As the global population ages, the need for improved fragility fracture care grows. The AO Trauma curriculum follows a comprehensive approach addressing challenges of fracture care and orthogeriatric co-management.

Orthogeriatrics education taskforce

The Orthogeriatrics education taskforce is a group of experts who build and continuously improve our educational program. It consists of three international program editors (IPEs).

Joseph Nicholas (US)

Term: 2020–2025

Hitendra K Doshi (SG)

Term: 2021–2024

Carlos Maria Olarte Salazar (CO)

Term: 2022—2024

Regional Program Contributors (RPCs)

Asia Pacific
Noratep Kulachote (Thailand)
Ji-Wan Kim (South Korea)

Europe and Southern Africa
An Sermon (Belgium)
Daniel Wenger (Sweden)

Middle East and Northern Africa
Emad Saweeres (Egypt)
Muhammad Usman Sarwar (Pakistan)

Latin America
Ana Milena López Salazar (Colombia)
Jose Eduardo Grandi (Brazil)

North America
Anna Miller (USA)
Lynn McNicoll (USA)

AO Curriculum Development Manager:

Michael Cunningham

Past taskforce members

  • Past IPEs
    Emilio Fantin (Argentina), 2017–2020
    Christian Kammerlander (Germany), 2016–2021
    Markus Gosch (Germany), 2017–2019
    Hazem Abdel Azeem (Egypt), 2014–2016
    Clifford Jones (USA), 2014–2016
    Katrin Singler (Germany), 2013–2016
    Tak Wing Lau (Hong Kong), 2013–2015
    Stephen Kates (USA), 2010–2013
    Michael Blauth (Austria), 2010–2013
    Cornel Sieber (Germany), 2010–2012
    Frankie Leung (Hong Kong), 2010–2012
  • Past RPCs
    Steve Schelkun (USA)
    Roger Harris (New Zealand)
    Wilson Li (Hong Kong)
    Bruce Twaddle (New Zealand)
    Han Hegeman (Netherlands)
    Hans-Christoph Pape (Germany)
    Norbert Suhm Switzerland
    Jorge Paz (Colombia)
    Simon Mears (USA)
    Daniel Mendelson (USA)
    Muhamad Usman Sarwar (Pakistan)
    Joseph Nicholas (USA)
    Hitendra K Doshi (Singapore)
    Tobias Roth (Austria)
    Hans Jürgen Heppner (Germany)
    Carl Neuerburg (Germany)
    Radwan Metwaly (Egypt)
    Sahar Usman (Pakistan)
    Tak Wing Lau (Hong Kong)
    Daniel Schweizer (Chile)
    Carlos Dominguez (Mexico)
    Eric Meinberg (USA)

Program description

The orthogeriatrics curriculum provides the framework for participants to learn how the overall care of the fragility fracture patient can be substantially improved. Since the fracture represents only one aspect, orthogeriatric comanagement of the patient from admission to completion of rehabilitation is the optimal approach. The AO Trauma Course—Fracture Care in Older Adults delivers the latest evidence as well as practical details on the comprehensive management of fragility fractures in older adults, with the aim of changing attitudes and improving the care of this patient group. An important focus is placed on small group work and discussions. The course consists of seven modules:

  • Module 1: preoperative phase
  • Module 2: operative phase
  • Module 3: upper extremity
  • Module 4: lower extremity
  • Module 5: practical exercises
  • Module 6: postoperative and rehabilitation phase
  • Module 7: orthogeriatric comanagement

Event defined in the curriculum

AO Trauma Course—Fracture Care in Older Adults

AO Trauma Course—Operative Fragility Fracture Managment (with anatomical specimen)


Target audiences

Practicing surgeons in orthopedic trauma, orthopedics, and general trauma

Geriatricians and other medicine physicians (eg, internal medicine, anesthesiology)

Residents/trainees (surgical and medical)

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Orthogers Mobile App

Discover this educational tool for health-care professionals managing older adults with fragility fractures.

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Geriatric Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation Journal (GOS).

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AO Videos

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NEW: Osteoporotic Fracture Care—Medical and Surgical Management

Minimally Invasive Plate Osteosynthesis—Second Expanded Edition (Chapter 24 Fragility Fractures) Periprosthetic Fracture Management (Chapter 3, section 3.1: Causes of and risk factors for periprosthetic fractures: Age)

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The education taskforce has identified the following competencies for this area of practice:

  1. Correctly fix fragility fractures as indicated
  2. Adapt treatment in line with aging
  3. Recognize comorbidities and polypharmacy
  4. Prevent, identify, and treat complications
  5. Address secondary prevention (osteoporosis, falls)
  6. Restore function early
  7. Apply the basic science of fixation and bone biology
  8. Initiate and comanage patient care with the healthcare team
  9. Build a system of care for fragility fractures
  10. Seek to restore and preserve functionality, independence, and quality of life

What does competency-based curriculum development mean?

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To address feedback or questions to this education taskforce, email the Curriculum Development Manager Michael Cunningham.