The AO Trauma Residents education program offers a wide range of face-to-face and self-directed learning in orthopedic trauma management. It supports orthopedic trauma residents at all stages of their training and is based on twelve clearly defined competencies.

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).

Mark Lee

Mark Lee (US)

Term: 2017—2022

Khairul Faizi Bin Mohammad

Khairul Faizi Bin Mohammad (MY)

Term: 2019—2021

Ingmar Buffo

Ingmar Buffo (MX)

Term: 2020 – 2022

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

Curriculum events

The residents curriculum defines the following standardized events:

  • AO Trauma Course—Basic Principles of Fracture Management (3 days)
  • AO Trauma Course—Advanced Principles of Fracture Management (3 days)

Target audience

Basic Principles:

Doctors in surgical training 

Doctors interested in furthering their knowledge and skills in operative fracture management

Advanced Principles:

Surgeons at the threshold of becoming independent

Participants who have completed the Basic Principles course


AO Surgery Reference

AO Surgery Reference

Check out the modules of our online repository.


AO Trauma STaRT

Discover the award-winning educational tool for orthopedic trauma residents.

E-learning modules

Explore the growing collection of our online offerings, most targeted at residents.

AO Principles of Fracture Management

Third Edition

Mobile apps

A number of our educational offerings are optimized for mobile devices.

AOTrauma Course Finder

Courses and webinars

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Competency-based education

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Faculty only

Faculty center

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Videos e-learning

Members only

AO Videos

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  1. Understand the concepts of stability, their influence on bone healing, and how to apply implants to achieve the appropriate stability
  2. Plan a treatment based on assessment, imaging, classification, and decision making
  3. Apply reduction techniques in fracture management with attention to the soft tissue
  4. Apply implants according to their properties utilizing different application techniques
  5. Assess and treat diaphyseal fractures
  6. Assess and treat articular and periarticular fractures
  7. Demonstrate strategies for assessing and treating open fractures and soft-tissue injuries
  8. Manage the polytrauma patient
  9. Evaluate, classify, and formulate a treatment plan for pelvic injuries and acetabular fractures
  10. Recognize risk factors and complications and manage accordingly
  11. Recognize and treat bone union disorders
  12. Recognize and manage special fracture circumstances


To address feedback or questions to this education taskforce, email the Curriculum Development Manager Sandipan Chatterjee or

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