Our courses, conferences, and events

The AO is the world's leading education provider to health care professionals working in the fields of trauma and musculoskeletal disorders. Each year it offers over 830 educational events around the world, supported by nearly 9,000 faculty, and attended by over 58,000 participants. To date, more than 600,000 health care professionals from over 124 countries have participated in AO courses. 

Courses and events

The AO offers a diverse range of events, symposia, and courses worldwide, featuring lectures, hands-on practical exercises, and interactive group discussions for surgeons and operating room personnel (ORP) at every stage of their career.

The AO Davos Courses are its flagship educational event: participants from all fields have the opportunity to find out about the newest approaches to education, training, and treatment, meet leaders in their fields, and also to share experiences and learn from each other.

AO courses are offered across the world, whatever your region the AO has a presence and is working to improve patient care and outcomes in trauma and musculoskeletal disorders.


The AO organizes and participates in events related to its key fields of activity all across the world.

Key events include the Global Spine Congress, the eCM conference, and FACE AHEAD.

The AO is proud to be part of the scientific program at DKOU and EFORT.

AO Davos Courses 2019

December 1–11, 2019, Davos, Switzerland

Join more than 1,500 health care professionals from over 80 countries at the AO Davos Courses, the AO’s flagship educational event. With hands-on exercises, discussions, and a diverse range of courses covering key fields in trauma, spine, CMF, veterinary, and reconstructive surgery, the AO Davos Courses is your gateway to excellence in your field.

Don't miss this opportunity to come together and learn from the best at this year's AO Davos Courses.

Global Spine Congress

The Global Spine Congress (GSC) is one of the biggest gatherings for thousands of spine surgeons from all over the world. Aside from being the only international spine congress of its kind, the GSC is unique in that the scientific program covers all pathologies, whether that be deformity, degenerative, tumour or spinal cord injury.

GSC 2020 will take place at the Windsor Convention & Expo Center (WECC) in Rio de Janeiro. The venue is in Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, a vibrant, contemporary and modern city, located only 45 minutes from Rio de Janeiro International Airport. Learn more about the venue and location here.

Register by December 20, 2019 to take advantage of early bird savings.

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