Programs and concepts

Quality education relies on the application of teaching methods appropriate to desired outcomes

It is never too soon or too late to learn


In order to build education that directly impacts patient health, the curriculum development process starts by first identifying the patient problems to address and the competencies required of the surgeon.

AO CMF's competency-based education events include Management of Facial Trauma (MFT) courses and Lighthouse courses.

Additionally, various advances and masters courses and seminars and a variety of online educational resources ranging from free webinars and online case discussions to live lectures with top faculty around the world are available to our community.


Management of facial trauma courses

The first global educational program delivered through small case discussions, practical exercises and mini lectures

Download the Management of Facial Trauma Course Brochure

Designed for your success


This comprehensive course is designed to provide the fundamental knowledge and principles for the treatment of craniomaxillofacial fractures and their complications. The course is organized in three steps:

  • Online preparation (self-assessment and self-study program)
  • Face-to-face event
  • Online follow-up

The face-to-face course consists of a combination of lectures, small group discussions, practical exercises and keynote lectures. 

AO CMF Lighthouse Courses

Advanced level courses with human anatomical specimens

Photo: AO CMF Lighthouse Course—Reconstructive Surgery in Head and Neck with Flap Harvesting and Patient Specific Implants

These competency-based educational events bring together expert faculty for intensive two- and three-days learning opportunities in carefully selected locations. The Lighthouse courses currently are available in Europe and the Middle East. 

The primary focus of the course will be developing surgical skills by completing practical exercises on human anatomical specimens. The topics are also addressed in lectures and during interactive debates and discussions with faculty and participants.

Topics covered: 

  • Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Surgery
  • Surgical Approaches
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Orthognathic Surgery
  • Aesthetic and Functional Surgery of the Face and Neck
  • Mandible Trauma and Reconstruction
  • Advanced Management of Facial Trauma

Advanced and Masters Courses

AO CMF offers a variety of courses, seminars, and lectures around the world

Photo: Practical exercises during the AO Davos Courses 2019
  • Orthognathic surgery

  • TMJ surgery 

  • Craniomaxillofacial trauma and reconstruction

  • Head and neck surgery and reconstruction

  • Orbital fractures and reconstruction

  • Nasoethmoidal and midface fractures

  • Condyle fractures

  • Digital planning, 3D planning, and computer-assisted surgery

  • Cleft lip and facial deformities surgery 

  • Craniomaxillofacial surgery with patient-specific implants

  • Soft tissue management

  • Pediatric trauma and deformities

  • Congenital deformities

  • Distraction osteogenesis

Online learning

AO CMF offers you education wherever you are, whenever you need it!

Our digital learning packages include everything from moderated live expert case discussions, study clubs, and webinars, to self-directed learning modules on the AO video platform or AO Surgery Reference.

AO CMF members have unlimited access to a multitude of scientific journals and publications, as well as full access to all craniomaxillofacial modules on the AO Surgery Reference.

Coming soon: 

  • Oral cancer training program

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