AMERICAN ACADEMY OF FOOT AND ANKLE OSTEOSYNTHESIS

. . . dedicated to the training of podiatric residents
in the techniques and skills of skeletal fixation
trauma and reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle


Mission Statement and Objectives


Mission Statement

The mission of the American Academy of Foot and Ankle Osteosynthesis (AAFAO) is to provide comprehensive education in the training of podiatric residents in the techniques and skills of skeletal fixation trauma and reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle.

Expected results of AAFAO's CME activities for surgeons, fellows and residents are to:
  • Increase their knowledge base surgical skill level
  • Apply advances in knowledge in the areas of trauma, degenerative disorders, deformities, tumors and reconstructive surgical techniques into patient care resulting in improved competence.
  • Address practice performance gaps by improving management of all aspects of musculoskeletal injuries and disorders (i.e., pre-operative planning to post-operative care)
Comprehensive Course Description
This course brings together many innovators in the field of podiatric internal fixation surgery. Faculty will present thorough and up-to-date information on osteosynthesis in the lower extremity. The course is designed to cover the principles and techniques for stable internal fixation for fracture management. For example, faculty will teach the anatomic reduction of fracture fragments, atraumatic surgical techniques used to preserve blood supply to bone fragments and soft tissue, and early pain-fee mobilization. Course faculty will also talk about the application of the principles and techniques for current and novel approaches to reconstructive surgery on the foot and ankle.

Comprehensive Course Prerequisite
Participants must be post-graduate year 1 or higher to attend the Comprehensive Course.

Comprehensive Course Lerner Objectives
Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to:
  • Apply the principles of internal fixation to the foot and ankle
  • Identify the problems, complications and intraoperative difficulties that can result from internal fixation
  • Apply the principles of management of fractures to the foot and ankle
  • Demonstrate current methods of post traumatic reconstruction
  • Apply the principles of soft tissue and bony reconstruction to the foot and ankle
  • Recognize appropriate use of orthobiologics in fracture management
  • Apply psychomotor skills in the practical application of implants to fractures of the foot and ankle
  • Avoid complications and improve outcomes through preoperative planning
Advanced Course Description
This course is designed to acquaint the surgeon with advances in operative treatment of fractures and deformities in the lower extremity/foot and ankle. The objectives of the course are to focus on all aspects of diagnosis, treatment and subsequent management of these injuries. The most current and innovative principles and techniques of stable internal fixation and their applications will be covered.

Advanced Course Prerequisite
Course attendees must have previously attended AO North America's Basic Podiatric Course or AAFAO's Comprehensive Course of Internal Fixation for Reconstructive Surgery and Trauma of the Foot & Ankle.

Advanced Course Lerner Objectives
Upon completion of the course, participants should be able to:
  • Apply the principles of internal fixation to the foot and ankle
  • Identify the problems, complications and intraoperative difficulties that can result from internal fixation
  • Implement principles and techniques for complex repair, revision and reconstructive surgery to the lower extremity
  • Avoid complications and improve outcomes through preoperative planning
  • Apply the psychomotor skills developed in the practical exercises in podiatric practice


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