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History of the AASP

In early 1995 a group of healthcare professionals in Chicago recognized the value of establishing an interdisciplinary forum to help improve the continuity and quality of spinecare. They founded an organization originally known as the Chicago Spine Society.  
The organization began with an informal series of monthly meetings focused around case discussions with sharing of clinical experiences and perspectives. As a result of these regular meetings, common goals emerged, and objectives for the Chicago Spine Society were established. The Society members recognized that each of the physicians had many things to offer one another in the course of cooperative patient management.  
As word spread, doctors became very interested and contacted the group from various areas. It became evident that the Chicago Spine Society could no longer remain as a regional organization. In late 1995 it became a national association, the American Association of Spine Physicians. It evolved into an organization with members in nearly every state as well as members from other countries. On November 5-6, 1995 the AASP hosted their inaugural international symposium. This landmark symposium featured as the honored guest Dr. Manohar Panjabi, preeminent authority on spinal biomechanics, professor at Yale University, and author of the text Clinical Biomechanics of the Spine. The symposium also featured the AASP faculty, who discussed the role of cooperative care, diagnostic methods, and therapeutic options relating to patients with disorders of the cervical and lumbar spine.  
The American Academy of Spine Physicians (formerly the American Association of Spine Physicians) has a multidisciplinary Academy Council that is comprised of doctors bringing together over 200 years of collective experience in the care of patients with spinal disorders. The objectives of the AASP include providing a multidisciplinary platform for continuing education. This unparalleled forum helps promote a cooperative approach. Continuing education emphasizes the benefits of cooperative management, as well as of diagnostic methods, spine anatomy, biomechanics, spine neuroscience, treatments and sports medicine-related topics.  
Early in 2003 the AASP designed and implemented an unprecedented interactive and interdisciplinary website capable of reaching physicians worldwide. The website contained a broad spectrum of member services and scientific publications. The site provides valuable information for healthcare professionals, patients, the media and the public. The AASP worked closely with the Marine Military Academy in the development of an onsite World Class Human Performance Lab (HPL). Consultants from the AASP recently assisted the Marine Military Academy to help develop and expand neuromuscular testing capabilities within the Lab.  
In 2003, the AASP launched a unique online continuing education progam for physicans. Over 30 courses were implemented with online tests and sophisticated automated grading and recording systems. At the time it represented one of the most unique self-study programs of its kind. It leads the way for other professional organizations. During 2003, shortly after launching the education programs, the AASP unveiled credentialing progam offering physicians of various dispclines the opportunity to achieve Diplomate status with the American Academy of Spine Physicians (DAASP) and Fellow status with the American College of Spine Physicians. The AASP developed numerous high tech methods of communicating with members. For example, in 2004 AASP programmers developed a "futuristic" electronic book (eBook) designed to inform members and potential members about the AASP. The pages were interactive and linked to key areas of the AASP website.  
During 2005 the AASP designed and implemented an online nationwide "matchmaking service" to help facilitate the development of multidisciplinary spinecare referral networks. This combined with the ongoing development of member benefits and services lead to unprecedented growth of the organization during 2005.

The AASP expanded its membership categories in 2007 to include other physican members of the spinecare team such as radiologists, neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, pain management specialists, and rehabilitation specialists. During 2007, the AASP also launched one of the most aggressive national spinecare awareness campaigns ever attempted by any single group or organization. Multiple strategic initiatives were implemented to help educate patients, physicians and the public about the spine, spinecare and the role of spine specialists. The AASP brought together a team of graphic artists, computer programmers, medical writers and physician consultants to initiate the development of one of the largest multimedia databases of "need-to-know" information about the spine and spinecare. The multimedia database of information will represent one of the most comprehensive "need-to-know" databases on the spine and spinecare for the public.  
During fall of 2007 and spring of 2008 the AASP pioneered a Practice Development Initiative for members. The AASP developed a variety of initiatives including an online PowerPoint slide library and online brochure library. More than 60 brochures were developed and implemented online. Qualified members are entitled to access and download the resources at no cost. The professional appearance of the brochures, their content and the unifying branding effect helped to facilitate an integrated approach to spinecare.  
The AASP influence continued to grow. In 2008, the AASP was invited to help develop the infrastructure and informational databases for the International Spine Association (ISA). The ISA is a not-for-profit organization comprised of International Divisions representing countries on six continents. The primary mission of the ISA is to improve the quality of spinecare throughout the world through education. The ISA is committed to disseminating need-to-know information to the public through the World Wide Web in numerous languages, covering many topics related to the spine. The ISA also provides information about spine organizations and an International Directory of Spinecare Products. The relationship between the AASP and the ISA represents one of the strongest and most influential of its kind. Working together, both organizations collectively reach all members of the spinecare field and subsequently are positioned to "shape the future of spinecare" in the United States and abroad. The AASP also co-developed a Career Enhancement Program for members. This included access to resources for finding employment and navigating career transitions.  
Participation with the AASP was not limited to individual members but was expanded in 2008 to include the assistance of companies which serve the spinecare field. The AASP developed a variety of corporate opportunities which were introduced during the spring of 2008. These programs include participation in the AASP Buying Advantage Program and/or becoming an Educational Sponsor or Partner. This development allows for companies and physicans to work together to improve the delivery of spinecare.

In 2009 the AASP expanded its membership to include all members of the spinecare team. Non-physicans are provided with the opportunity to join the Academy as Affiliate members. This important step was taken to facilitate the integration of multidisciplinary spinecare for the benefit of the public. In 2009 the AASP also worked with the International Spine Association to develop the International Directory of Spine Specialists. This represents a highly visible directory available to all qualified healthcare professionals who care for patients with spine disorders.  

The directory offers user friendly search function and displays full page professional profiles to serve those looking for a specialist. The International Directory also houses a subdirectory of multidisciplinary spinecare facilites to assist those looking for integrated spinecare. Members of the directories as well as other healthcare professionals are encouraged to use prescription pads which are made available to direct their patients to the online Public Information Center (PIC) managed by the ISA. Reciprocal online links were placed on the AASP website, the ISA website and on various spine specialty directories to integrate the information process for the public.  

At the beginning of 2010 the American Academy of Spine Physicians decided to offer credentialing to non-physician healthcare professionals who are members. This commitment was made to advance the quality of spinecare, to help integrate spinecare, and to enhance the role of all members of the spinecare team. A division referred to as the American College of Spine Specialists was added to the Academy to confer credentialing and to maintain records. AASP non-physician members of the spinecare team (Affiliate Members) can participate in continuing education courses. They can acquire credits which can be applied towards Diplomate status with the American College of Spine Specialists (DACSS) and Fellow status with the American College of Spine Specialists (FACSS).  

At the beginning of 2010 the AASP launched a new and improved website for its members. The website offers new services, easier navigation as well as social and professional networking resources for members.    
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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AASP Mission - 995
Academy Council - 996
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Position Statements - 999
Benefits of Cooperative Spinecare - 1001
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Public FAQs - 12597
Credentialing FAQs - 12599
Spinecare Facts - 12604
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Spinecare Data Science Committee - 13995

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eNewsletter Signup - 1004
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Steps to Marketing Success - 1009

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Inform A Colleague - 14012

AASP Members - 112
Member Login - 583
Reasons to Join/Renew - 584

Directory Access - 113
International Directory of Spinecare Professionals - 588
International Directory of Spinecare Facilities - 589
International Directory of Spinecare Products - 590

AASP News - 115
AASP News - 598
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Spinecare Data Science Committee - 13996

Corporate Opportunites - 116
Overview - 603
Directory of Spinecare Products - 607
Product Endorsement - 608
Corporate Opportunities - 609
Contact Us - 610
Good Choices Program - 12613

Physicians - 122
Continuing Education and Credentialing - 1183
International Spine Association - 1186

Student / Resident - 123
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International Spine Association - 1192

Public - 126

Website Links - 276
American Academy of Spine Physicians - 1278
International Spine Association - 1279
International Directory of Spinecare Professionals - 1280
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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)

Affiliate Member:
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)

Candidate Member:
This level of membership is for residents, fellows and students who have an interest in spinecare. ($35)

Membership Renewal

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.


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