Pelvis and acetabulum

Pelvic and acetabular fractures are among the most serious injuries treated by orthopedic surgeons and require rapid and precise treatment. In response, AO Trauma's pelvis education taskforce has defined a comprehensive curriculum to address these challenges.

Pelvis and acetabulum education taskforce

The pelvis and acetabulum education taskforce is a group of experts who build and continuously improve our educational program. It consists of three international program editors (IPEs).
J Barla

Jorge Barla (AR)

Term: 2018—2023

Giraldez MA

Miguel Angel Giraldez (ES)

Term: 2022–2024

Khaled Sherif-A

Sherif Ahmed Radwan Khaled (EG)

Term: 2023–2025

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

Program description

Curriculum hand wrist

The AO Trauma Pelvis and Acetabulum curriculum consists of 11 modules and aims to provide chairpersons with a range of options to combine for the educational event of the highest relevance to their audience and to fit a given participant expertise level and timeframe.

Online and blended variations of the event formats have been defined. A full-day (or multiple part days) anatomical specimen lab can be added when infrastructure is available.

Events defined in the curriculum

AO Trauma Course—Pelvic and Acetabular Fracture Management (3 days)
AO Trauma Course—Pelvic Fracture Management
AO Trauma Course—Acetabular Fracture Management


Target audiences

Surgeons whose primary need is to learn or improve skills in pelvic and acetabular surgery, from various training paths:

  • Orthopedics: sub-specialists, fellowship trained, pelvic-acetabular surgeons, general training
  • Trauma: fellowship training, general training

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AO Surgery Reference

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  1. Perform emergency clinical assessment with specific focus to pelvic ring and hemodynamic instability. Apply ATLS protocols
  2. Recognize when and how to perform emergency stabilization
  3. Perform secondary full patient assessment
  4. Order and interpret imaging evaluations
  5. Plan treatment—acute and definitive
  6. Assess the impact of comorbidities and concomitant injuries
  7. Plan and perform approach, reduction, and fixation
  8. Prevent, identify, and address complications
  9. Adapt treatment according to specific bone structure / quality
  10. Delineate and perform postoperative management protocol
  11. Perform salvage techniques

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