Course Description

Program Chairmen

Felix “Buddy” Savoie, M.D., SDSI Board Member

James C. Esch, M.D., SDSI Board Member

Jon “J.P.” Warner, M.D., Co-Chair, SDSI Board Member

San Diego Shoulder Institute:

Providing a Platform for Excellence in Shoulder Education for 35 Years 


World recognized leaders in the field presenting case-based lectures and discussions focusing on key practice gaps impacting shoulder care:

  • Assimilate the evidence and hear practical implementation strategies from the leading experts in the field
  • Dynamic panel discussions with opportunities for audience interaction
  • Expanded opportunities to work in tandem with our expert faculty to perfect your surgical skills
  • Expanded technical focus demonstrations detailing specific tips to perform challenging procedures
  • An opportunity to practice and hone surgical skills utilizing realistic shoulder models
  • Elective options to further enhance your surgical skills via cadaveric laboratories in a mock surgical environment

Individualized break-out sessions:

You choose your area of interest from the major topics facing shoulder care today.

Getting the Humerus Right in Anatomic TSA

Essential Interdisciplinary Tips on Patient Evaluation

Focus Demonstrations:

  • Latarjet Technique: Tips on Getting the Latarjet Right and Avoiding complications
  • SCR Done Right
  • Lower Trapezius and Latissimus Transfers

Mini-Executive Fellowship:  Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair

Alternative Approaches to Proximal Humerus Fractures

Strategies to Prevent, Diagnose, and Treat Throwing Shoulder Injuries

Tips for Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty

Course Highlights

The purpose of this course is to provide strategies to equip physicians to provide the highest level of analytical, diagnostic, and treatment practice modalities specific to shoulder arthroscopy, arthroplasty, fracture management, and complex shoulder etiologies. Bringing together expert faculty, course content focuses on known best practice, latest technological advances, and evidence based research related to shoulder care.  Physicians will benefit directly from the following formats of educational interaction:

Lecture Sessions: 

  • We have brought together the “best of the best” in the shoulder industry. You won’t want to miss our comprehensive and dynamic lecture format
  • Select a track of your interest to begin the session: Attend either arthroscopy or arthroplasty laboratory opening lectures
  • The evolving role of pre-and intra-operative set up and planning
  • Specific technique tips
  • Focus demonstrations

Course lectures address key topics facing the shoulder practitioner today:

  • Arthroplasty
  • Arthroscopy
  • Glenoid Deformity
  • Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Treatment of the Subscapularis
  • Instability
  • Trauma
  • Fracture Management
  • Optimization of Data to Improve Care
  • Evaluate specific “how to” approaches and technical pearls
  • Discover how the experts handle complex problems and prevent complications
  • Integrate evidence-based approaches into optimum clinical decision-making strategies

All laboratories and workshops provide individualized instruction in a mock surgical environment. Participants customize the hands-on learning experience based on identified learning goals. Personalized sessions provide immediate critique and recommendations for technical improvement from our expert faculty.

Arthroscopy Skills Session
SDSI’s President states he cannot stress the importance of practice in a “clean” surgical environment enough as an effective means to improve skill. Watch our experts demonstrate specific procedures, then break out into separate sessions to practice with expert faculty.

Cadaver Arthroscopy Surgical Laboratory
This session allows participants to actively perform the arthroscopy techniques of cuff repair, Instability, and Biceps Repair. Expert faculty will guide students in essential arthroscopic diagnostic and operative techniques.  Receive expert recommendations and practice on a cadaveric specimen. Sessions are customized based on individualized learning goals and current skill level.

Cadaver Total Shoulder Small-Group Laboratory 
This dynamic lab features world-recognized experts in total shoulder replacement/reverse total shoulder. A brief lecture covering technique essentials is followed by individualized instruction. Instruction is customized based on the learner’s skill level and identified educational goals.

Exclusive Personalized Instructional Cadaver Lab 
Don’t miss this educational chance of a lifetime! Receive one-on-one instruction from one of our expert faculty. You select the instructor and the procedure! Space is extremely limited. Register now!

Mini-Executive Fellowship:  Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair 
This session is designed to teach the steps of arthroscopic rotator cuff repair using life-like models and a portable arthroscopic camera. Participants will have the opportunity to perform a complete rotator cuff repair following step-by-step demonstration by the instructor. Anchor insertion and knot tying will complete the session. Each student will receive supplemental instructional material prior to the course.  Course requirements: You must bring a current laptop to the session.

Break-Out Sessions

These customized sessions are specifically designed to allow participants to achieve individualized learning goals.  Held in small-group settings, our expert faculty lead discussions and present specific information regarding high-end practice, tips and pearls to improve practice and prevent complications, and strategies to handle difficult cases. The sessions are dynamic and interactive.

Getting the Humerus Right in Anatomic TSA: Start your anatomic TSA off right!
Get surgical tips and tricks for the humeral component. When should you go stemless? Does convertibility matter?

Essential Interdisciplinary Tips on Patient Evaluation
Featuring a “live” patient examination. How astute are your diagnostic skills? Take our challenge by participating in this dynamic session. This interprofessional session encompasses critical factors in comprehensive patient care from the healthcare team perspective. Physicians, Therapists, and others will lead you through key steps in patient history, examination, therapy interventions, imaging, and surgical planning for two “mystery” patients.

Strategies to Prevent, Diagnose, and Treat Throwing Shoulder Injuries
Learn strategies to assess and manage the throwing athlete, identify factors that lead to injury, and how to implement use of an innovative assessment tool. Join team expert physicians Heinz Hoenecke and Catherine Robertson, M.D., Chuck Thigppen, PhD, P.T., Research Scientist and Physical Therapist for the Colorado Rockies and Kansas City Royals, and other therapists, trainers, and athletes. This session includes a tour of the Padre training room, a didactic session in the Padres Clubhouse, and an interactive informative on the field demonstration of throwing mechanics.

Alternative Approaches to Proximal Humerus Fractures
Successful treatment and reconstruction of proximal humerus fractures present a challenge and technical expertise that few surgeons have the opportunity to develop. Our faculty will provide essential strategies to accurately assess, develop a plan of care, and implement technical interventions to positively affect patient outcome.

Tips for Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty
Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty is growing in impact and use. How comfortable are you with this procedure and indications? Join our experts as they share insights on selection, implementation, tensioning, and tips to prevent the most frequent complications.

Focus Demonstrations

These sessions provide detailed explanation of technique performance followed by a specific cadaveric demonstration.

Latarjet Technique
Tips on Getting the Latarjet Right and Avoiding complications:This dynamic discussion lead by leaders in the field reviews specific tips for selecting the Latarjet technique. The session moves on to demonstrate how to perform this demanding procedure, how to avoid complications, and how to safely navigate around the potentially perilous anatomy that surrounds the Latarjet “envelope.”This session will include a closed and open Latarjet technique demonstration performed by Pascal Boileau, M.D., and Gilles Walch, M.D., with T. Bradley Edwards, M.D. as commentator.

SCR Done Right
Considerations for SCR. Hear specific considerations for patient selection, treatment approaches, and prevention of complications. Witness a specific SCR demonstration by Dr. Stephen Burkhart, a leading pioneer in the field.

Lower Trapezius and Latissimus Transfers
Management of massive irreparable posterior-superior rotator cuff tears is extremely challenging, especially in patients who are not candidates for RTSR. Watch our experts perform cadaveric demonstrations on two of the options to reconstruct a massive irreparable posterior-superior rotator cuff tear: arthroscopic assisted lower trapezius and latissimus transfers. You will learn specific tips and technical pearls to assist you in performing these challenging surgical techniques to restore patient function and relieve pain.

Luncheon Workshop Series
Presented by expert physicians in the field! No Charge! Held Thursday and Friday, attendees will review current technological advances and surgical techniques in shoulder arthroplasty, arthroscopy, and special topics. Presented by the experts in the field.  Register now!


Lecture Objectives:
Upon completion of this CME activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify strategies to improve practice and outcomes of shoulder arthroplasty, arthroscopy, reverse total shoulder prosthesis, shoulder fractures, and sports medicine.
  • Identify opportunities to implement evidenced-based techniques into current practice.
  • Identify options for the treatment of complex shoulder disorders.
  • Identify strategies for improved surgical techniques and use of appropriate technology in the treatment of shoulder disorders.
  • Identify approaches to improve assessment and management of shoulder disorders in the clinical setting
  • Identify approaches to enhance the clinical diagnosis of shoulder disorders
  • Identify strategies to implement into the practice setting for immediate practice improvement and long-term patient outcome progression

Laboratory/Workshop Objectives:

Upon completion of this CME activity, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss specific steps to perform a complete procedure as covered in the session.
  • State-specific strategies that will be implemented in the practice setting as a result of session participation to improve practice and/or patient outcomes.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Medical Association (AMA) standards. San Diego Shoulder Institute is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. San Diego Shoulder Institute takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this CME activity.

San Diego Shoulder Institute designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 35 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME credits

CME credits for this course are calculated as follows:

 21 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™


Arthroscopy Skills Practicum
Lectures: 2.5  AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™
Practice Session: 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™

Cadaver Arthroscopic Surgical Lab
3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™

Mini-Executive Fellowship: Rotator Cuff Repair:
2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™

Total Shoulder Replacement/Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement Cadaver Lab 
Lecture: 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™
Lab: 2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™

Exclusive Personalized Instructional Cadaver Laboratory
3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™ per session

Total Shoulder and Fracture Fixation Workshop
2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™

Special Break-Out Sessions

2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™ per session

  • Getting the Humerus Right in Anatomic TSA
  • Focus Demonstrations:
    • Latarjet Technique
    • Lower Trapezius and Latissimus Transfers
  • Alternative Approaches to Proximal Humerus Fractures
  • Tips for Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty

2.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™ per session

  • Essential Interdisciplinary Tips on Patient Evaluation
  • Focus Demonstration:  SCR Done Right

4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™

  • American Shoulder and Elbow Society Fellow Paper Presentations
  • Strategies to Prevent, Diagnose, and Treat Throwing Shoulder Injuries

San Diego Shoulder Institute is an approved International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Su Surgery, and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS) Teaching Center. Please notify our registration staff if you are interested in completing an ISAKOS evaluation form or obtaining ISAKOS certification for this course.