AO Trauma Competency-Based Curriculum Courses

Learn more about the AO Trauma’s competency-based curriculum courses and explore our educational events.

The competency-based AO Trauma curricula and the content for the AO Trauma courses are developed in a backward-planning process, ensuring that our education is focused on addressing patient problems and improving patient care.

Collaborative expert input is the foundation for building exceptional educational activities, integrating sound adult education concepts. A robust global framework supports the consistent delivery of core concepts globally and the adherence to highest-quality standards.

A taskforce of surgeon experts, appointed by the Education Forum and supported by the AO Education Institute, continuously integrates new best practices from educational research into the dynamic programs to ensure a continuous improvement process, fuelled by ongoing assessment and evaluation.

AO Trauma Curriculum Courses


This program offers a wide range of face-to-face and self-directed learning in orthopedic trauma management.

AO Trauma Course—Basic Principles of Fracture Management

AO Trauma Course—Advanced Principles of Fracture Management

Foot and ankle

These courses teach current concepts and techniques of complex foot and ankle surgery, aiming at full functional restoration of the injured foot.

AO Trauma Course—Foot and Ankle Trauma and Reconstruction

AO Trauma Course—Foot and Ankle Trauma

AO Trauma Course—Foot and Ankle Reconstruction


Explore the interdisciplinary program related to fragility fractures and orthogeriatrics.

AO Trauma Course—Fracture Care in Older Adults

AO Trauma Course—Operative Fragility Fracture Management


Experience an interactive learning environment focusing on pediatric fracture management.

AO Trauma Course—Managing Pediatric Fractures

Pelvis and acetabulum

Discover a comprehensive curriculum developed by the pelvis education taskforce.

AO Trauma Course—Pelvic and Acetabular Fracture Management

Operating Room Personnel (ORP)

This program provides competency-based education for ORP (nurses & technicians) to develop expertise in traumatology.

AO Trauma Basic Principles of Fracture Management for ORP

AO Trauma Advanced Principles of Fracture Management for ORP

Periprosthetic fractures

Program jointly developed by a committee of surgeon experts from both orthopedic trauma and reconstructive surgery

AO Trauma/AO Recon Course—Comprehensive Periprosthetic Fracture Management of the Hip and Knee

Upper extremity

This curriculum provides a robust and flexible educational framework.

AO Trauma Course—Upper Extremity Trauma

AO Trauma Course—Shoulder and Elbow Trauma

AO Trauma Course—Shoulder Trauma

Lower extremity

This new curriculum addresses the needs of practicing surgeons managing injuries of the lower extremity.

AO Trauma Masters Course—Lower Extremity Trauma

Soft-tissue management

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