FacultyFocus AO Spine 2023-01 TEST

Dear colleagues,

Welcome to the first 2023 edition of FacultyFocus, our newsletter featuring information curated especially for you as AO Spine faculty.

In this edition, we invite you to learn about the AO Approved Solutions website, presented by the AO Technical Commission as an easy-to-use informational tool for you as faculty. With this online tool, you are just a click away from a trove of information about AO Approved Solutions—materials and technologies that have been approved for use in AO educational events. We also introduce five AO Approved Solutions for spine that have not yet been added to the online tool.

Additionally, this edition features an update on AO Spine’s Global Diploma (GSD) Program, which continues to certify knowledge and advance careers, with the graduation of its first class from the Indian subcontinent and the launch of its open call for applications to the 2023 and 2024 classes.

You can also read about a final white paper outlining current options and trends in simulation, including an appendix summarizing some of the products and companies that are available. This document was prepared as a guideline by the Educational Strategies Task Force of the AO Spine Education Commission and provides invaluable insight about all augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies that may be used in educational events.

Moreover, you can explore a variety of education-related news from across the AO, including articles on:

  • How the AO Access Mentorship Program supports the development of nonclinical competences
  • Pre-event assessment and post-event evaluation to help to deliver best-quality education
  • The importance of transformative leadership and the wealth of free, easy-to-use self-education resources made available by AO Access
  • The Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma (JOT) February 2023 supplement, which takes a deep dive into the lessons learned and the discoveries made by the AO in education delivery during the pandemic
  • 10 tips for in-hospital education

Enjoy reading this very engaging edition of FacultyFocus!

Best regards,

Emre Acaro─člu

Chairperson, AO Spine Education Commission