AO Trauma blended course on ‘Basic Principles of Fracture Management’ begins in Mysuru


Renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. N. Nithyanand Rao oversees the 3-day event in the city as co-chair

Mysore/Mysore: The three-day blended AO Trauma Course on “Basic Principles of Fracture Management” has started simultaneously in four locations across India, including Mysuru.

Post MS and DNB orthopedic surgeons from different states are participating in the program which is being held in two groups at four sites – Dehradun, Ranchi, Kolhapur and Mysuru – from July 15 to July 17.

Renowned city orthopedist Dr. N. Nithyanand Rao of ‘Nischira’ is the co-chair of this blended course which is held at the Jyothi Hall of the Southern Star Hotel on Vinobha Road, Mysuru.

Dr. Sudhir Kumar from Shree Jagannath Hospital & Research Center, Ranchi is the chairman while Dr. Vidisha Kulkarni from GSK Ortho Hospital, Kolhapur and Dr. Sudhir Kumar Garg from Government Medical College & Hospital, Dehradun are the other two co-chairmen. This mixed course is followed and structured from AO Switzerland.

The AO (Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Osteosynthesefragen) or Association for the Study of Internal Fixation (ASIF) was established by a group of Swiss general and orthopedic surgeons in 1958 to strive to transform contemporary fracture treatment in Switzerland .

Zoom online talks and teachings for three consecutive weekends have been held in the four centers across the country since last month and now they are being held again in Mysuru, Dehradun, Ranchi and Kolhapur. The course includes lectures, bone model workshops and intense interactive sessions.

The AO spends 60% of its funds on this education worldwide and the teachers of the current course are experienced surgeons from Manipal, Mangaluru and Bengaluru.

Course objective: It teaches the fundamental principles and current concepts of the treatment of injuries, incorporating the latest techniques in the operative management of fractures. The Basic Principles of AO Trauma course is the first step on the path to lifelong learning in the field of operative fracture management and the primary focus of this course lies in the principles basics of fracture management.

Dr. N. Nithyanand Rao addressing the participants.

Target Participants: Physicians in surgical training, but is also open to those wishing to deepen their knowledge and skills in the operative management of fractures.

This mixed course is composed of an online part and a face-to-face part (F2F). The online portion starts 3 weeks before the F2F event and each week consists of 2 distance learning modules followed by a synchronous online small group case discussion. Participants must complete the online component before attending the face-to-face course.

At the end 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; Plan treatment based on assessment, imaging, classification and decision making; Apply reduction techniques in the management of fractures paying attention to the importance of soft tissues; Evaluate and recognize particular problems related to immature skeletal fractures, pelvic injuries, osteoporotic fractures, postoperative infections and delayed union and/or non-union, among others.

AO is the leading innovator in the surgical treatment of fractures and bone disorders. Innovation at AO spans from the bench to the bedside, including basic research, product development, clinical validation and valorization. Today, AO has a global network of over 4,60,000 healthcare professionals. Each year, AO offers more than 775 educational events around the world, supported by nearly 7,000 faculty and attended by more than 98,000 participants. It has approximately 18,500 surgeon-members working in the fields of trauma, spine, craniomaxillofacial, veterinary and reconstructive surgery.


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