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The EUROSPINE Diploma in Interprofessional Spine Care (EDISC) is a new education initiative and aimed at developing expertise and empowering spine care professionals of all specialties.


This people-centred education activity, developed by an interprofessional team of experts with guidance from medical education specialists promotes collaborative care using evidence-based best practice to improve patient outcomes.

EDISC will be delivered online!

Task Force members

  • Pierre Côté Co-Chair
    University degree(s):Prof. Specialisation:Trauma: Cervical, Thoraco-lumbar / Degenerative: Cervical, Thoraco-lumbar Institute, Department:Ontario Tech University
  • Margareta Nordin Co-Chair
    University degree(s):Prof. Specialisation:Degenerative: Cervical, Thoraco-lumbar, Sacral Institute, Department:New York University / School of Medicine
  • Richard Brown Member
    Institute, Department:World Federation of Chiropractic
  • Jamiu Busari Member
    University degree(s):Prof. Specialisation:Deformity: Paediatric Institute, Department:Horacio Oduber Hospital, Maastricht University / Pediatrics
  • Stéphane Genevay Member
    University degree(s):Dr Specialisation:Degenerative: Thoraco-lumbar Institute, Department:University Hospitals of Geneva / Division of RheumatologyUniversity Hospitals of Geneva
  • Anette Ranhoff Member
    University degree(s):Prof. Specialisation:Degenerative: Cervical, Thoraco-lumbar, Sacral / Deformity: Adult Institute, Department:Diakonhjemmet Hospital University of Bergen
  • Lisa Roberts Member
    University degree(s):Prof. Institute, Department:University of Southampton / School of Health Sciences (Mailpoint 11) Southampton General Hospital Room AA101
  • Eva Skillgate Member
    University degree(s):Prof. Specialisation:Trauma: Cervical, Thoraco-lumbar, Sacral / Degenerative: Cervical, Thoraco-lumbar, Sacral Institute, Department:Karolinska Institutet Institute of Environmental Medicine
  • Steven Vogel Member
    University degree(s):Assoc. Prof. Institute, Department:University College of Osteopathy
  • Erik Werner Member
    University degree(s):Prof. Specialisation:Degenerative: Thoraco-lumbar Institute, Department:University of Oslo / Dep of General Practice
  • Fabio Zaina Member
    University degree(s):Dr Specialisation:Degenerative: Cervical, Thoraco-lumbar / Deformity: Paediatric, Adult Institute, Department:ISICO / Rehabilitation
  • Christine Cedraschi Advisor
    University degree(s):Prof. Dr Specialisation:Degenerative: Thoraco-lumbar Institute, Department:University Hospitals, Multidisciplinary Pain Center / Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Louis-Rachid Salmi Advisor
    University degree(s):Prof. Dr Institute, Department:Université de Bordeaux / Univ. Bordeaux, ISPED, Centre INSERM U1219 Bordeaux Population Health
  • Olivier Lanlo Observer
    University degree(s):Dr Institute, Department:IFEC / Direction
  • Berit Schiottz-Christensen Observer
    University degree(s):Prof. Specialisation:Degenerative: Cervical, Thoraco-lumbar, Sacral Institute, Department:Spine Centre of Southern Denmark
  • Julie-Lyn Noël Staff
    Institute, Department:EUROSPINE
  • Sandy Sutter Staff
    Institute, Department:EUROSPINE / Education & Research

Target Audience

• Healthcare professionals in Europe in order of availability and access: primary care physicians and surgeons involved in spine care, physiotherapist, chiropractors, osteopaths, occupational therapists, clinical psycholoigists, nursing practitioners, naprapath and others who are graduated as clinicians from a recognized institution (i.e. professional school or university).
• At least two years of clinical experience is recommended but all new graduates are encouraged to register.

Learning outcomes

There is a need to provide health care practitioners engaged in non-surgical care with an interprofessional harmonised and evidence-based curriculum on patient-centred collaborative care.

Obtain the EUROSPINE Diploma in Interprofessional Spine Care (EDISC)

The EDISC Diploma can be obtained by completing 7 modules over a period of three years.

The EDISC programme is built sequentially starting with module 1 and ending with module 7.

After each completed module, continuous medical education (CME) credits and certificate are awarded. If the learner participates only in certain modules, modules in this case can be taken in a non-sequential way.

EDISC will be delivered online!

All 7 modules will be delivered online.

The following modules will be delivered:
  • EDISC Module 1: Using literature to inform my practice (core skills 1)
  • EDISC Module 2: An interprofessional approach to spine care (core skills 2)
  • EDISC Module 3: Communication and consultation skills (core skills 3)
  • EDISC Module 4: Assessment, diagnosis and management of spinal pain
  • EDISC Module 5: The aging patient seeking spine care
  • EDISC Module 6: Spinal deformities - Scoliosis during growth & other deformities across the life course
  • EDISC Module 7: Management and prevention of disability
For more information and preliminary programmes, please visit:

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