Mission and values
- Improving performance through education
- Optimizing clinical treatment pathways and guidelines
- Promoting innovation through research and development
Our purpose is to serve as a credible and validated resource for continuing professional development in North America, specifically for orthopedic trauma, spine, craniomaxillofacial, and veterinary surgeons. We provide solutions that facilitate and enable learning from and with each other. By doing so, we build a community that fosters the AO spirit of camaraderie and encourages the exchange of knowledge and expertise.
Honesty, strong moral principles and ethics
CamaraderieA network of friends and colleagues with a common sense of purpose and passion
Highest standards of quality, efficiency, and effectiveness
Openness, communication, and accountability
The AO is an international network of surgeons specializing in the treatment of trauma and musculoskeletal disorders. The AO recognizes that a diverse and inclusive community of surgeons, operating room personnel, health care professionals, and researchers is of paramount importance in its mission of promoting excellence in patient care and outcomes.
The AO will focus on recruiting staff, faculty, and leaders that represent the cornerstone of this diverse, global, network. The AO is committed to cultivating diverse leaders who are passionate about advancing its mission and enhancing its position as a world leader in education, research, innovation, and clinical practice.
Click here to learn about AO Access—the AO's diversity, inclusion, and membership initiative.