Recommended Knowledge and Skills Framework for Spinal Cord Medicine


A framework was developed by ISCOS to bring together the broad skills and competencies that a trainee would need to develop to work as a medical practitioner looking after people with spinal cord impairment.


It is divided into three broad domains consisting of

(1) Knowledge – the background theoretical and academic knowledge that a trainee should

have to successfully undertake the practice of SCM and to help develop his / her skill set.

(2) Skills and competencies - are the proficiencies that the trainee will develop through

training or experience and which is helped by the acquisition of knowledge.

(3) Procedural skills – these are specific interventional skills, which require additional

training and practice. The development of such skills will be based on the needs of the

system / country that the trainee is working in.

(4) Miscellaneous skills and knowledge – which are additional to the core knowledge and skill

set, which apply to specific situations / conditions.


The framework was prepared by Pradee Thumbikat, Ruth Marshall and Sasa Moslavac on behalf of the Education Committee of the International Spinal Cord Society with input from all the members of the Education Committee.


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