Pelvis and acetabulum

Pelvic and acetabular fractures are among the most serious injuries treated by orthopedic surgeons and require rapid and precise treatment. In response, AO Trauma's pelvis education taskforce is working on the definition of a curriculum to address these challenges.

Pelvis and acetabulum education taskforce

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

Jorge Barla

Jorge Barla (AR)

Term: 2018—2023

Mahmoud Abdel Karim

Mahmoud Adbel Karim (EG)

Term: 2019—2021

Stephen Sims

Stephen Sims (US)

Term: 2020–2022

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

Target audiences

Pelvis and acetabulum specialists early in their career

Generalists (orthopedics) spending about 20 percent of their time on trauma (including community surgeons)

Pelvis and acetabulum experts

Trauma surgeons



  1. Perform emergency clinical assessment with specific focus to pelvic ring and hemodynamic instability. Apply ATLS protocols
  2. Recognize when and how to perform emergency stabilization
  3. Perform secondary full patient assessment
  4. Order and interpret imaging evaluations
  5. Plan treatment—acute and definitive
  6. Assess the impact of comorbidities and concomitant injuries
  7. Plan and perform approach, reduction, and fixation
  8. Prevent, identify, and address complications
  9. Adapt treatment according to specific bone structure / quality
  10. Delineate and perform postoperative management protocol
  11. Perform salvage techniques

What does competency-based curriculum development mean?

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To address feedback or questions to this education taskforce, email the Curriculum Development Manager Michael Cunningham or

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