As the global population ages, the need for improved fragility fracture care grows. The AO Trauma curriculum follows a comprehensive approach addressing challenges of fracture care and orthogeriatric co-management.

Orthogeriatrics education taskforce

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

Christian Kammerlander

Christian Kammerlander (DE)

Term: 2016—2021

Emilio Fantin

Emilio Fantin (AR)

Term: 2017—2020

Joseph Nicholas

Joseph Nicholas (US)

Term: 2020–2022

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

Curriculum events

AO Trauma Course—Fracture Care in Older Adults (16 hours – 2 days)

  • Module 1: Preoperative phase
  • Module 2: Operative phase
  • Module 3: Upper extremity
  • Module 4: Lower extremity
  • Module 5: Practical exercises
  • Module 6: Postoperative and rehabilitation phase
  • Module 7: Orthogeriatric co-management

Target audience

  • Practicing surgeons in orthopedic trauma, orthopedics, and general trauma
  • Geriatricians and other medicine physicians (eg, internal medicine, anesthesiology)
  • Residents/trainees (surgical and medical)


Orthogers Mobile App

Discover this educational tool for health-care professionals managing older adults with fragility fractures.

Members only


Geriatric Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation Journal (GOS).

Faculty only

Faculty center

Access additional resources for chairpersons and faculty.

Further resources

Access supplementary clinical summary documents and clinical practice tools.


NEW: Osteoporotic Fracture Care—Medical and Surgical Management

Minimally Invasive Plate Osteosynthesis—Second Expanded Edition (Chapter 24 Fragility Fractures)

Periprosthetic Fracture Management (Chapter 3, section 3.1: Causes of and risk factors for periprosthetic fractures: Age)


The education taskforce has identified the following competencies for this area of practice:

  1. Correctly fix fragility fractures as indicated
  2. Adapt treatment in line with aging
  3. Recognize comorbidities and polypharmacy
  4. Prevent, identify, and treat complications
  5. Address secondary prevention (osteoporosis, falls)
  6. Restore function early
  7. Apply the basic science of fixation and bone biology
  8. Initiate and comanage patient care with the healthcare team
  9. Build a system of care for fragility fractures
  10. Seek to restore and preserve functionality, independence, and quality of life


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

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