Comprehensive Spine Course

June 28-29, 2019

University of Missouri School of Medicine PCCLC
745 Kentucky Blvd., Columbia, MO 65211 • Patient Centered Care Learning Center (LC 230)

The overall goal of the course is to update allied health practitioners in the basic knowledge of spine and increase competence in evaluating, counseling, managing and/or, when appropriate, referring patients who present with spine conditions. The course will include lectures, panel discussions with question & answer periods, and case reviews.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this activity, participants:

  1. Utilize the most up-to-date information to evaluate, diagnose, and manage patients with the following spine conditions:
    • Low back and chronic pain
    • Sports related spine injuries
    • Adult spinal deformities
    • Cervical myelopathy
    • Cervical radiculopathy
    • Lumbar stenosis
    • Spinal metastatic disease
  2. Develop appropriate pain management strategies for patients with above conditions including ordering an appropriate diagnostic imaging.
  3. Determine appropriate patients to refer to spine specialists including to non-operative and operative spine providers.

MU School of Medicine
MU Center for Continuing Medical Education & Physician Lifelong Learning
MU Extension

Course Director:

  • Fassil B. Mesfin, MD, PhD, FAANS, FACS

Course Coordinators:

  • Melanie Dollens, RN
  • Stacy Jett, RN

MU School of Medicine Faculty:

  • Joseph Cousins, MD, PhD – Professor of Radiology
  • Humera Ahsan, MD – Associate Professor of Clinical Radiology
  • Ebby Varghese, MD – Assistant Professor of Clinical PM&R
  • Thor Norregaard, MD – Associate Professor of Clinical Neurosurgery.
  • Tomoko Tanaka, MD – Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
  • James Stensby, MD – Assistant Professor of Clinical Radiology
  • Ted Choma, MD – Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Mark Drymalski, MD – Assistant Professor of Clinical PM&R
  • Fassil B. Mesfin, MD, PhD – Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
  • Mohammad T. Agha, MD, MHA – Assistant Professor of Clinical PM&R
  • Don Moore, MD – Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery