Small Group

Roundtable Didactics

Course Description

American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) Recognizes the Educational Content of this Program.

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The Northern California Shoulder & Elbow Course

From Generalist to Specialist

  The Northern California Shoulder and Elbow Course (NCSEC) was developed by orthopedic surgeons to provide current, effective, and practical learning opportunities. Our driving goal is to bridge the gap between academic sub-specialist concepts and the everyday clinical dilemmas that face the frontline orthopedist.


  As an alternative to the standard course format, participants will discuss and debate directly with faculty and make connections to form a career-long network.  

 Attendees leave the course armed with the latest in shoulder and elbow knowledge and skills to advance their personal practice, enhance patient care and improve outcomes.

  The course is open to all orthopedic surgeons, fellows and senior residents (PGY 4-5) with an interest in shoulder and elbow surgery.

  This year, the NCSEC will be highlighting emerging concepts, controversies, and technologies in shoulder and elbow surgery. We will be discussing how these advances fit into the modern paradigm shift to minimally invasive techniques, ortho-biologic treatments, and practice management in a post-COVID-19 world. 


 We are fortunate to have gathered an outstanding expert faculty who have helped develop and refine some of these innovations.


  Attendees will not only have the opportunity to discuss these concepts and controversies directly with faculty but also learn from their “Re-Live” techniques demonstrations, listen to them debate how these are indicated in modern practice, and experience hands-on workshops with emerging technologies. 

2021 Highlight:

Emerging Concepts, Controversies and Technologies 


CME Credits  

Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and the Orthopedic Shoulder and Elbow Foundation. The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education to physicians.

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This year, we are proud to offer a limited number of scholarships covering full course tuition for current fellows and senior residents (PGY 4-5). Applicants should send their CV to to be considered.

Application deadline: October 1, 2021

Scholarship Opportunities


What to Expect 

Small-Group Roundtable Didactics

Not your typical seminar lectures. Take advantage of invaluable face time with expert faculty to discuss the latest techniques, technology and controversies in an approachable setting. Share, interact and ask the tough questions.

Emerging Technology Workshops

Translate theory to practice. Enjoy hands-on, in-depth training with new, state-of-the-art technology. Learn surgical pearls and pitfalls from master instructors.

Networking Opportunities

Make connections. Interact with international and regional shoulder and elbow specialists in a collegial setting. Join us at our end of course curated wine tasting reception to help grow your network.

Industry Highlights

Visit our sponsored exhibitor hall. View the latest the industry has to offer to help improve your shoulder and elbow outcomes. 

Industry Neutral Course

The NCSEC adheres to the ACCME Standards for Commerical Support. Any reference in promotional flyers, websites, in course-related activities or events, to any person, organization, activities, products, services related to such person or organization, or any links from our website to the website of another party, do not constitute or imply the endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of the persons, institutions, services, or products by the Orthopedic Shoulder and Elbow Foundation, the Northern California Shoulder and Elbow Course, or any of its members, volunteers or partners acting on its behalf.