Basic Principles of Fracture Management for Swiss Surgeons (on-site participation)

December 2, 2020 - December 6, 2020

Course description

This AO Trauma Basic Principles of Fracture Management for Swiss Surgeons course is part of AO Trauma's educational program for residents and is based on a specific framework of competencies and learning outcomes. The course features 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.


Alex Schallberger


Christian von der Lippe


Course goal

The AO Trauma Course—Basic Principles of Fracture Management for Swiss Surgeons is part of an innovative 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

This AO Trauma Course—Basic Principles of Fracture Management for Swiss Surgeons is targeted at surgical trainees (first- to third-year surgical trainees) and is also open to newly certified orthopedic and trauma surgeons, who are interested in furthering their knowledge and skills in operative fracture management.

All surgeons working at Swiss hospitals, including those who are not Swiss (ie, those of European or international origin) are allowed to participate in this course.

Learning objectives

Upon completion 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.
  • Read and analyze the X-ray of a fracture properly and apply the AO/OTA Fracture and Dislocation Classification.
  • Plan a treatment based on assessment, imaging, classification, and decision making.
  • Outline and use the AO principles in the treatment of diaphyseal and simple articular fractures.
  • Apply the knowledge of soft-tissue injury in making appropriate decisions regarding treatment options and timing.
  • Identify and discuss the special problems related to:
  • Fractures in the immature skeleton
  • Pelvic injuries
  • Osteoporotic fractures
  • Postoperative infection
  • Delayed union and/or nonunion



CHF 1750

Credit card payments are preferred.

Cancellation will be charged as follows:

50 percent 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.


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