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).
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)
- 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
- 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