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All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Nagpur

Spotlight in Trauma Innovation Course

The Innovative course on Learning AO Fracture Classification of proximal Femur and Proximal Tibia- Spotlight in Trauma Innovation Course was designed to provide a comprehensive and hands-on learning experience for Orthopaedic Post Graduate residents interested in advancing their knowledge of AO fracture classification. The workshop was aimed to bridge the gap between theoretical understanding and practical application of the AO classification system, fostering a more adept and skilled healthcare workforce. The workshop was attended by 48 postgraduate students from six Medical Schools in the region.

The workshop consisted theoretical lectures, practical sessions, and case studies) (Detailed Program attached). Expert speakers (AO faculty) delivered lectures on the principles of AO classification, highlighting its significance in treatment planning. (Surgical approach and type of fixation

Practical sessions were conducted using anatomical bone model. Participants were divided in six groups of 8 each. Each group was asked to draw different sections of AO classification of Proximal femur and Proximal Tibia on saw bone models with marker pen.

A representative from each group then presented the classification and treatment plan for each fracture pattern. The other groups were asked to critically analyse and reflect. The faculty provided structured feedback to the group. This ensured deep understanding of the classification system in a clinical context.

Each group then created a type fracture on the bone models as per AO classification. Multiple holes were created along the fracture line with k wire and then completed the fracture with osteotome.  The participants under supervision of expert faculty carried out fixation on the bone models using actual implants.  The others groups were given opportunity to critically analyse the final fixation and got answers to their queries. This process was done for all AO fracture patterns in proximal tibia and proximal femur.

Real-life case studies were presented, allowing participants to apply the AO classification system to actual patient scenarios. This facilitated the integration of theoretical knowledge with practical skills, preparing participants for challenges they might encounter in their professional practice.

Participant feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with many expressing appreciations for the workshop's practical approach and the opportunity to interact with experts in the field.