AO Trauma Masters Course—Current Concepts—Lower Extremity II (Distal Femur and Patella–Femoral and Tibial Shaft–Malleolar)


December 1-6, 2019


Chad Coles, Canada
Brian Bernstein, South Africa

Course structure

This 5-day, Masters-level course comprises four 1-day modules. Participants also select two from a wide choice of 1-day self-directed learning modules.

Course Goal

The goal of this course is to increase knowledge and skills for managing difficult and complex cases. State-of-the-art techniques and approaches, best practices for treatment, and the management of complications will all be addressed at a high level.

Target participants

Participants must have completed the AO Trauma Basic Principles and Advanced Principles courses. They must be actively involved in orthopedic trauma management and preferably have at least five years of experience post residency in trauma surgery. Participants must be willing to share their ideas and be able to communicate well in English.

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recall reduction techniques and challenges in treating fractures of the distal femur, patella, and malleoli to optimize patient outcomes
  • Avoid, identify, and treat complications associated with distal femoral, patellar, and malleolar fractures
  • Manage complex tibial and femoral shaft fractures, and their complications
  • Discuss the role of the posterior malleolus in restoring ankle stability
  • Interpret preoperative imaging to determine the surgical approach for distal femoral and complex malleolar fractures
  • Perform approaches to the distal femur and patella (lateral and medial)
  • Perform approaches for malleolar fractures (posteromedial and posterolateral)

Course description

Current Concepts courses and modules address the latest techniques and best practices in operative fracture management to deal with complex orthopedic trauma problems. The course includes many case presentations and open group discussions moderated by experts in the field. Best evidence is presented through summary lectures and practical exercises, and simulations are integrated where appropriate.

Course program

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

Pricing, payment options and information

CHF 4350
Credit card payments are preferred.

Cancellation will be charged as follows:
50% up to 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 Masters Course—Current Concepts—Lower Extremity II