AO Trauma Course—Basic Principles of Fracture Management


December 1-6, 2019


Sergei Fischer, Brazil
Nir Cohen, Israel

Course Goal

The AO Trauma Course—Basic Principles of Fracture Management is part of a newly developed educational program teaching fundamental principles and current concepts in the treatment of injuries, incorporating the latest techniques in operative fracture management. The AO Trauma Basic Principles course is the initial step along the path of lifelong learning in the area of operative fracture management and the main focus of this course is on teaching the basic principles of fracture management.

Target participants

The AO Trauma Course—Basic Principles of Fracture Management is targeted at surgical trainees and also open to certified orthopedic and trauma surgeons who are interested in furthering their knowledge and skills in operative fracture management.

Learning objectives  

At the end of this course participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the concepts of stability, their influence on bone healing, and how to apply implants to achieve appropriate stability
  • Plan a treatment based on assessment, imaging, classification and decision-making
  • Apply reduction techniques in fracture management with attention to the importance of the soft-tissue
  • Use appropriate fixation techniques to treat diaphyseal and simple (peri)articular fractures
  • Identify and discuss the special problems related to:
    - Fractures in the immature skeleton
    - Pelvic injuries
    - Osteoporotic fractures
    - Postoperative infection
    - Delayed union and/or nonunion
  • Plan the initial treatment of the polytraumatized patient

Course description

This AO Trauma Basic Principles of Fracture Management course is part of AO Trauma's educational program for residents and is based on a specific framework of competencies and learning outcomes. They feature a balanced mix of educational methods with a strong focus on interactive sessions.

Online precourse self-assessment prepares participants for the course and allows the faculty to tailor the course to the needs of the participants. Before attending, participants are expected to complete online modules on bone healing and classification.

The course will consist of several evidence-based lectures which will cover the key information required. In practical exercises participants will be trained in the application of various techniques.

The AO Skills Lab consists of ten stations where participants will learn about the principles of fractures and test fracture management options. Discussing cases in small groups will help participants to understand decision-making and management skills.

After the course an online postcourse self-assessment will provide participants with important feedback on how much they have learned.

Course Program

Please find a course program on the upper right side of this page.

Pricing, Payment options and information

CHF 2250
Credit card payments are preferred

Cancellation will be charged as follows:
50% until 30 days before the event. No refund thereafter.
Participants should make sure they have cancellation insurance.

If you cannot pay via credit card you can request an invoice. Please note that we will charge you a  CHF 30 handling fee in addition to the participant fee. Please therefore contact us and indicate the official invoice address of the paying person or entity as well as a respective email address the invoice has to be sent to.


  • Course bag
  • Welcome cocktail and course reception
  • Course material
  • Coffee breaks
  • Lunch
  • Business center at course venue

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Course Program—AO Trauma Course—Basic Principles of Fracture Mangement