Consumers are influenced
less by individual physicans and traditional marketing approaches and
are turning to national organizations and their healthcare providers
for information about spinecare and products which can be used to improve
the health of the spine. The American Academy of Spine Physicians (AASP),
and the International Spine Association (ISA) like the American Heart
Association (AHA), and the American Diabetes Association (ADA), are
in a position of influence and, therefore, assume the responsibility
to educate the public and members of the healthcare profession about
spinecare related topics. The AASP and the ISA have unified their efforts
to improve spinecare.
The ISA is committed to educating patients,
physicians and the public about the spine, spinecare and the role of
spine specialists. To accomplish this the ISA brought together a team
of graphic artists, computer programmers, medical writers, corporate
contributors, and physician consultants to develop and integrate
one of the largest multimedia databases of â€œneed-to-knowâ€? information
about the spine and spinecare. This is referred to as the online Public
Information Center (PIC). The American Academy of Spine Physicians is
one of the primary contributors of information to the PIC. Through
this collaborative effort the AASP and the ISA are able to streamline
the delivery of â€œevidence-basedâ€? information to healthcare professionals,
professional organizations, medical facilites and the public.
This process will favor the integration and networking of professionals.
By working together the AASP and the ISA can deliver information in
a consistent and correlative fashion to professionals and the public.
Physicians have a responsibility to inform
their patients about their spine disorder and reasonable treatment options.
Healthcare professionals are encouraged to use "Spinecare Information"
Rx/Pads to direct their patients to an online Public Information Center
(PIC) to access "need-to-know" information about the spine,
spine disorders, diagnostic procedures and available spinecare. This
will have a positive influence on individual healthcare practices, hospital
based programs, centers of excellence, and ultimately public health.
The unique international
alliance between the AASP and the ISA increases public exposure to AASP
members who are committed to conservative and cooperative spinecare.
This is accomplished in part through profiled listings on the International
Directory of Spine Specialists and the National Directory of Spine Physicians.
The directory listings prioritize spine specialists who have achieved
advanced credentialing through the Academy such as Diplomate status
(DAASP) or prestigious Fellow status with the American College of Spine
Physicians (FACSP). AASP members will have direct and timely access
to educational materials developed by the AASP and the ISA. AASP members
can place an active plugin (link) on their practice website which will
drive the public and patients to the ISA and the online Public Information
Center (PIC). This seamless link adds depth of information to spine
specialistsâ€™ practice websites and thus helps integrate the spinecare
The AASP and the ISA are committed to
facilitating global and community spine health by
bringing people and resources together across institutional, geographical
and cultural boundaries.
Inform a Colleague
Expand and Educate Your Spinecare Network
Welcome to the Inform a Colleague area of the Academy Website. The American Academy of Spine Physicians (AASP) strives to implement new and more efficient methods for members to communicate with other healthcare professionals. One of the most effective tools is the online "Inform a Colleague" function. This function can be used to expand and educate your spinecare referral network. It also represents a resource to conveniently inform others about trends in spinecare and about offers of organizations such as the American Academy of Spine Physicians (AASP), the International Spine Association (ISA). The link library also contains an application for membership with the AASP.
The online "Inform a Colleague" feature provides an invaluable time-saving service for keeping spinecare professionalsup-to-date, expanding the spinecare network, stimulating interdisciplinary referrals and for inviting colleagues to join the AASP. The library of links is always being updated with useful information and resources. The linked messages can be used to
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Join / Renew
This level of membership is for physicians (MD, DC, DO) whose practice/interest includes patients with spinal disorders. ($295)
This level of membership is for allied healthcare professionals involved in spinecare and/or spine research. This includes physical therapists, massage therapists, exercise physiologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician's assistants, diagnostic technicians, surgical technicians, exercise instructors, personal trainers and individuals who hold a PhD and work in the field of spinecare. ($150)
This level of membership is for residents, fellows and students who have an interest in spinecare. ($35)
Membership will automatically renew each calendar year starting from the date of membership renewal or membership acceptance unless the AASP is specifically notified in writing by the member at least 30 days prior to their renewal date. Please address all correspondence to the AASP Office of Member Services.
Review the accuracy of your contact information and practice profile information including your email address. To update your profile online go to www.spinephysicians.org and login using your unique member ID and PIN as noted below.
Please notify the AASP if you no longer meet membership criteria.
This includes maintaining an active license to practice.