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ARTOF was founded in 1997 by some of the most respected orthopedic and Trauma-surgeons with highest international reputation in order to build an independent platform of discussion to identify the optimal therapeutic strategy for trauma victims. In this respect, the focus was set on scientifically proven concepts following the strict criteria of evidence based medicine. This knowledge is carried into the community of orthopedic and trauma surgeons regularly on conferences as a physician education and training program.

These up-dates are published on-line on the ARTOF homepage. Moreover, the society edits an on-line educational program for orthopedic and trauma surgeons, to support those who must come to defintive decisions in the management of treating trauma victims.

Since it is a strictly independent organization, it has an aproved charity status within the European community and north America. It welcomes Support from those with a particular interest in promoting the optimal treatment of trauma victims, from manufactors of internal fixators to firms producing casting materials up to government departments or insurers who want to ensure the cost effectiveness of treatment.