Lower extremity curriculum

Providing a modular educational framework, this new curriculum addresses the needs of practicing surgeons managing injuries of the lower extremity.

Lower extremity education taskforce

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

Marco Berlusconi (CH)

Term: 2019–2022

Lisa Blackrick (US)

Term: 2022–2024

Robinson Esteves (BR)

Term: 2022–2024

See a full list of all regional program contributors and past international program editors.

Program description

The curriculum provides a modular framework for teaching the current management of patient problems related to trauma of the lower limb, discussed in a highly interactive setting. It covers fractures and soft-tissue injuries from the femoral head and neck to the ankle as well as joint injuries and dislocations (the acute trauma phase and the posttraumatic sequelae such as malunion, nonunion, infection, etc).

The high level of interactivity is built-in to the module structures in all of the defined educational events. A combination of evidence-based lectures, small-group case discussions, and dissection and fixation procedures on anatomical specimens will be used to deliver the content to improve knowledge and skills in the key surgical techniques and in related care for a truly hands-on experiential learning experience.

Lectures are limited and used to introduce the challenges related to each anatomical region and to establish common terminology and approaches as well as to summarize the evidence for current management. Most of the content is, however, delivered through small group discussions, where structured cases integrate the learning objectives from the curriculum. The setting at round tables provides an environment for the participants that support the development of decision-making and management skills.

Educational events defined in the curriculum:

AO Trauma Masters Course—Lower Extremity Trauma (3 days)
AO Trauma Masters Course— Femur Trauma (femoral head to distal femur, 1.5-2 days)
AO Trauma Masters Course— Trauma around the Knee (1.5-2 days)
AO Trauma Masters Course—Tibia and Fibula Trauma (plateau to pilon, 1.5-2 days) 

Target audience

  • Orthopedic and trauma surgeons with at least 3 years of post-residency experience who want to develop expertise in lower extremity fracture care or surgeons with many years of experience who want to update their knowledge. 
  • Participants should also have completed the AOTrauma Course—Advanced Principles of Fracture Management. 


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To address feedback or questions to this education taskforce, email the Curriculum Development Manager Kokeb Andenmatten or the curriculum support team.