Hand and wrist

Hand and wrist injuries constitute a substantial part of all treated injuries. AOTrauma's hand and wrist education taskforce has defined competencies relevant to your practice needs and is working on a comprehensive curriculum.

Hand and wrist education taskforce

The hand and wrist education taskforce is a group of experts who build and continuously improve our educational program. It consists of three international program editors (IPEs).

Fiesky Nunez

Fiesky Nuñez (VE)

Term: 2012—2020

Sudhier Warrier

Sudhir Warrier (IN)

Term: 2017—2022

Terry S Axelrod

Terry S Axelrod (US)

Term: 2019—2021

See a full list of all regional program contributors and past international program editors.

Target audiences

  • Hand and wrist specialists early in their career
  • Generalists (orthopedics) spending about 20 percent of their time on trauma (including community surgeons)
  • Hand and wrist experts
  • Trauma surgeons


Courses and webinars

Explore our database and search for events on hand and wrist topics.

AO Surgery Reference

Check out the hand module of our online repository.

Competency-based education

Learn more about our approach to education. 

Members only

New teaching videos

A new series of AOTrauma Hand and Wrist practical exercises teach the techniques and principles of hand surgery using the new Variable Angle (VA) Modular Hand System for best practices in hand fracture fixation.


  1. Perform pre-treatment assessment including physical examination, patient history including comorbidities
  2. Order and interpret imaging, classify skeletal and soft-tissue injury
  3. Decide on appropriate treatment based on skillset and available resources
  4. Apply the necessary soft-tissue repair techniques
  5. Correct any skeletal deformity and apply appropriate internal or external stabilization using the instruments and tools correctly
  6. Evaluate and address unexpected outcomes
  7. Develop and implement a rehabilitation and follow-up plan


To address feedback or questions to this education taskforce, email the Curriculum Development Manager Jane Thorley Wiedler or templates@aotrauma.org.

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