AO Trauma Hand NA Preparing for Life After Hand Fellowship

Study state-of-the-art management of bony and soft tissue injuries in the upper extremity and hand

June 25-26, 2022, Tampa, FL


Anatomical relationships between the skeleton and its surrounding soft tissue uniquely influence function. These intimate relationships acquire even greater importance in the hand and wrist. The location of the tendons and neurovascular structures render them susceptible to injury whenever bone is injured. Associated soft tissue injury can influence the outcome to a greater extent than the bone injury.

Designed for fellows in hand surgery and orthopedic trauma surgery, this hybrid course will emphasize accurate clinical and radiographic assessment of the patient. Strategies for optimal, timely, and state-of-the-art management of bony and soft tissue injuries will be highlighted. The hybrid design of this course will afford participants access to the expertise of faculty located remotely.

Learning will be delivered through

  • In-person and virtual lectures
  • Case-based discussions
  • Hands-on lab exercises with a 4:1 participant-to-faculty ratio


Directly provided by AO North America.

  • Learning objectives
    Upon completion of this event, participants will be able to
    Identify the fracture parameters that influence fixation and arthroplasty options for fractures
    Combine fracture reduction and fixation principles with anatomic exposure
    Utilize the AO Principles of fracture fixation considering the soft-tissue restraints
    Analyze soft tissue defects and create coverage strategies for each defect
    Identify and evaluate nerve deficits – evaluate and learn strategies for reconstruction with various techniques

  • Who should attend

    Enrollment in this course is open to fellows in hand surgery, orthopedic trauma and plastic surgery. Attending surgeons embarking on their careers or interested in expanding their knowledge, skills, and clinical judgement in managing problems of the upper extremity and hand may find this course beneficial.

    We also encourage advanced practitioners (NP and PA) who are active in the clinical and surgical care of the hand and upper limb to consider attending this course.

Course chairs

Chaitanya Mudgal, MD, MS (Ortho), MCh

Harvard Medical School
Massachusetts General Hospital

Marco Rizzo, MD

Mayo Clinic