Basic Principles of Fracture Management Essentials 2021

Learn to apply the AO principles of fracture management to trauma and trauma reconstruction February 4 to March 25

This course is the foundation for the AO Trauma North America curriculum, which teaches the surgeon how to manage trauma and trauma reconstruction. The goal of this course is to provide fundamental knowledge of the operative treatment of fractures so participants may carry out surgery based upon appropriate preoperative planning, decision-making, and surgical approaches.

Participants will access live Zoom™ sessions and self-study materials through Totara, our "one-stop shop" online portal.

All AO North America resident courses are developed and consistent with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) competencies and specialty-specific Milestones program.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to
Apply the AO principles of fracture fixation to trauma and trauma reconstruction
Discuss the concepts of stability, their influence on bone healing, and how to apply implants to achieve appropriate stability
Plan a treatment based on assessment, imaging, classification, and decision making
Apply reduction techniques in fracture management with attention to the importance of the soft-tissue
Apply related psychomotor skills to the practical application of orthopedic implants to fractured bones
Plan the initial treatment of the polytraumatized patient
Apply the concepts of absolute and relative stability of soft tissue injury to each limb segment’s major fracture types

Topic Date Time
Soft Tissue and Bone Healing 2-4-21 8:00-8:45 PM EST
Absolute Stability 2-11-21 8:00-8:45 PM EST
Relative Stability 2-18-21 8:00-9:30 PM EST
Diaphyseal Fractures 2-25-21 8:00-9:30 PM EST
Upper Extremity Articular 3-4-21 8:00-8:45 PM EST
Lower Extremity Articular 3-11-21 8:00-9:30 PM EST
Polytrauma and Pelvis 3-18-21 8:00-8:45 PM EST
Special Fracture Problems 3-25-21 8:00-9:00 PM EST

Course chairs

Jason Lowe, MD

Jason Lowe, MD

Carla Smith, MD, PhD

Carla Smith, MD, PhD


  • Jaimo Ahn, MD, PhD
  • Mohammad Alzahrani, MBBS, MSc, FRCS(C)
  • Sharon Babcock, MD
  • Jennifer Bruggers, MD
  • Eben Carroll, MD
  • Brett Crist, MD
  • Benjamin Geer, MD
  • Leah Gitajn, MD
  • Jennifer Hagen, MD
  • A.Michael Harris, MD
  • Joseph Hoegler, MD
  • Emily Keener, DO
  • Michael Leslie, DO
  • Carol Lin, MD, MA
  • Milton Little, MD
  • Jeffrey Low, MD
  • Meir Marmor, MD
  • Toni McLaurin, MD, MS
  • Anna Miller, MD, FACS
  • Gele Moloney, MD
  • Charles Moon, MD, FAAOS
  • John Munz, MD
  • Rafael Neiman, MD
  • Holly Pilson, MD
  • David Potter, MD
  • Sara Putnam, MD
  • Mitesh Shah, MD
  • David Shearer, MD, MPH
  • Joel Williams, MD
  • Richard Yoon, MD, FAAOS
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