AO Foundation

03. December 2017

AO Davos Courses 2017 declared open!

AO Foundation President Nikolaus Renner at the opening ceremony
The world's flagship​ educational event of the year in orthopedic and trauma surgery was officially declared open on Sunday as AO Foundation President Nikolaus Renner welcomed more than 1,300 participants to the Davos Courses 2017.

Taught by 380 world-class faculty and covering six specialty areas from trauma and spine surgery, through craniomaxillofacial, veterinarian, neuro and recon, the Davos Courses represent the pinnacle of educational excellence, putting participants through rigorous theoretical and practical courses designed to take their careers to the next level.


"I take immense pleasure in standing in front of you and opening the Davos Courses 2017," said Nikolaus Renner at the opening ceremony. 

"Davos is the Mecca for fracture care and trauma care. The Davos Courses are our flagship courses worldwide," he added, before thanking the faculty for giving over their personal time to help the AO's drive to improve patient care.

"These courses are going to be very different from anything else you have experienced," said Wa'el Taha, the Chair of the AOTrauma Education Commission. "We all work for the same thing – providing patients with the best care out there."

Sunday's ceremony at the Congress Center Davos featured the launch of the AO Principles of Fracture Management—Third Edition, the go-to reference guide for orthopedic and trauma surgery worldwide.

The editorial team of Prof Richard Buckley, Prof Christopher Moran, Prof Theerachai Apivatthakakul and Prof Thomas Rüedi were present for the launch.

Prof Geoff Richards, the Director of the AO Research Institute (ARI), gave a status update of the institute's cutting-edge research projects.

A total of 30 courses are on offer across the AO Foundation's clinical divisions and institutes, with the goal of educating the next generation of surgeons in groundbreaking techniques and state-of-the-art technologies that have the potential to transform their profession in the years to come. 

AO Foundation President Nikolaus Renner welcomed more than 1,300 participants to the Davos Courses 2017

Highlights at the Davos Courses 2017:

  • AOTrauma will be offering a total of 14 educational events including the ever-popular "Current Concepts" series with tips from the masters
  • AOSpine focuses on spinal trauma, degenerative diseases or spinal deformity, and features Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) simulation sessions in the afternoons
  • After the overwhelming success of last year's event, AOCMF will continue with three Masters Courses in facial trauma, orthognathic surgery, and soft tissue reconstruction
  • AOVET will hold on courses in how to avoid, recognize and manage complications in small animal fractures, and equine arthrodesis techniques and fracture fixation
  • Additionally, the newly developed AORecon Complex Course premieres this year in Davos. This course offers experienced surgeons advanced-level training on total hip and knee arthroplasty. And for the first time, AONeuro will feature virtual simulation exercises in collaboration with the Besta Neuro Simulation Center. 

Another debutant at this year's Davos Courses is a specially designed course in limb surgery for emergency medical teams (EMTs) in disaster or conflict zones. 

The course blends both technical surgical knowledge using teaching with anatomical specimens, with lectures and discussions on safe and appropriate response in the most difficult of situations. 

It builds on the work of the World Health Organization EMT initiative to ensure all responders work within professional and well-trained teams for the benefit of those affected by health emergencies.

Supporting the spirit of Davos 

As part of AO's commitment to community engagement, 30 students and two teachers from the Schweizerische Alpine Mittelschule Davos (SAMD) will visit the AO Center on November 29 and the Davos Congress Center on December 11 to familiarize themselves with the work of the foundation and professional surgery in general. 

The AO Center visit will include a tour of the AO Research Institute, while the Congress Center visit will feature a hand-on practical exercise that requires the students, aged 16 and 17, to fix pre-broken bones using real surgical equipment.

On the morning of December 6, the AO will also introduce 14 pupils of the Förderungsklasse of the Primarschule Davos (Primary School extra-curricular promotion class) into basic bone anatomy, fractures and fixation. A visit to the Congress Center will give these local youngsters the opportunity to find out more about the work in the operating room of a hospital and about the AO Foundation in general.


Icon Prof Geoff Richards, ARI director
Icon Wa’el Taha, Chair of the AOTrauma Education Commission