Clinical training modules for operating room personnel

AO Trauma clinical training modules support ORP with their continuing nursing education at the point-of-care (hospital). The single modules are short, focused educational sessions on basic principles of orthopedic trauma surgery.

What are AO Trauma clinical training modules for ORP?

Clinical training modules (CTM) are highly interactive educational sessions of 2.5 to 3.5 hours each, delivered by an AO Trauma faculty. They support operating room personnel (ORP) with their continuing nursing education at the point-of-care (hospital).

All modules are developed by the AO Trauma ORP education taskforce. They are aligned with the AO Trauma curriculum for ORP. Their content can easily be tailored to the educational needs of the local participants.

CTMs are short, focused educational sessions, promoting reflection, and discussion, hands-on demonstration and self-assessment of participants at the beginning and at the end of the training.

FAQs on AO Trauma CTMs

  • What topics do clinical training modules (CTMs) cover?

    All modules focus on important principles in fracture fixation.  

    • CTM 1—Introduction  
    • CTM 2—Osteosynthesis with plate and screws  
    • CTM 3—Osteosynthesis with intramedullary nail  
    • CTM 4—Osteosynthesis with tension band wire and external fixator 
    • CTM 5—Osteosynthesis of the proximal femur
    • CTM 6—Implant removal

    Participants should have completed CTM 1 before participating in any other CTM.

  • What material does a module contain?

    A CTM contains all material needed for the organization of the educational event. This may include precourse reading, lectures, videos, a user manual for organizers, a study guide for participants, pre- and postcourse assessments, etc.

  • Who can organize an AO Trauma clinical training?

    All AO Trauma faculty can organize a clinical training at their hospital.

  • Who should participate in a clinical training?

    The target audience for CTMs is ORP from the hospital where the training is organized. ORP of neighboring hospitals may join the event.

  • How many participants should be invited?

    Small groups of 8-20 participants are ideal. Larger groups do not provide the same opportunity for exchange and interaction between participants and between faculty and participants.

  • Who are the faculty involved in the clinical training?

    Teachers of a clinical training module are surgeons and ORP from the same hospital. The organizer of a clinical training must be an AO Trauma faculty member.

  • Can several modules be combined in one single event?

    It is not suggested to run more than 3 Clinical Training Modules in one training day. Ideally, one or two modules are delivered per training day. CTM 1 should be completed by all participants before additional modules are being taken. The other modules do not have to be delivered in any specific order.

  • In which language is the material provided?

    Currently all modules are available in English. Additionally, several modules are available in Dutch, French, German, and Spanish.

  • Is a certificate provided?

    A certificate of completion is provided by AO Trauma after the event.

Do you want to run an AO Trauma CTM in your hospital?

If you are an AO Trauma faculty and would like to organize such an event in your hospital, just fill in the online application form.


For more information about CTMs, please contact:

AO Trauma ORP 
Clavadelerstrasse 8
7270 Davos Platz


AO Trauma clinical training modules: an all-inclusive package for busy faculty

“Organizing an educational event with a clinical approach at my hospital was never so easy and smooth.”

Alberto López (ES)