Competency-based education for operating room personnel

Courses with hands-on practical exercises, hospital-based clinical trainings, and e-learning opportunities help operating room personnel (ORP) worldwide to develop expertise in traumatology.

Operating room personnel education taskforce

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

Srisuk Wacharin (TH)

Term: 2021–2023

Faraj Salameh (JO)

Term: 2021–2023

Jeanine Schnider-Kuhn (CH)

Term: 2022–2024

Ali Alyami (SA)

Term: 2022–2024

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

Target audiences

All operating room personnel involved in operative fracture management:

  • Nurses
  • Technicians

Curriculum events

Our main course offering is the Basic Principles of Fracture Management for ORP, a competency-based course with hands-on practical exercises, case discussions and short, focused lectures.

Search AO Trauma courses for ORP worldwide.

In addition, a series of clinical training modules (CTM) for ORP are available: CTMs are short educational sessions of 2.5 to 3.5 hours, which support ORP with their continuing nursing education at the point-of-care (hospital).

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ORP videos

Watch clinical videos, practical exercise videos, and recorded lectures that are part of our ORP Educational Program.

Faculty center

For AO faculty only: access information on faculty roles, program templates, lectures, outlines for small group discussions, and more.

Handouts on selected course topics (German)

The following handouts for course participants have been prepared for selected lectures in the AO Trauma Basic Principles of Fracture Management for ORP course:

Schrauben – Form und Funktion
Platten – Form und Funktion


The AO Trauma curriculum for ORP is based upon 9 competencies:

  • Ensure that the patient is adequately prepared for the procedure.
  • Carefully prepare all equipment, instruments and implants required for safe surgery.
  • Demonstrate and ensure optimal communication and successful teamwork skills.
  • Position the patient to allow best surgical access whilst maintaining the patient’s safety.
  • Define the basic principles of fracture fixation to ensure effective nursing management of the procedure.
  • Demonstrate correct use of instruments and support the optimal surgical application.
  • Implement and respect standards of best practice for infection control.
  • Implement and respect standards of best practice to ensure occupational health and safety.
  • Implement and respect standards of best practice in patient documentation, confidentiality and data protection.

¿Habla usted español? Parlez-vous Français? 你會說中文嗎?Interested in finding out about ORP events in your country?

AO Trauma ORP fosters education of ORP around the world: our network of more than 250 AO Trauma ORP faculty in 40 countries run approximately 50 courses annually and organize clinical training for ORP in local hospitals. Your local contact person can be appointed, please contact

Become part of the AO Trauma ORP faculty team

If you are an experienced ORP and keen on supporting others to learn about and apply AO principles, you may be interested in becoming an AO Trauma ORP faculty. Read our brochure to learn about the selection criteria and application process.

Competency-based education

Learn more about our approach to education.


To provide feedback or input to this education taskforce, or have questions to the curriculum email the ORP Program Manager Isabel van Rie Richards or the curriculum support team.

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