42nd Annual Shoulder Course

Arthroscopy  •  Arthroplasty  •  Fractures

June 11-14, 2025


42nd Annual Shoulder Course

Arthroscopy  •  Arthroplasty  •  Fractures

  • Arthroscopy
  • Arthroplasty
  • Fractures

June 11-14, 2024


41st Annual Shoulder Course

  • Arthroscopy
  • Arthroplasty
  • Fractures

June 13-15, 2024

2024 Endured Course
is now available!

Hotel del Coronado
1500 Orange Ave
Coronado, CA 92118
(619) 435-6611

Rooms available at the group rate will be subject to availability.

San Diego Shoulder Institute presents:

Providing a Platform for Excellence in Shoulder Surgery

San Diego Shoulder Institute is recognized for providing he undisputed best shoulder course in the world.

Types of Activities

SDSI brings together recognized experts in the field of shoulder care to offer education on best practices, current research, and technological advances. The annual course combines various educational strategies and may be comprised of:

  • Didactic lectures
  • Interactive case studies
  • Panel discussions
  • Individualized instructional course breakout sessions
  • Elective hands-on arthroscopic motor skills laboratories using cadaver specimens
  • Elective open surgical treatment of the shoulder including arthroplasty and reverse arthroplasty.
  • Distribution of an annual enduring material in online format comprised of course lectures, case studies, and panel discussions
  • Individualized instructional course breakout sessions

About Our Course

James C. Esch, founded the San Diego Shoulder Course in 1983. Having a passion to educate, mentor, and positively cultivate the standard of shoulder care, he continually pursued opportunities to advance shoulder educational offerings. Beginning with a small group of like-minded individuals meeting to discuss evidenced-based and best-practice modalities related to arthroscopy, the course expanded throughout the years to incorporate arthroplasty, fracture management, instability, sports medicine, and complex shoulder care. The course has continued to grow and is now recognized world-wide for quality and comprehensive education, being proclaimed as the best shoulder course in the world. As President and C.E.O., Dr. Esch continues to oversee the annual course to ensure fulfillment of our mission: to improve the competence, performance, and patient outcomes of shoulder care.

What Makes Us Unique?

  • We have been recognized as the undisputed best shoulder course in the world for 40 years!
  • No other course captures the depth and breadth of shoulder care as does ours
  • We bring together the leading experts in the field who present the most pressing dilemmas facing shoulder care today in a dynamic, interactive, case-based approach
  • We provide an opportunity to network with over 400 peers from across the globe
  • We offer customized on-demand break-out sessions lead by the key thought practitioners known today
  • We offer surgical demonstration videos with commentaries by the best surgeons in the world


“Absolutely the best course I have ever attended!”

“Stimulating and thought-provoking”

“Not only is this the best shoulder course in the world; this is the best sub-specialty course in the world, bar none!”

“The best part of this course is hearing the experts discuss how they manage complex cases in panel discussions.”

“Wonderful contribution to my and others education”

“Your course is a service to the world”

“Strong work/ Great legacy!”

“Great course! The best!”

“Excellent course. Would like to attend every year!”

“Speakers were outstanding and varied international approaches were very stimulating.”

“Excellent course – very relevant and presented in a nicely organized fashion.”

Scheduled Activities

Lecture Series

Our leading faculty present cutting edge topics, followed by panel discussions and question and answer periods.

Cadaveric Laboratories

Individualized, hands-on learning experience based on identified learning goals through instruction in a mock surgical environment.

Breakout Sessions

Held in small–group settings, these customized sessions are specifically designed to allow participants to achieve individualized learning goals.