regulations, participants are only allowed to place FDA-approved products into the cervical spine.

Tuition fees:
Physician - $2095
Resident, Fellow and USA Military - $1250
Lecture Only - No Hands-On Cadaver Lab - $950

Please note if paying by credit card you must pay at the time of registration.
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Email Address:
Please ensure you register with your personal email address as this is how you will receive pertinent course information and your Continuing Education Credit.

Cancellation Policy:
A refund less 10% for the registration fee will be refunded if cancelled before July 31, 2014. If you paid by credit card we will refund your credit card, please note it takes 5-10 working days to post back to your credit card.

Dirk H. Alander, MD
ORS - Mercy Clinic Orthopedic Trauma Surgery - St. Louis, MO
Joseph S Cheng, MD
Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery - Vanderbilt University Medical Center - Nashville, TN
Ian Dorward, MD
- St. Louis, MO
Jeremy L. Fogelson, MD
- Charlotte, NC
Alan S. Hilibrand, MD
- Philadelphia, PA
Michael P Kelly, MD, MS
Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, Spine Service, - Washington University School of Medicine - St. Louis, MO
Praveen Mummaneni, MD
- University of California - San Francisco, CA
Howard Place, MD
Professor and Vice Chairman - Orthopaedic Surgery, Saint Louis University - St. Louis, MO
Wilson Ray, MD
- Saint Louis, MO
Glenn Rechtine, MD
- Asheville, FL
K. Daniel Riew, MD
- New York, NY
Vincent C. Traynelis, MD
Professor and Vice Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery - Rush University Medical Center - Chicago, IL
Ian Vlok, MD
Consultant, Head of Department - University of Stellenbosch and Tygerberg Academic Hospital - Bellville, Western Cape, IL
Paul H Young, MD
- St Louis, MO
Lukas P. Zebala, MD
Assistant Professor, - Washington University School of Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery - St. Louis, MO
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American Medical Association

Saint Louis University designates this live activity for a maximum of 15.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)
Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Saint Louis University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Validation of Content:

Saint Louis University School of Medicine follows the ACCME policy on Validation of Content for CME activities which
 require that:

  1. All recommendations involving clinical medicine must be based on evidence that is accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate justification for their indications and contraindications in the care of patients.
  2. All scientific research referred to, reported or used in CME in support or justification of a patient care recommendation must conform to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection and analysis.
  3. Providers are not eligible for ACCME accreditation or re-accreditation if they present activities that promote recommendations, treatment, or manners of practicing medicine that are not within the definition of CME, or known to have risks or dangers that outweigh the benefits or known to be ineffective in the treatment of patients. An organization whose program of CME is devoted to advocacy of unscientific modalities of diagnosis or therapy is not eligible to apply for ACCME accreditation.

Disclosure Policy:

It is the policy of Saint Louis University School of Medicine to insure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in its continuing medical education program. Faculty and planning committee members participating in these
activities are required to disclose to the audiences prior to the activity the following:

(1) A relevant financial relationship within the past 12 months (including themselves and their 
spouse/partner) as defined by the ACCME. The ACCME defines a “commercial interest” as any proprietary entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients, with the exemption of non-profit or government organizations and non-health care related companies.
(2) Their intention to discuss a product that is not labeled for the use under discussion.
(3) Their intention to discuss preliminary research data.

Saint Louis University School of Medicine will review this activity’s disclosures and resolve all identified conflicts of interest, if applicable.

The education the participant gains through our CME activities does not satisfy training requirements to perform surgery.

Thank You, Vendors!


















We offer the following corporate sponsorship opportunities:
  • An educational grant offsets expenses associated with the program
  • Products in the lab offered for hands-on use by faculty and attendees.
  • Vendors are welcome to rent a exhibit table for a fee. Exhibit tables are located on the 2nd floor of our PASE Learning Center, which is the dining and exhibit hall where all breaks and meals take place.
Each of the above levels will be recognized by our faculty during the opening remarks, given to course faculty and participants in course folders, and posted on signs throughout our facility. We post your current company logo linked to "your" website on the course registration website.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or an exhibitor, please contact Joyce Bryan, Coordinator of Corporate Relations for more detailed information.

Phone:  314-977-7352
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Currently sponsor/vendor registration on-line is NOT available.

Course Hotels listed Alphabetically

Hotel Information

Reserve your Room

Chase Park Plaza

Located 1.4 miles from PASE, the Chase is a world-class hotel offering personal services and modern amenities. The Chase exemplifies a gracious style and timeless elegance. Located in the center of eclectic and cosmopolitan Central West End neighborhood you will have countless restaurants, boutiques, and attractions a moment's walk away. Included in your rate is an upgrade to a spacious one-bedroom suite, complimentary guest room internet, and one complimentary movie ticket to be used at The Cinema at the Chase.

Chase Park Plaza
$155 Per Night
212 North Kingshighway Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108

877-387-2427 - 314-633-3000

Mention you are with PASE Skull Base Course.

Hotel Ignacio
hotel ignacio one bed rooms

Located .6 miles from PASE, Hotel Ignacio, owned and operated by Saint Louis University is an exceptional boutique hotel located in the vibrant midtown area of Saint Louis. Discerning travelers who walk through our doors enter an urban oasis. Here, you'll find all the comforts and convenience of home in an intimate setting, combined with extraordinary personalized service delivered by a friendly, professional staff dedicated to making your stay absolutely seamless. You can even bring along your best furry friend!

Hotel Ignacio
$155 Per Night
3411 Olive
St. Louis, MO 63103
Phone: (314) 977-4411

You will need to take a taxi to and from:
 Lambert International Airport

 Location: PASE Learning Center, Young Hall
3839 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108 USA


Privacy Notice/Grievance Policy & Procedure

Privacy Notice for Registrants of SLU CME/CE Activities
  • We do not sell or rent the information we have about you to anyone
  • We do not share your information with outside companies for the purpose of selling their products or services to you
  • We will use your email information to inform you of upcoming CME/CE activities approved by the SLU CME Program
  • You have the right to OPT-Out at any time when receiving invitations regarding upcoming CME/CE activities

Grievance Policy & Procedure

The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards and the SLU CME Program Mission is the responsibility of the CME Program Director in consultation with the CME Program Accrediting Director & CME Chairperson, and the Continuing Education Committee.

While Saint Louis University CME Program attempts to anticipate issues and assure fair treatment for all participants to conduct and experience valid and successful CME activities, there may be occasional issues which require intervention and/or action on the part of the CME Program. 

To register a complaint or grievance with the Saint Louis University CME Program:

Submit a written, detailed complaint or grievance to cme@slu.edu.

1.        Complaints will be reviewed by the Program Director and addressed or transferred to the appropriate level for review:

·          Answers and/or actions taken to rectify complaints will be documented and sent to those that provide contact information.

·          If appropriate, complaints will be reviewed at the CME Committee Meeting for members to discuss and find solutions to the area of complaint.

·          Compliance issues will automatically be moved up to the Accrediting Director for immediate review.

To submit concerns regarding compliance with accreditation requirements, a direct portal to the ACCME Complaint Form is provided on the Saint Louis University CME website, http://www.accme.org/accme-complaint-form.