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The Mandate

The mandate of the task force is to develop a curriculum for a diploma in interprofessional spine care in order to allow:

  • mobility of healthcare professionals and patients
  • EU directive on mutual recognition of diplomas
  • harmonised standards of care

The task force will initially focus on developing a basic diploma which will be open to health care professionals with a strong interest in spine care (MDs, physical therapists, chiropractors, osteopaths and allied health professionals).

The education programme was developed based on the guiding principles of evidence-based, patient-centred, interprofessional, integrated and collaborative care.
  • Pierre Côté Co-Chair
    University degree(s):DC PhD Specialisation:Degenerative:Cervical, Degenerative:Thoraco-lumbar, Trauma:Cervical, Trauma:Thoraco-lumbar Institute, Department:Associate ProfessorFaculty of Health SciencesUOIT
  • Margareta Nordin Co-Chair
    University degree(s):Prof. Dr. Med. Sci. Specialisation:Degenerative:Cervical, Degenerative:Thoraco-lumbar, Degenerative:Sacral
  • Richard Brown Member
    University degree(s):DC Institute, Department:Secretary GeneralWorld Federation of Chiropractic
  • Anette Ranhoff Member
    University degree(s):MD PhD Specialisation:Degenerative:Cervical, Degenerative:Thoraco-lumbar, Degenerative:Sacral, Deformity:Adult Institute, Department:Diakonhjemmet Hospital / University of Bergen / Department of Clinical Science
  • Lisa Roberts Member
    University degree(s):PhD Institute, Department:University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust / University of Southampton / Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton
  • Erik Werner Member
    University degree(s):MD PhD Specialisation:Degenerative:Thoraco-lumbar Institute, Department:University of Oslo / Dep of General Practice
  • Fabio Zaina Member
    University degree(s):MD Institute, Department:ISICO - Italian Scientific Spine Institute20141
  • Alberto Zerbi Member
    University degree(s):MD Specialisation:Degenerative:Cervical, Degenerative:Thoraco-lumbar, Degenerative:Sacral, Tumor:Cervical, Tumor:Thoraco-lumbar, Tumor:Sacral, Trauma:Cervical, Trauma:Thoraco-lumbar, Trauma:Sacral, Deformity:Pediatric, Deformity:Adult, Metabolic, Genetic, Intradural, Infection
  • Emre Acaroglu Advisor
    University degree(s):MD Specialisation:Degenerative:Cervical, Degenerative:Thoraco-lumbar, Degenerative:Sacral, Tumor:Thoraco-lumbar, Tumor:Sacral, Trauma:Cervical, Trauma:Thoraco-lumbar, Trauma:Sacral, Deformity:Pediatric, Deformity:Adult, Metabolic, Genetic, Infection Institute, Department:Ankara Spine Center
  • Jamiu Busari Advisor
    University degree(s):MD PhD Specialisation:Deformity:Pediatric
  • Christine Cedraschi Advisor
    University degree(s):PhD Specialisation:Degenerative:Thoraco-lumbar Institute, Department:Multidisciplinary Pain CenterDivision of Clinical Pharmacology and ToxicologyUniversity Hospitals
  • Louis-Rachid Salmi Advisor
    University degree(s):MD PhD Institute, Department:Univ. Bordeaux, ISPED, Centre INSERM U1219 Bordeaux Population Health
  • Eva Skillgate Advisor
    University degree(s):PhD Specialisation:Degenerative:Cervical, Degenerative:Thoraco-lumbar, Degenerative:Sacral, Trauma:Cervical, Trauma:Thoraco-lumbar, Trauma:Sacral Institute, Department:Karolinska Institutet / Institute of Environmental Medicine /
  • Steven Vogel Advisor
    Institute, Department:University College of Osteopathy / Research centre
  • Stéphane Genevay EduCom Liaison
    University degree(s):MD Specialisation:Degenerative:Thoraco-lumbar Institute, Department:Division of RheumatologyUniversity Hospitals of Geneva
  • Olivier Lanlo Observer
    University degree(s):DC Institute, Department:IFEC
  • Julie-Lyn Noël Staff contact
  • Sandy Sutter Staff contact


The education programme will address important new development regarding the management of spinal disorders. Specifically, it will address issues related to the biomedical versus biopsychosocial model; how to best integrate new evidence into practice; how to gather clinical evidence; how to overcome barriers to interprofessional care.

EUROSPINE Diploma in Interprofessional Spine Care (EDISC)

The education programme developed by the task force will benefit the spine care professional, the health care system and more importantly the patient. The expected outcomes of the diploma programme include a motivation from participants to change their practice and implement evidence-based, patient centred and collaborative care.

More information about the EDISC course will be available in the course of November 2018.

Two pilot modules are planned to take place in 2019 during the Education Week in Geneva, Switzerland.

Preliminary programmes and information about registrations for these modules will be made available on the website mid-November 2018.

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