ONLINE Cervical and Lumbar Spine Fellowship - Degenerative Diseases

20 - 22 Jun 2022

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Level II - General radiologist

9 EACCME CME Credits

In just 3 short days, this online fellowship will cover MRI of lumbar and cervical spine degenerative diseases and provides key concepts to standardize the MRI reports. The course will provide you with an in depth description of the nomenclature and classification of degenerative discal disease, as well as a review of the concepts of vertebral osteochondrosis, spondylosis, facetary degeneration, degenerative stenosis (central, lateral recesses, foraminal), and spondylolisthesis.

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Radiologists, general practitioners, rheumatologists, traumatologists, neurologists and neurosurgeons who would like to become more confident on reporting degenerative spine MRI will find this fellowship very useful.

This online fellowship with Dr. Oleaga includes an overview of the main indications of MRI in spine degenerative disease. We will discuss MRI findings of the lumbar and cervical spine with a lecture, followed by individual case reading with subsequent group discussion. Real anonymised cases have been carefully selected by Dr. Oleaga from the TMC Academy teaching file in order to complement the lectures.

TMC Academy fellowships are held in a virtual classroom environment on Zoom. Participants are encouraged to engage in discussions making use of their camera and microphone in order to recreate the face-to-face experience.

Online sessions are recorded so that participants can review on their own time following the training.

In this small group environment among your peers, you are free to ask questions, make mistakes, and learn together with the support of the radiologist mentor.

This fellowship is organised by TMC Academy, an EACCME Trusted Provider.


"Dr. Oleaga is an excellent tutor, very patient. Coursework is structured in easy to follow manner which is suitable for all levels of expertise. I also loved the PACS system and the fact that we had access to the cases and PDF slides beforehand. I’ve learned a better approach to setting up departmental protocols and anticipating technical difficulties and solutions."
Dr. Obiora Mann Ajuluchukwu, Radiologist, United Kingdom (Fellow, Sep 2021)

"The Cervical and Lumbar Spine Fellowship was an excellent refresher with some new information that I had never paid attention to before. I would like to thank TMC Academy for running the sessions smoothly and particularly Dr. Laura Oleaga for the excellent presentations, sharing her experience with us and for her patience in answering all questions that came up during the sessions. In these 3 days, I have become more confident with cervical spine pathology and will find it more enjoyable to report C-spine."
Dr. Katerina Tsokova, Consultant Radiologist, Emerson Green Practice Plus Group Hospital, United Kingdom (Fellow, Sep 2021)

"I found the training extremely useful. I appreciated the accessibility, methodology taught by Dr. Oleaga, and the numerous images that we have been able to review. I particularly found the structured reports useful.”
Dr. Antonio Escribano, Director Radiologist, CMDI, Spain (Fellow, Sep 2021)

Learning objectives

  • Upgrade your knowledge by immersion in a learning environment without distraction of daily practice to read degenerative spine MRI
  • Become familiar and feel confident with the MRI findings in spine degenerative disease as encountered in daily practice
  • To define the differentiating imaging features of pathologic processes and to create clinically relevant structured reports

Programme will include

  • Lectures on standardized reading degenerative spine MRI studies for diagnosis with quiz cases
  • Individual case reading and interpretation on provided cases
  • Group case discussion of the selected cases
  • Plenty of time for Q&A with the radiologist mentor
  • Lifetime access to presentation slides, session recordings, and other course materials
  • Access to discussed cases prior to and after the fellowship (for 1 year)
  • Your own personal dashboard and course materials on TMCA online platform
  • Certificate of attendance


Level II - General radiologist
Radiologists, general practitioners, rheumatologists, traumatologists, neurologists and neurosurgeons with the aim of having more in-depth knowledge of the MRI findings in spine degenerative diseases will benefit most from the fellowship.

Interested in attending? If you have any questions about seats available or have doubts about whether this fellowship is right for you, feel free to send us an email and we are happy to help!

Technical requirements

The training platform runs entirely in the browser but the online PACS places a considerable load on the hardware and internet connection when viewing and loading cases.

Hardware Tablets * Minimum Recommended
Memory (RAM): 2 Gigabyte 8 Gigabyte 16 Gigabyte
Processor (CPU): Dual core 1.85 Ghz Dual core 2 Ghz Quad core 2.5 Ghz
Internet connection Minimum Recommended
Speed: 10 Mbps 25 Mbps
Software Tablets Desktop
Browser: Safari * Chrome **
  • * Tested with Safari on iPad 9.7 (2017), should also work on Android with Chrome. User interface not optimized for smaller screens. Large cases (more than 600 images) are not able to be opened on tablet or mobile devices due to memory constraints.
  • ** Firefox, Edge and Safari also work but might not provide an equally smooth experience. Internet Explorer is not supported.

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  • Laura Oleaga M.D. Ph.D.
    Barcelona, Spain

    Chief Radiologist at Hospital Clinic Barcelona section of Neuroradiology. Associate Professor of Radiology at the University of Barcelona

    Dr Oleaga has significant experience both as a radiologist and in medical education. She is the former Chair of the European Society of Radiology (ESR) education committee. Currently, she is the Scientific Director of the European Radiology Diploma (EDIR), and since 2009 Chair of the Radiology Department at University Hospital Clinic (Barcelona, Spain). Her main scientific interests lie in the fields of neuroradiology and head and neck imaging. She has authored and co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers and seven book chapters. She is also an active teacher at many prestigious universities, scientific meetings and courses. The European Board of Radiology has established the Prof. Laura Oleaga Educational Grant to honour Prof. Laura Oleaga for her well-known academic excellence and dedication to radiology education. In addition to her depth of knowledge and experience in the field, she is also a passionate speaker and teacher, eager to guide radiologists in their subspecialisation.


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Monday - June 20th 2022
13:30 - 13:45 (GMT +0200) Introduction to the online course and technical tools Introduction Laura Oleaga
13:45 - 14:45 (GMT +0200) MRI technique and artifacts Lecture Laura Oleaga
14:45 - 15:00 (GMT +0200) Break Break Laura Oleaga
15:00 - 15:30 (GMT +0200) Anatomy of the spine Lecture Laura Oleaga
15:30 - 16:15 (GMT +0200) Individual case reading
16:15 - 17:15 (GMT +0200) Reporting with the mentor & case discussion Case demo Laura Oleaga
17:15 - 17:30 (GMT +0200) Q&A time Laura Oleaga
Tuesday - June 21st 2022
13:30 - 14:30 (GMT +0200) Degenerative disc disease of the cervical spine Lecture
14:30 - 15:15 (GMT +0200) Individual case reading
15:15 - 16:15 (GMT +0200) Reporting with the mentor & case discussion Case demo Laura Oleaga
16:00 - 16:15 (GMT +0200) Break Break Laura Oleaga
16:15 - 17:15 (GMT +0200) Degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine Lecture Laura Oleaga
17:15 - 17:30 (GMT +0200) Q&A time Laura Oleaga
Wednesday - June 22nd 2022
13:30 - 14:30 (GMT +0200) MRI in the evaluation of low back pain Lecture Laura Oleaga
14:30 - 15:15 (GMT +0200) Individual case reading
15:15 - 16:15 (GMT +0200) Reporting with the mentor & case discussion Case demo Laura Oleaga
16:00 - 16:15 (GMT +0200) Break Break Laura Oleaga
16:15 - 17:15 (GMT +0200) MRI evaluation in neck pain Lecture Laura Oleaga
17:15 - 17:30 (GMT +0200) Summary and closing remarks Laura Oleaga

Cancellation Policy

What is the cancellation/refund policy?

TMC Academy offers a 7-day money back guarantee from the moment of the online fellowship purchase. 

How do I request a refund?

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