Based on the philosophy of lifelong learning, the AO Spine curriculum provides continuous acquisition of the necessary knowledge and skills that will aid lifelong career progression.
The AO Spine curriculum is a framework that offers a foundation for continuing development in diverse practice settings. The curriculum is based on the competencies that enable spine surgeons to perform effectively across six areas of pathology in their practice setting and to meet the standards of the profession.
AO Spine's competency-based approach aligns four components addressing the needs of spine care professionals:
- Educational plan—defines all learning activities
- Faculty—trained to deliver all content using our framework
- Resources—learning materials developed in response to surgeons' needs
- Assessment—identifies surgeons' needs and tracks their progress
The four AO Spine Principles that create the foundation for proper spinal patient management lie at the core of the design and delivery of the curriculum:
The four AO Spine Principles apply to each of the six pathologies taught with the support of the AO Spine curriculum.
Stabilization to achieve a specific therapeutic outcome
Balancing the spine in three dimensions
Etiology, pathogenesis, neural protection, and tissue healing
Preservation and restoration of function to prevent disability