Leveled Trauma Education - OTC Foundation

Leveled Trauma Education

The OTC Foundation offers numerous courses within its respective Chapters. Our goal is to train surgeons in every stage of practice and experience. Chapters focus on the specific professional level of course participants. Three levels for training course participants are defined: beginner, advanced, expert.

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  Education Level of participants Course faculty Education materials Course content
Beginner Course You have finished a school of medicine and has basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the musculo-skeletal system. The participant has no or limited experience in performing surgery of the musculo-skeletal system. The faculty is made up of medical specialists, possibly together with paramedics, performing basic trauma care on a daily base in practice. The faculty is formed mainly on local/national OTC members. The materials used during beginner courses are simple to put focus on basic principles. The use of simple mechanical models, sawbones and in vivo demonstration of non-invasive techniques among course participants is advocated. The content of beginner courses can be on the closed treatment of fractures and dislocations (classification, reduction and fixation) or basic surgical techniques for treatment of fractures (principles of plating, nailing and external fixation).
Advanced Course You have knowledge of closed treatment of fractures and the basic principles of surgical fracture treatment and basic surgical skills for successful surgical treatment of the musculo-skeletal system. The faculty is made up of medical specialists, with at least five years of clinical experience on the specific topic. The faculty is formed by national OTC members. Ideally one or two faculty members from another state or country, with more than ten years of clinical experience or specific scientific knowledge, are invited to exchange their knowledge. The materials used during advanced courses must mimic a realistic setting. Sawbones with complex fractures, which are coved with soft materials, can be used. The use of fresh frozen cadavers and the use of modern implant materials and instruments is promoted. The content of advanced courses can be on focused on trauma care of a specific anatomical region, a special patient selection (geriatric, pediatric, sporters) or special surgical technique (arthroscopy, 3D navigation, nailing, external fixation). Due to the international focus, the content must be taught in the main language of the region (English, Spanish).
Expert Course You have the knowledge and skills to treat most fractures in humans. You should have at least ten years of clinical experience as a medical specialist. The faculty is made up of medical specialists with at least ten years of clinical experience on the specific topic. The faculty is formed by international OTC members with more than fifteen years of clinical experience or specific scientific knowledge. Practical hands on courses can be limited to workshops with fresh frozen cadavers or interactive live-surgery. In our expert courses, we focus on the improvement of international state-of the-art protocols and the discussion on best diagnosis and treatment of complex trauma cases.