Course Description

Program Chairmen

James C. Esch, M.D., SDSI President and C.E.O

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

San Diego Shoulder Institute:

Providing a Platform for Excellence in Shoulder Education for 34 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.

  • Choosing the Right Humeral Stem: Does Length or Convertibility Matter?
  • Controversies in Instability
  • Essential Steps to Determine Primary Pathology: Test Your Expertise!
  • Evaluation and Treatment of the Throwing Shoulder
  • Focus Demonstrations:
    • Latarjet Technique
    • Massive Cuff Tear Options and SCR Demonstration
    • Joint Preservation for Massive Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Mini-Executive Fellowship: Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Patient Specific Instrumentation and Planning
  • Proximal Humerus Fractures
  • 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 Practicum: New and Revamped! 
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 two 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.

Shoulder Arthroplasty and Fracture Fixation Workshop
This session demonstrates current techniques to treat shoulder arthritis and trauma. Participants are exposed to multiple equipment options to practice arthroplasty and fracture fixation techniques. No pre-registration required. You won’t want to miss this 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.

Choosing the Right Humeral Stem: Does Length or Convertibility Matter?
There is increasing controversy about stem size and impact to patient outcomes. Our experts discuss current data results with long-stem, short stem, stemless, and SCR options.

Controversies in Instability
Management of shoulder instability includes a broad spectrum of pathologies and treatment options. Surgeons report varied outcomes based on a variety of open, arthroscopic, and rehabilitative techniques. Ascertain best treatment options from our experts.

Essential Steps to Determine Primary Pathology: Test Your Expertise!
Featuring a “live” patient examination. How astute are your diagnostic skills? Take our challenge by participating in this dynamic session. This inter-professional session encompasses critical factors in comprehensive patient care from the healthcare team perspective. Physicians, Therapists, and Radiologists will lead you through key steps in patient history, examination, therapy interventions, imaging, and surgical planning for two “mystery” patients.

Evaluation and Treatment of the Throwing Shoulder
This session provides an opportunity to experience the impact of throwing shoulder etiologies in a format that is seldom offered. We bring together expert team physicians, professional trainers, and pitching staff who can directly relate patho-mechanics of the throwing shoulder to the clinical situation in real-time analysis. Visit PETCO Park Baseball Field! Join team physicians and staff for a didactic and on the field demonstration on prevention, evaluation and treatment of shoulder throwing injuries.

Joint Preservation for Massive Rotator Cuff Tears
Treatment options for rotator cuff tears are diverse. This dynamic discussion covers the current controversies challenging surgeons today.  Hear our experts review pros and cons of treatment strategies, with an emphasis on joint preservation. The session will include arthroscopic repair, open tendon transfer, arthroscopic tendon Patch Grafting, and Superior Capsular Reconstruction. Hear expert opinion and determine best practice for your patient population.

Patient Specific Instrumentation and Planning
Use of 2D images presents challenges of finding the optimal location and orientation, and patient structural challenges. Current expansion of 3D imaging suggests accuracy of reproducing a surgical plan and improved outcomes. This session addresses how to optimize surgical time, techniques to manage surgically challenging steps, indications for pre-operative planning, and implementation of the 3D guide.

Proximal Humerus Fractures: 
Successful treatment and reconstruction of proximal humerus fractures presents 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: Arthroscopy vs. Open
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 with expert commentary.

Massive Cuff Tear Options and SCR Demonstration
Considerations for massive cuff tear options and 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.

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 early!


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, and shoulder fractures.
  • 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 33.5 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:

Lectures19.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™


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

Cadaver Arthroscopic Surgical Lab
3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™

Mini-Executive Fellowship
Rotator Cuff Repair: 2 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
2 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 segment

  • Choosing the Right Humeral Stem: Does Length or Convertibility Matter?
  • Controversies in Instability
  • Essential Steps to Determine Primary Pathology: Test Your Expertise!
  • Focus Demonstrations:

    • Latarjet Technique
    • Massive Cuff Tear Options and SCR Demonstration
  • Proximal Humerus Fractures
  • Patient Specific Instrumentation and Planning
  • Joint Preservation for Massive Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Tips for Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty

3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™ per segment

  • American Shoulder and Elbow Society Fellow Paper Presentations

4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™

  • Evaluation and Treatment of the Throwing Shoulder

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.