Residents education taskforce
The Residents education taskforce is a group of experts who build and continuously improve our educational program. It consists of three international program editors (IPEs).
The courses defined in the AO Trauma residents curriculum teach fundamental principles and current concepts in the treatment of injuries, incorporating the latest techniques in operative fracture management. They build the foundation for orthopedic trauma surgeons’ careers. Evidence-based lectures cover the key information, case discussions in small groups help participants understand decision-making and management skills, and practical exercises allow participants to practice the application of fixation techniques.
The AO Trauma basic principles course is the initial step along the path of lifelong learning in the area of operative fracture management and the focus of this course lies in the basic principles of fracture management. The AO Trauma advanced principles course builds upon the AO Trauma basic principles course and concentrates on the principles and techniques of operative fracture management in more complex injuries.
Events defined in the curriculum
AO Trauma Course—Basic Principles of Fracture Management (3 days)
AO Trauma Course—Advanced Principles of Fracture Management (3 days)
Doctors in surgical training
Doctors interested in furthering their knowledge and skills in operative fracture management
Surgeons at the threshold of becoming independent
Participants who have completed the Basic Principles course
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- Understand the concepts of stability, their influence on bone healing, and how to apply implants to achieve the appropriate stability
- Plan a treatment based on assessment, imaging, classification, and decision making
- Apply reduction techniques in fracture management with attention to the soft tissue
- Apply implants according to their properties utilizing different application techniques
- Assess and treat diaphyseal fractures
- Assess and treat articular and periarticular fractures
- Demonstrate strategies for assessing and treating open fractures and soft-tissue injuries
- Manage the polytrauma patient
- Evaluate, classify, and formulate a treatment plan for pelvic injuries and acetabular fractures
- Recognize risk factors and complications and manage accordingly
- Recognize and treat bone union disorders
- Recognize and manage special fracture circumstances
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