Children and adolescents present a unique challenge in trauma care because they are so different from adults. The risks to injured children and adolescents can be significantly reduced with the provision of appropriate care.

Pediatrics education taskforce

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

Matej Kastelec

Matej Kastelec (SI)

Term: 2018—2023

Mamoun Kremli

Mamoun Kremli (SA)

Term: 2018—2021

Daniel Green

Daniel Green (US)

Term: 2020–2022

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

Curriculum events

The Pediatrics curriculum defines the following standardized events:

  • AO Trauma Course—Managing Pediatric Musculoskeletal Injuries (2-2.5 days)
  • AO Trauma Seminar—Special Pediatric Trauma Conditions
  • AO Trauma Seminar— Pediatric Orthopedic Conditions

Target audiences

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


Elastic Stable Intramedullary Nailing (ESIN) in Children


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Competency-based education

Learn more about our approach to education. 


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


  1. Recognize that the outcome of similar injury patterns varies with a child’s age and adapt treatment accordingly
  2. Manage relationships with patient and parents/relatives
  3. Establish the natural history and decide on a treatment strategy
  4. Assess the patient based on developmental status and make decisions based on available team/infrastructure
  5. Perform the chosen treatment procedure
  6. Perform and document short- and long-term follow-up; apply findings to decision making
  7. Diagnose and treat septic arthritis in a timely manner
  8. Recognize and address signs and patterns of nonaccidental injury
  9. Diagnose and treat slipped capital femoral epiphysis
  10. Manage acquired and congenital deformity
  11. Manage pathological bone
  12. Recognize and stabilize the pediatric polytrauma patient


To address feedback or questions to this education taskforce, email the Curriculum Development Manager Jane Thorley Wiedler or

AO Trauma voices

Jonathan Dwyer
“Our learners are constantly challenging us to be innovative and to develop more meaningful ways to share our expertise with them. This new AO Trauma pediatrics curriculum applies new learning approaches to impart the knowledge and skills they need to perform their best.”

Jonathan Dwyer, past member of the pediatrics education taskforce

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