1st Annual Safety in Spine Surgery Month | Online CME

S3P Spine Safety Month

April 2021

Chairman: Michael Vitale, MD

Co-Chairmen: John Flynn, MD; Roger Härtl, MD; Larry Lenke, MD; Rajiv Sethi, MD



Statistics showing high numbers of medical and surgical errors have recently been highlighted by US government agencies, medical societies, patient groups, and throughout the media. These errors cause unnecessary human suffering, damage the reputation of the medical community, and dramatically increase costs.

Founded and directed by the Safety in Spine Surgery Project (S3P), and chaired by Michael Vitale, MD, the goal of this project is to improve safety in spine surgery by sharing guidelines, techniques, and protocols that make care better, and to share lessons learned from participants who developed specific, successful safety protocols.

This will be accomplished by the partnership of S3P with surgeons, medical professionals, medical device companies, and hospitals.


It is the belief of the program directors that all major healthcare stakeholders are obligated to invest their expertise and funds to dramatically enhance patient safety.

1. Partner with Us—Your hospital, organization, or company can become part of the solution! Contact Kate Laney for details.

2. Attend Webinars—Sign up to attend the webinars on April 15 & April 29. The Best New Methodologies and Techniques to Enhance Safety in Spine Surgery award winners will present live.

3. Contribute Your Ideas—Get active on social media during the month of April using #SafetyinSpineSurgery and #S3P. We welcome your tips, questions, and best practices!

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Learn More in the Video Below


Safety in Spine Surgery: First Do No Harm—A CME-accredited webinar series

Chairman: Michael Vitale, MD

Co-Chairmen: John Flynn, MD; Roger Härtl, MD; Larry Lenke, MD; Rajiv Sethi, MD

April 15, 2021 | 7:00-9:00 pm EST

Safety in Spine Surgery: Predictive Analytics, Enabling Technology, & Innovative Techniques That Make Your Spine OR Safer

April 29, 2021 | 7:00-9:00 pm EST

Safety in Spine Surgery: Checklists, Guidelines, and Tricks to Avoid Complications and Improve Neurological Safety


To be confirmed but will include lectures on basic themes in spine surgery safety, best practice guidelines for high-risk spinal surgery, and the presentation of best papers on new methodologies and techniques to enhance safety in spine surgery.

Educational Objectives

At the conclusion of the program, participants should be able to:

  1. Discuss best practices for safety during the pre, intra, and post-surgical stages of spine surgery.
  2. Describe & implement the Checklist for Response to Intraoperative Monitoring Change in 'High Risk' Spinal Surgery.

Accreditation Statement

This activity will be planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of Medical Education Resources (MER) and BroadWater, LLC. MER is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Contact Kate Laney via phone (630-681-1040 x 301) or email