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SIGN Fracture Care: Hands-On Cadaveric Course

September 19-20, 2016

Seattle Science Foundation
550 17th Avenue, James Tower, Suite 600
Seattle, WA 98122

The Pre-SIGN Conference Symposium aims to provide education and surgical training to surgeons from underserved areas that will help them effectively and safely treat trauma related injuries, both orthopaedic and neurosurgical, in the developing world.  This unique and novel course is led by local surgeons with the goal of providing hands-on education to 22 international surgeons from underserved areas. The design is to focus on surgical techniques and resource utilization in the developing world with the hope of reducing the significant effects of traumatic injury worldwide.


Needs Statement

Traumatic injury is a global problem causing approximately 9% of deaths worldwide. In the developing world, these injuries poses a significant threat and account for 90% of the global percentage. Estimates suggest that by the year 2020, 8.4 million people will die from injury, with road traffic accidents being the second most common cause of disability in the developing world.   While the burden of these injuries is not well known due to limited studies, the catastrophic result is in part related to limitation in medical care including surgical training and supplies. There exists overwhelming need with regards to surgical training, as well resources and supplies.


  • Illustrate the basics of facture treatment.
  • Practice surgical approaches and techniques in fracture care.
  • Review the keys of spine trauma injury assessment.
  • Identify the appropriate treatment for various spinal traumas.
  • Indicate the essentials for diagnosing and treating traumatic brain injuries.
  • Employ practical tips for treating traumatic brain injuries.


The Seattle Science Foundation is located at 550 17th Avenue, James Tower, Suite 600 in Seattle, Washington. Parking is available in the garage on 16th Avenue between Cherry and Jefferson at a maximum fee of $16.50.  From I-5 (northbound and southbound), take the James Street exit.  Travel east on James Street.  James will become Cherry Street.  Turn right (south) on 16th Avenue.  Turn right into the main garage entrance.

For Further Information

Phone:      (206) 732-6500
Fax:           (206) 732-6599


Earlier Event: September 15
AO N. America Spine Fellows Course
Later Event: September 21
Spine Conference