AO Trauma Masters Course—Current Concepts—Tips from the Masters (Difficult Cases Through the Eyes of Master Surgeons)


December 1-6, 2019


Christoph Sommer, Switzerland
Rodrigo Pesantez Hoyos, Colombia

Course structure

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

Course Goal

The course will demonstrate how senior AO surgeons collect data, organize and use evidence-based medicine to plan, and operationalize a very tough clinical trauma case. This will be shown in multiple ways in different anatomical scenarios so participants can learn how to plan and organize their next difficult trauma case.

Target participants

Surgeons who are experienced in the care of the trauma patient, but who wish to have an in-depth look at many very difficult clinical problems. Participants will want to “look over the shoulder” of the senior AO surgeon as they solve the toughest trauma cases.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Apply evidence-based medicine to decision making in difficult and complex trauma cases
  • Apply biomechanical principles to decision making in difficult and complex trauma cases
  • Develop and implement a preoperative plan for all stages of difficult trauma cases
  • Implement operative treatment decisions with planned clinical outcomes
  • Recognize and manage unusual and rare clinical problems
  • Identify performance gaps in practice and implement strategies to fill these gaps

Course description

This course is delivered as four case-based modules per day, thereby covering 11 difficult trauma fractures and injuries in depth over 3 days. Each module is delivered by one very experienced AO Trauma faculty member who will present a challenging trauma scenario that requires in-depth investigation, planning, operative intervention, and rehabilitation. Participants work through every step of the case along with the faculty member, and the faculty member then presents their plan, outcomes, best available evidence, and their philosophy on the management of the problem. During each module, participants will form small groups of three to make a preoperative plan—one or more groups will be invited to present their plan and there will be awards for the best plans throughout the course.

Course Program

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

Pricing, Payment options and information

CHF 3980
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—Tips from the Masters