New Paradigm in Medical Education - Benefits Spine Patients and Spine Specialists Alike

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SpineUniverse works to bridge the gap between when doctors learn of the latest developments and when that knowledge trickles down to patients.

Constant medical advances strain the ability of doctors to keep up -- and cause patients to wonder if they are receiving the most current treatments. However, in the field of spinal disorders, SpineUniverse, LLC is addressing that problem -- to the benefit of spine patients and spine specialists worldwide. Traditionally, there has been a gap between when doctors learn of the latest developments and when that knowledge trickles down to patients. Now, SpineUniverse is changing this paradigm in the spine field.

Benefits Spine Patients:
At a recent SpineUniverse-run meeting, leading spine surgeons gathered to discuss the latest advances in spinal disorder treatment. However, unlike at other spine meetings, the program included a component designed to connect patients to the latest information on treatments. SpineUniverse worked with the surgeons to create 60 videos that update patients on advances and answer common spine questions. Soon, these videos will be available at With the click of a mouse, spine patients worldwide will be able to learn from the best spine specialists. They'll get the latest information on spinal disorders and treatments in understandable "patient language."

Dr. Richard Fessler, a neurosurgeon at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, commented: "I'm committed to providing excellent patient education materials. But few of us have the time needed to focus on this issue. Because of SpineUniverse, I have been able to…make several patient education videos that I trust will help patients worldwide."

Benefits Spine Specialists:
SpineUniverse records sessions from the top spine meetings and has started making them available on its website. Before, if a medical professional was unable to attend a meeting, he or she missed out on the information. Now, through SpineUniverse's online courses, more spine specialists are gaining access to first-rate educational materials, without needing to leave town. A recent course on pediatric spine surgery was attended by fewer than 100 surgeons -- but was viewed by more than 1,000 online afterwards.

"We have exciting plans for developing more patient and professional educational materials," comments Bill Paquin, CEO of SpineUniverse. "We're pleased to be at the forefront of providing spine education for specialists and patients, both online and offline."

For more details on how SpineUniverse is bridging the gap between patients and doctors, go to

About SpineUniverse:
The goal of SpineUniverse is to help patients and their families understand their back or neck problems. In clear, straightforward language, their website -- the most visited back site on the web -- explains what causes spinal problems and how they can be treated. SpineUniverse is committed to ensuring that all of the information presented is trustworthy and of the highest quality. To achieve that, SpineUniverse relies on an exceptional Editorial Board, which is a "Who's Who" of the world's leading spine experts.

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