AO Trauma Course—Advanced Principles of Fracture Management for Swiss Surgeons


December 1-6, 2019


Näder Helmy, Switzerland
Christian Candrian, Switzerland 

Course Goal

The AO Trauma Course—Advanced Principles of Fracture Management for Swiss Surgeons—is part of a newly developed educational program teaching current concepts and fundamental principles in the treatment of injuries incorporating the latest techniques in operative fracture management. The AO Trauma Advanced Principles course builds upon the AO Principles and techniques learned in the AO Trauma Basic Principles course and focuses on more complex injuries.

Target participants

The AO Trauma Course—Advanced Principles of Fracture Management for Swiss Surgeons is targeted at surgeons at the threshold of becoming independent surgeons and taking over decision-making responsibility for the treatment of complex injuries. ie, residents in their fourth to sixth year training intending to specialize in general surgery or in orthopaedic surgery in a Swiss hospital with a commitment to trauma.

It builds upon the AO Principles and techniques of the Basic Principles course, making it necessary for participants to have completed the AO Trauma Course—Basic Principles of Fracture Management and they must be actively involved in trauma management.

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Support and explain a treatment strategy in advanced fracture treatment
  • Apply reduction techniques in fracture management with special attention to the soft-tissue
  • Assess and treat complex fractures using advanced and specific techniques
  • Demonstrate strategies for assessing and treating open fractures and soft-tissue injuries, as well as managing polytrauma patients
  • Outline, classify, and formulate a treatment plan for pelvic injuries, as well as acetabular fractures
  • Identify and understand the reasons for complications and manage them accordingly

Course description

This AO Trauma Advanced Principles of Fracture Management for Swiss Surgeons course is one of several competency-based curriculum events in 2019 which are 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 the course, participants are expected to complete an online module on reduction techniques.

The course will be taught in a modular format. Each module consists of several evidence-based lectures, which will cover the key information required. Discussing cases in small groups will help participants to understand decision-making and management skills. Debates and interactive sessions will promote interactivity between faculty and course participants. In practical exercises participants will be trained in the application of various techniques.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own cases for discussion with the faculty or to be presented during lectures.

At the end of the course, participants should be able to manage complex fractures according to soft-tissue management and AO principles.

After the course an online postcourse self-assessment will help participants to assess how much they have learned.

Course Program

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

Pricing, Payment Options and Information

CHF 2300
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 / course reception
  • Course material
  • Coffee breaks
  • Lunch
  • Business center at course venue

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Course Program—AO Trauma Course—Advanced Principles of Fracture Mangement for Swiss Surgeons