AO North America CME Mission


The Continuing Medical Education (CME) mission of AO North America, Inc. (AO NA) is to provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary, needs-based education to surgeons, fellows, and residents in the specialties of orthopedic, hand, craniomaxillofacial, spine, neurosurgery, and veterinary surgery in the areas of trauma (i.e., operative reduction and fixation), degenerative disorders, deformities, tumors, and reconstruction.


Expected Results:

Expected results of AO NA's CME activities for surgeons, fellows, and residents are to:

  • Increase their knowledge base and surgical skill level
  • Improve competence by applying advances in knowledge to patient care in the areas of trauma, degenerative disorders, deformities, tumors, and reconstructive surgical techniques
  • Address practice performance gaps by improving management of aspects of traumatic injuries and musculoskeletal disorders (i.e., pre-operative planning to post-operative care)


The Content for the CME Program Will Focus On:

Content of the CME program focuses on the teaching of AO Principles as well as best practices for the care of patients with musculoskeletal injuries to include but are not limited to trauma, degenerative disorders, deformities, tumors, and reconstructive surgical techniques. The educational formats for the CME program are designed to encourage learner interaction, offer feedback, and promote learner reflection which may lead to verifiable outcomes.


Characteristics of Participants Include:

  • Surgeons specializing in specific anatomic areas within the orthopedic, hand, neurosurgery, craniomaxillofacial, spine and veterinary specialties;
  • Residents and fellows in training;
  • Practicing surgeons with an interest in trauma, degenerative disorders, deformities, tumors, and reconstructive techniques;


Types of Activities Include:

  • Educational activities (with and without simulation) with content areas including:
  • Basic Principles that focus on fundamental principles and techniques (including operative reduction and fixation);
  • Advances in the field that address the application of principles and techniques for surgical approaches and techniques;
  • Complex concepts and solutions for clinical and surgical problems and complications;
  • Specific problems of the musculoskeletal system;
  • Faculty development programs

    Reviewed and approved on March 1, 2021.

Amy S. Kapatkin, DVM, MAS, DACVS

President, AO North America, Inc.