Children and adolescents present a unique challenge in trauma care because they are so different from adults. The risks to injured children and adolescents can be significantly reduced with the provision of appropriate care.

Pediatrics education taskforce

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

Pedro Jorba (MX)

Term: 2022–2024

T Matsumura

Tomohiro Matsumura (JP)

Term: 2023–2025

Khalid Khoshhal (SA)

Term: 2024 – 2026

Regional Program Contributors (RPCs)

Asia Pacific
John Mukhopadhaya (India)
Michael To (Hong Kong)

Europe and Southern Africa
Wolfgang Schlickewei (Germany)
Manuel Cassiano Neves (Portugal)

Middle East and Northern Africa
Firas Suleiman (Jordan)
Yaqoub Al Mufargi (Oman)

Latin America
Ana Maria Fereirra Paccola (Brazil)
Pedro Henrique Mendes (Brazil)

North America
Richard Reynolds (USA)
Samantha Spencer (USA)

AO Curriculum Development Manager:

Michael Cunningham

Past taskforce members

  • Past IPEs

    Matej Kastelec (Slovenia), 2018–2023
    Daniel Green (USA), 2020–2022
    Mamoun Kremli (Saudi Arabia), 2018–2021
    Jamil Faissal Soni (Brazil), 2017–2019
    Jonathan Dwyer (UK), 2011–2017
    James Hui (Singapore), 2015–2017
    Richard Reynolds (USA), 2014–2016
    Theddy Slongo (Switzerland), 2011–2014 
    Dalia Sepulveda (Chile), 2012–2013

  • Past RPCs
    Saw Aik (Malaysia)
    Stefan Colyn (South Africa)
    Sergio Nossa (Colombia)
    Mamoun Kremli (Saudi Arabia)
    Mahmoud Odat (Jordan)
    Daniel Green (USA)
    Jamil Soni (Brazil)
    James Hui (Singapore)
    Pedro Jorba (Mexico)

Program description

The AO Trauma Course—Pediatric Fracture Management offers an interactive learning environment based on clinical experience for demonstrating, applying, and discussing the principles and techniques of today's fracture management in children and adolescents. The content is mainly covered through various formats of case-based discussions, and practical exercises provide the opportunity to apply and practice fixation techniques unique to pediatric fracture management.

Events defined in the curriculum

AO Trauma Course—Managing Pediatric Fractures (2.5 days)


Target audiences

Pediatrics specialists early in their career

Generalists (orthopedics) spending about 20 percent of their time on trauma (including community surgeons)

Pediatrics experts

Trauma surgeons

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Manual of Fracture Management—Foot and Ankle

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

  1. Recognize that the outcome of similar injury patterns varies with a child’s age and adapt treatment accordingly
  2. Manage relationships with patient and parents/relatives
  3. Establish the natural history and decide on a treatment strategy
  4. Assess the patient based on developmental status and make decisions based on available team/infrastructure
  5. Perform the chosen treatment procedure
  6. Perform and document short- and long-term follow-up; apply findings to decision making
  7. Diagnose and treat septic arthritis in a timely manner
  8. Recognize and address signs and patterns of nonaccidental injury
  9. Diagnose and treat slipped capital femoral epiphysis
  10. Manage acquired and congenital deformity
  11. Manage pathological bone
  12. Recognize and stabilize the pediatric polytrauma patient

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.

AO Trauma voices

“Our learners are constantly challenging us to be innovative and to develop more meaningful ways to share our expertise with them. This new AO Trauma pediatrics curriculum applies new learning approaches to impart the knowledge and skills they need to perform their best.”

Jonathan Dwyer, past member of the pediatrics education taskforce