Continuing the AO Tradition—Right From Your Living Room
04 May 2021
AO Fireside Tradition
In the early years of AO courses, it became a tradition among faculty and learners to gather around the lodge’s fireplace after a busy day of working and skiing in the Swiss Alps. While warming themselves with woodfire and schnapps, they would discuss challenging cases and trade tips on best practices for tackling them.
Their conversations flowed in a candid, constructive way. No judgement was passed, and anyone could listen or share. These fireside chats acted as an informal, safe, and trusted environment conducive to learning on its most fundamental level—the exchange of human experience.
Demands of Surgeon Learners
Practicing surgeons who want to attend highly specialized courses might find it challenging to do so. A survey conducted by the American College of Surgeons found that 90% of the trauma surgeons who responded work more than 60 hours a week, and almost half of that group work over 80 hours a week.
At any moment, surgeons could be inundated with cases ranging from splinting a sprained finger to managing a fractured pelvis. Courses requiring long-distance travel and/or heavy workloads would likely take time away from seeing patients.Practicing surgeons need customized learning experiences that are relevant to their practice and accessible within the boundaries of their working lives. AO NA’s response to this need is the AO Trauma NA Fireside Series.
A Digital Solution
Rather than spending a weekend attending a course in-person or making a commitment to a series of online sessions, the AO Trauma NA Fireside Series allows surgeons to join experts in candid, constructive conversations from the comforts of their homes.
Each 90-minute session is dedicated to a different region-specific problem fracture. Participants will gather critical insights into these cases and gain expert perspectives on fracture management. Participants are encouraged to bring examples from their own practice for feedback.