AO eLearning

You can use AO’s eLearning offering in two ways: either as part of an educational program (eg in preparation for an AO course), or as a standalone educational activity.

Flash is needed for most of the eLearning activities below, so please make sure it is installed on your computer.

New Evidence-Based Medicine eLearning module available

Cover of the Evidence-Based Medicine eLearning module

AO Clinical Investigation and Documentation (AOCID), in conjunction with AO Education Institute, is proud to announce the release of an introductory eLearning module in clinical research. The authors, Beate Hanson and Michael Suk, have put together an interactive course to introduce interested surgeons to the main concepts of Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM). Using actual patients and their injuries, participants learn the PICOT methodology to frame clinical questions and how to search for the most appropriate literature. Critical appraisal of scientific papers and how to make the best treatment decision for patients based on the evidence found rounds off this unique course. It should take around 45 minutes to complete the module.

Evidence-Based Medicine eLearning module

AOTrauma Principles Program eLearning

The AOTrauma Principles Program emphasizes basic treatment principles in operative management of the most common human fractures based on application of the AO Principles. This program is the initial step along the path of lifelong learning in the area of operative fracture management.

Müller/AO classification of fractures

Author: Paul Szypryt. Editor: James Kellam.
Learn the AO classification through an award-winning serious game! This scenario-based module introduces you to the com­plete classification system of long-bone fractures. Three chap­ters: 1) diaphyseal fractures, 2) articular fractures, 3) variants.
Estimated time: 45 minutes.

The biology of bone healing

Author: Klaus Dresing. Editor: Chris Colton.
This eLearning module gives an introduction to the biological processes involved in bone healing, explaining the relevant bony anatomy, the processes of callus healing and of direct bone healing.
Estimated time: 20 minutes.

Plate fixation: Introduction to the principles of plate fixation.

Plate fixation

Author: Chris Colton
Introduction to the principles of plate fixation.
Estimated time: 25 min.

Surgical screw fixation

Author: Chris Colton
Introduction to screw functions and techniques for insertion.
Estimated time: 25 min.

External fixation

Author: Chris Colton
Introduction to the principles of external fixation.
Estimated time: 20 min.

Intramedullary nailing

Author: Chris Colton
Introduction to the principles of IM nailing.
Estimated time: 20 min.

AOTrauma Advances Program eLearning

The AOTrauma Program – Advances in Operative Fracture Management – teaches current concepts and fundamental principles in the treatment of complex injuries incorporating the latest techniques in operative fracture management.

Fracture reduction: an introduction

Author: Rodrigo Pesantez. Editor: Emanuel Gautier.
This interactive module gives an introduction to displacement and reduction, focusing on principles, methods, and explaining direct and indirect reduction.
Estimated time: 15 minutes.

AOTrauma Independent eLearning

C-arm and radiation

Author: Michael Kraus. Editor: Florian Gebhard.
Using state-of-the-art technology,  AO Education​ Institute and AOTrauma​ present a pio­neer product that is unique to the field of orthopaedics: an interactive video on C-arm and radiation. Time: 4 minutes.

The interactive video as a teaching method has been very successful, espe­cial­ly in the fields of health and safety, where it has significantly helped in terms of error-prevention. But, while most training focuses on error reduc­tion, this pro­gram is based on the understanding of how the brain processes in­for­­mation and focuses on error “recovery” , instead. An interactive sim­u­la­tion like this one presents errors for the viewer to detect and is a more effec­tive way to teach, learn, and retain the material.

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Intraoperative Imaging

Author: Michael Kraus. Editor: Florian Gebhard.

A two-module interactive program on image acquisition and optimization using 2D and 3D intraoperative C-arm technology based on example clinical indica­tions.

Estimated time: 15 minutes