AO Trauma START hand module online

Example of an interactive hand case featuring surgeon Paul Binhammer

AO Trauma has released the long-awaited publication of the AO Trauma Surgical Training and Assessment for Residents (START) hand module, the first 2021 addition to the learning hub for residents.

In the module, authors Paul Binhammer (Canada), Kyle Bickel (United States), and Terry Axelrod (Canada) address injuries such as proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joint fracture dislocations, acute scaphoid fractures, and the Bennett fracture of the thumb, to name a few, as well as different fixation techniques.

After months of work, and an unexpected halt in the production phase due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these three clinical experts in their field present five interactive, video-based case discussions as well as several multiple-choice quizzes and self-assessment activities, ranging from basic to complex levels.

The content is aligned with the learning objectives defined in the AO Trauma Residents Education Program.

Log on to the AO Trauma START website now and start improving your skills on hand fractures.


More about AO Trauma START

AO Trauma START is an award-winning interactive, online learning hub designed to support orthopedic trauma residents with self-paced learning. It also provides residency program directors and supervisors with enriched, evidence-based material that is relevant to their learners.

The online hub provides three distinct learning strategies appealing to different learning styles and promotes reflection. The three offerings include:

  • Interactive case discussions to enhance clinical reasoning skills and reinforce AO principles
  • Self-assessment options, like quizzes and tests, to identify personal knowledge gaps
  • Easy access to AO learning resources to help close knowledge gaps and expand on surgical knowledge

The aim of AOTrauma START is to provide residents with a safe, highly interactive environment that provides feedback for learning and self-assessment.

To access AO Trauma START on your desktop computer, laptop, or iPad, simply register at

Download the brochure and share with your hospital and colleagues today!