Clinical training modules for operating room personnel

AO Clinical Training Modules for ORP support nurses, technicians, and operating room personnel 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.

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What are AO Trauma clinical training modules for ORP?

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

These modules are developed by the AO Trauma ORP education taskforce and are aligned with the AO Trauma curriculum for ORP.  More information about the Curriculum and taskforce can be find here.

The content of CTMs can easily be tailored to the educational needs of the local participants.  They are short, focused educational sessions, promoting reflection and discussion, featuring hands-on demonstrations and self-assessment of participants at the beginning and at the end of the training.

  • If you are interested in CTMs as a participant, please reach out to an AO faculty in your hospital. In case you don't know any AO contact, we can support you in finding your local contact person. Please contact us at  

  • If you are interested to run CTMs as AO faculty, please find more information below.
ORP hospital based education

FAQs on Clinical Training Modules for ORP

  • 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 faculty, who have completed the Faculty Education Program (FEP), 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 trained 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, Greek, Russian, and Spanish.

  • Is a certificate provided?

    A certificate of completion is provided after the event.

Do you want to run a Clinical Training Module in your hospital?

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


If you

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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)