AO Annual Report 2018

AO Trauma 2018—year in review

29 May 2019

AOTrauma Annual Report 2018

The AO's Annual Report for 2018 has been published, looking at the challenges and achievements of 2018 through the prism of four separate chapters: patient outcomes, innovation, education, and corporate social responsibility.

Knowledge leader

In 2018, to retain and enhance its position as a knowledge leader in its field, AO Trauma continued its move from certifying attendance to certifying proficiency, which means certifying that course participants demonstrate the required level of knowledge, skills, and attitudes. AO Trauma held 392 educational events involving 35,225 participants, 14,716 faculty days and 4,939 faculty.

Everything AO Trauma does in education is based on the backward planning process of curriculum development to positively impact patient outcomes by addressing particular clinical needs: from applied to clinical research, quality control and education—as can be seen in the ongoing Clinical Priority Program.

Crucially, AO Trauma offers course participants the same high standard all over the world. In 2018, it improved these templates, introduced new exercises, changed modules and updated the formats offered. The curricula for both basic and advanced courses was updated, and a blended learning component was added to the basic principles course. As a measure to help maximize impact, AO Trauma increased the minimum duration of its fellowship programs from 4–12 to 6–12 weeks.

Digital transformation

In 2018, AO Trauma continued the backward planning process for curriculum development, established education key performance indicators (KPIs), and assessed the technological landscape in search of new educational formats. This digital transformation will continue to be a major part of the AO's future in the coming years. In 2018, AO Trauma introduced an online organizational tool that makes it easier to meet expanding demand for clinical training modules (CTMs), which are in-hospital training programs for ORP to help make AO Trauma more accessible to this key audience. The program includes different CTMs, and ORP can sign up for the courses online in a new streamlined procedure. These changes have led to a significant increase in uptake.

Reaching our community

In 2018, AO Trauma continued to explore its pioneering in-hospital educational consultancy on orthogeriatrics. This entails a team of orthogeriatric experts going to a hospital to evaluate treatment and giving recommendations about how to establish comprehensive orthogeriatric treatment systems. These events have taken place in Colombia, Norway, and Singapore.
The first pilot of AO Trauma's new event, the AO Trauma World Meeting, took place in Madrid, Spain in 2018. About 250 people attended the five courses offered during the three-day event.

Identifying and recognizing development potential

AO Trauma's research focus is currently firmly on innovation in education, and in 2018 it established a mechanism by which the application of new technologies in education can be evaluated. New technology and innovative approaches have been incorporated into AO Trauma's Competency Training and Assessment Program which kicked off in 2018.

In 2018, the first AO Trauma Innovation in Education Award was presented at the AO Davos Courses. It recognized Klaus Dresing and Matthias Süncksen for their work on a virtual reality X-ray simulator. There is no other award in this sector, and this will be awarded annually.

Building partnerships to improve patient outcomes

The health care environment today is more complex than ever before. Clinicians have many more treatment options than in the past, and patients have higher expectations regarding outcomes and the relationship they will have with those who treat them. However, how to measure outcomes in orthopedics is still poorly understood, and the existing literature is confusing and is not comparable.

AO Trauma's Research Clinical Priority Program (CPP), Clinical Outcome Measurements of Fracture Treatment, aims to address this issue. This program, launched in 2018, recognizes the critical need today for an approach to assessing patient outcomes that can be applied internationally. With a global network of over 215,000 health care professionals, the AO is the ideal place to carry out this research.

Working with 16 external partners that are leaders in the field as well as AO Research Institute Davos (ARI), AO Clinical Investigation and Documentation (AOCID), and the AO Technical Commission (AOTK) System, AO Trauma is following in the spirit of the AO's founders in this program that will produce guidelines to allow orthopedic surgeons to best direct fracture treatment, aftercare, and rehabilitation. In 2018, a consortium was established to work on patient outcomes and a CPP was defined and officially launched, with an initial term of five years.

Find out more

Find out more about AO Trauma and other areas of the AO's activities in 2018 in the annual report:

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