The Minnesota Scapula Course


Saturday, September 14, 2019

Hosted in cooperation with the North American Scapula Consortium (NASCon), this conference will equip surgeons with the knowledge and surgical skills to operate on most scapula fractures they will encounter in practice.


Scapula fractures have traditionally been thought of as rare injuries that for the most part heal fine with benign neglect. Part of the rationale for this approach is that the shoulder has universal motion and can compensate for deformity and loss of glenohumeral motion. Current research has shown that non-operatively treated patients with significantly displaced scapula fractures may have reduced strength, motion, and an increased likelihood of malunion. Other studies have shown operative treatment to restore strength and motion post-operatively. These findings have sparked an interest for the operative treatment of scapula fractures and validated the necessity to provide the education that will make treatment of these injuries available to patients. This course will increase width and depth of understanding of scapula fractures and their treatment, with a purpose to improve the lives of patients who have suffered and are suffering from these injuries. View agenda.


This activity is designed for orthopaedic surgeons interested in the operative indications and treatment of scapula fractures.


  • Anatomical Dissections
  • Cadaver Lab
  • Case-Based Learning Emphasis
  • Small Group Instruction

Educational Objectives

Following completion of this activity, learners should be better able to:

  • Describe history and current literature of scapula fractures.
  • Identify pathology and physiology of the scapula and surrounding anatomic structures.
  • Describe methods of measurement and operative indications of scapula fractures.
  • Discuss treatment options and educate patients and staff.
  • Explain and apply techniques for open reduction and internal fixation of scapula fractures.

Provided By

University of Minnesota Medical School, Interprofessional Continuing Education
University of Minnesota Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

NASCon LogoIn Cooperation With

North American Scapula Consortium (NASCon)

Course Chairman

Peter A. Cole, MD, FAOA
Division Medical Director, HealthPartners Medical Group; Chair, Orthopaedic Department, Regions Hospital; Professor, University of Minnesota

Disclosure of Commercial Support

An Acknowledgement of Support will be posted onsite for all activities that have received funding from educational grants.


Joint Accreditation LogoIn support of improving patient care, University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statements

American Medical Association (AMA)

The University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 8.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other Healthcare Professionals

Other healthcare professionals who participate in this CE activity may submit their statement of participation to their appropriate accrediting organizations or state boards for consideration of credit. The participant is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.


Early Rate: On or Before July 15, 2019

Physician: $1,000

Regular Rate: On or After July 16, 2019

Physician: $1,200

Printed course materials cannot be guaranteed for on-site/walk-in registrants. Access to online course materials is provided in advance of the activity to registered learners. To ensure you receive all course materials before the start of the activity, please register in advance.


Special needs such as dietary restrictions, lactation room, etc. should be indicated in advance; requests cannot always be honored on-site.

How to Register


In the event you need to cancel your registration, the registration fee, less a $50 administrative fee, will be refunded if you notify us by 4:30 p.m. CST on August 16, 2019.  No refunds will be made after this date.  If you have any questions, please contact our office at (612) 626-7600 or (800) 776-8636, or e-mail us at

Photo Release

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TRIA BioSkills Lab
TRIA Orthopaedic Center
8100 Northland Dr
Bloomington, MN 55431

The conference portions of labs held at TRIA Orthopaedic Center Bio Skills lab will be held at Northland Plaza, located directly south and adjacent to TRIA Orthopaedic Center. It is a 45 second walk between the buildings! The conference center is located at 3800 American Blvd. West, Bloomington, MN 55431. Follow the signs to the skyway level of the Northland Plaza ramp for direct access to TRIA Physical Therapy and Education Center. The conference room will be to your immediate left.

Directions and Parking

  • Coming from 494 West: Take the France Avenue Exit and turn left. Turn left on American Blvd followed by the next left onto Northland Drive. Enter the TRIA/Northland Plaza driveway (first left) and park in the Northland Plaza parking ramp. You will enter Northland Plaza on the first floor. Follow signs to the conference facility. 
  • Coming from 494 East: Take the France Avenue Exit and turn right. Turn left on American Blvd followed by the next left onto Northland Drive. Enter the TRIA/Northland Plaza driveway (first left) and park in the Northland Plaza parking ramp.

More Information

Overnight Accommodations

The Westin Edina Galleria
3201 Galleria
Edina, MN 55435

A block of sleeping rooms at the Westin Edina Galleria, located near the TRIA Orthopaedic Center, is available at the discounted rate of $159 single or double per night plus the current tax. Please make your reservations directly with the hotel by the cut-off date of August 22, 2019. To make your reservation online, click here; to make your reservation over the phone, call 1-888-627-8245 and ask for the MN Scapula Course guest room block. Reservations will be accepted on space and rate availability.


Acknowledgement of Support

We gratefully acknowledge the following organizations for their financial contributions to this activity:

  • Bone Foam
  • KLS Martin
  • Zimmer Biomet

(List current as 4/29/19)