AO Trauma Masters Course—Lower Extremity Trauma

The curriculum provides a modular framework for teaching the current management of patient problems related to trauma of the lower limb, discussed in a highly interactive setting. It covers fractures and soft-tissue injuries from the femoral head and neck to the ankle as well as joint injuries and dislocations (the acute trauma phase and the posttraumatic sequelae such as malunion, nonunion, infection, etc).

The high level of interactivity is built-in to the module structures in all of the defined educational events. A combination of evidence-based lectures, small-group case discussions, and dissection and fixation procedures on anatomical specimens will be used to deliver the content to improve knowledge and skills in the key surgical techniques and in related care for a truly hands-on experiential learning experience.

Participants should also have completed the AO Trauma Course—Advanced Principles of Fracture Management.

Why you should choose this course

Top national, regional, and international faculty

3-4 days in duration

For surgeons who already treat lower extremity trauma fractures

Network with colleagues from all over the world

CME credits

Course content

  • Course modules
    • Module 1: Femoral head and neck
    • Module 2: Trochanter
    • Module 3: Femoral Shaft
    • Module 4: Distal Femur
    • Module 5: Knee
    • Module 6: Proximal Tibia
    • Module 7: Tibial Shaft
    • Module 8: Distal Tibia and Pilon
    • Module 9: Ankle
  • Small group discussions

    Femoral head and neck

    • Pipkin 4B fracture with an acetabular
    • Vertical line neck fracture, with ipsilateral shaft fracture
    • Comminuted femoral neck (calcar region)
    • Secondary displacement (nonunion)


    • Subtrochanteric fracture (failed case)
    • Combination of trochanteric and femoral shaft fracture
    • Cutout case (discussion on blade plate)
    • Periprosthetic fracture

    Femoral Shaft

    • Distal femoral fracture with an ipsilateral shaft fracture
    • Comminuted bilateral femoral fractures
    • Malrotation case/nonunion
    • Periprosthetic fracture

    Distal Femur

    • Comminuted distal femur with Hoffa fracture
    • Periprosthetic fracture
    • Metaphyseal nonunion
    • Open intraarticular fracture with bone loss


    • Comminuted patellar fracture
    • Ipsilateral shaft fracture with knee, or ipsilateral femur fracture with a distal femoral fracture
    • Floating knee
    • Medial tibial plateau fracture (Schatzker IV)(tibial plateau)
    • Optional: ACL/PCL disruption

    Proximal Tibia

    • Tibial plateau fracture compartment syndrome
    • Periprosthetic fracture
    • Bicondylar tibial plateau with posterolateral involvement
    • Posterior tibial plateau fracture

    Tibial Shaft

    • Open type (3B) tibial fracture
    • Tibial plateau with tibial shaft fracture
    • Infected tibial diaphyseal fracture
    • Proximal third tibial shaft fracture

    Distal Tibia and Pilon

    • Distal third tibial shaft fracture
    • B-type pilon fracture with posterior fragments
    • Open C-type pilon fracture
    • Metaphyseal pilon nonunion


    • Ankle fracture and syndesmosis injury
    • Open ankle fracture dislocation
    • Tri-malleolar fracture
    • Concomitant tibial shaft and ankle fractures
  • Anatomical Specimen Workshops

    Anterior approaches

    • Hip
    • Distal femur
    • Subvastus approach to the distal femur, including approach to medial femoral condyle
    • Anterolateral approach to the tibial plateau with lateral femoral condyle osteotomy

    Posterior approaches

    • Posterolateral approach to the hip joint
    • Tibial plateau approach: posterolateral (with fibular osteotomy)
    • Tibial plateau approach: direct posterior
    • Posteromedial and posterolateral approaches to the distal tibia

Course details may be subject to change. Please check your chosen date and location for the detailed program.

Target audience

  • Orthopedic and trauma surgeons with at least 3 years of post-residency experience who want to develop expertise in lower extremity fracture care.
  • Surgeons with many years of experience who want to update their knowledge.

Course impressions


The curriculum is based upon 9 competencies:

  1. Manage immediate problems (life- and limb-threatening issues) related to trauma of the lower limb
  2. Assess the patient, order imaging, and document and interpret the findings
  3. Make the diagnosis for fractures and associated injuries to the hip, femur, knee, tibia, and ankle
  4. Communicate with the patient and family/relatives
  5. Define a treatment plan and timing based on the options and the patient
  6. Anticipate, address, and avoid problems and complications (nonunion, malunion, deformity, infection, etc)
  7. Organize and communicate common objectives and planning with healthcare team
  8. Perform the operative or nonoperative procedures for metaphyseal, diaphyseal, and open fractures
  9. Plan immediate and long-term postoperative care, and assess outcomes

What does competency-based curriculum development mean?

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Lower extremity education taskforce

Lower extremity education taskforce is a group of experts who build and continously improve our educational program. It consists of three international program editors (IPEs).

Lisa Blackrick (US)

Term: 2022–2027

Robinson Esteves (BR)

Term: 2022–2026

Hiroaki Minehara (JP)

Term: 2023–2025

See a full list of all regional program contributors and past international program editors.

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