K2M – FOCOS
The K2M – FOCOS Preceptorship is a program dedicated to providing educational opportunities for spine surgeons to learn about K2M deformity instrumentation and techniques through an immersive training program led by world-renowned deformity surgeons.
Surgeon participants will gain expertise through ongoing, in-depth experience in the management of patients with: degenerative disorders of the cervical and thoracolumbar spine; spinal deformities in children and adults; and the application of complex reconstruction procedures using open anterior/ posterior techniques in conjunction with K2M’s Deformity Portfolio of Products.
There are two FOCOS educational options, a preceptorship and an academic visitor, both programs take place at The FOCOS Orthopaedic Hospital in the capital city of Accra, Ghana. No previous experience with K2M products is necessary. *
*Most trips take place 12 to 24 months after approval.
“Here in the United States, I will commonly see patients with 50- to 80-degree curves, but in Ghana, children come to us with greater than 180-degree curves. In West Africa, people just live with their conditions. They limp around with a bit of a deformity until they can’t breathe or can’t get out of bed and walk around anymore”
-Prof. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei
Applications will be reviewed in June and November. Most trips are planned 12 to 24 months after approval.
APPLY HERE for participation. The following documents are required for this application process:
- Curriculum Vitae: Current and up to date in PDF format
- Personal Statement: Short statement explaining your interest in participating in the K2M – Focus Preceptorship Program
- Two Letters of Personal Reference:
- If you are a Fellow, Resident, or Surgeon in the first two years of practice, this should include one from the Director of your Residency/Fellowship Program.
- If you are a practicing surgeon with more than two years of practice experience, these letters can be from a colleague or professional partner.
- One Professional Picture (PDF or JPG files only)
If you have questions about the application process or would like to receive occasional updates about the K2M – FOCOS Preceptorship Program, please contact Medical Education.
The selection committee and Prof. Boachie will only review complete applications.
In 1998 Prof. Boachie-Adjei founded FOCOS, a non-profit foundation dedicated to providing orthopedic and spine services to underserved patients in Ghana and the sub-Saharan region. Since then, FOCOS has treated 17,000 local and international patients and performed over 800 surgeries. In 2012 the FOCOS Orthopedic Hospital officially opened its doors and continues to provide comprehensive care for patients.
Prof. Oheneba Boachie-Adjei grew up in Ghana, where as an 8-year-old he suffered a severe gastric illness and nearly died from a lack of modern medical options. He survived thanks to the treatment of a pediatrician who recently returned to Ghana after studying in the UK. This experience had a lasting impression on young Boachie-Adjei who then went on to study medicine and train as an orthopedic surgeon in the United States.
Prof. Boachie-Adjei received his medical degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed an orthopedic pathology fellowship and an orthopedic surgery residency at The Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York, followed by a spine fellowship at the Twin Cities Scoliosis Center and the Minnesota Spine Center. He then went on to become chief of scoliosis services at HSS specializing in the treatment of scoliosis, kyphosis and spine reconstruction in adult and pediatric patients.
Throughout a long and distinguished career in New York City, Prof. Boachie-Adjei would travel to Ghana three times a year, leading volunteer teams of orthopaedic and support specialists to Ghana, Barbados and other parts of Africa. In 2014, he is returning to Ghana full-time to dedicate himself full-time to FOCOS and the FOCOS Orthopaedic Hospital. He will continue to be engaged with HSS and FOCOS in New York, retaining admitting privileges to allow him to assist with special cases. However, he will now focus his energies towards educating the next generation of orthopaedic surgeons.
FOCOS Orthopaedic Hospital is located at Pantang in Accra, Ghana. It was officially opened in April 2012. In the first two years, the hospital has been visited by more than 49,393 patients and more than 2,403 corrective spine and joint procedures have been performed.
As one of the only specialty hospitals in all of Africa, FOCOS Orthopaedic Hospital is a full-service, 50 bed facility with more than 150 full and part-time employees and volunteers. It is equipped with two state of the art operating rooms, an out-patient department, a physiotherapy center, a laboratory, and a radiology center.
“The FOCOS Hospital’s mission is to provide comprehensive orthopaedic services including diagnostics, imaging and laboratory, outpatient consultation, pharmacy and surgical care to adult and pediatric populations in Africa. Our goals are focused around the needs of our patients, as we strive to deliver high quality health care efficiently and in a manner that meets the expectations of patients and their families. The Hospital is committed to providing quality medical care to anyone, regardless of status.”
See FOCOS for additional information or volunteer opportunities.
The K2M-FOCOS Academic Visitors Program is designed for surgeons who have completed a Neurosurgery residency or Orthopedic Spine Fellowship program and will be going into practice in the next 1-2 years. The surgeon will spend 12 weeks at the FOCOS hospital in Ghana.
The K2M-FOCOS Preceptorship Program is for practicing spine surgeons early in their careers, who would like to complement their existing Adult or Adolescent Deformity Practice. The surgeon will spend 2 weeks at the FOCOS hospital in Ghana.
APPLY HERE– K2M will provide transportation, room and board during both programs. There is no stipend for either track.
Selection Process: A selection committee will collect and review all applications and candidates will be chosen in consultation with Prof. Boachie-Adjei.
Areas of Clinical Experience: The program will focus on the use of K2M instrumentation for disorders and deformities of the spine, through preoperative, surgical, and postoperative experience in the following areas:
- Scoliosis and kyphosis correction: growing rods, posterior instrumentation, VCR, halo traction, concave rib osteotomies, thoracoplasty
- Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis (pars repair and high-grade reductions)
- Scoliosis and kyphosis correction: Open procedures, VCR, PSO, SPO, anterior and posterior cervical procedures and sacropelvic reconstruction
ADULT DEGENERATIVE DISORDERS OF THE CERVICAL AND THORACOLUMBAR SPINE:
- Decompression, TLIF, PLIF, ACDF, Posterior cervical procedures