The Journal of the
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS) is the #1 clinical review
journal of musculoskeletal education in the world. The peer-reviewed articles
presented each month in JAAOS critically evaluate and synthesize current
information regarding the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal
conditions and document the current state of orthopaedic practice.
The editorial board of JAAOS
represents every subspecialty within orthopaedic medicine: Sports Medicine,
Trauma, Pediatric Orthopaedics, Hip and Knee, Spine, Shoulder and Elbow, Hand
and Wrist, Foot and Ankle, and Musculoskeletal Oncology, as well as areas of
general orthopaedic interest. This diversity of topics is reflected in every
issue of the Journal.
In addition to providing readers and members with the best
peer-reviewed articles in every subspecialty, JAAOS provides readers with a variety of article types.
recognized for excellent review articles, which present readers with a balanced
approach to the current state of knowledge on a topic of interest, be it
“Physeal Arrest of the Distal Radius” or “Pelvis Resection: Current Concepts.”
No other journal in the field comes close to providing comprehensive and
cohesive reviews on topics that are intriguing for the practicing orthopaedic
Orthopaedic Advances articles provide objective appraisals
of recent or controversial techniques and new developments in orthopaedic
surgery. These special articles address current trends or advances of
relatively short clinical experience and with few well-documented studies.
Examples include “The Quest for the Bionic Arm” and “Patient-specific
Instruments for Total Knee Arthroplasty.”
On the Horizon from the ORS offers brief, quarterly updates
on basic science research presented by the Orthopaedic Research Society. These
“works in progress” from the “lab bench” offer insight into potential future
clinical orthopaedic benefits. Recent articles have included “Optimizing Stem
Cell Engineering for Orthopaedic Applications” and “Update on Biologics in the
Treatment of Rotator Cuff Disease.”
the highly anticipated summaries of AAOS Evidence-based Clinical Practice
Guidelines and AAOS Appropriate Use Criteria.
Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) are developed by Academy
work groups composed of volunteer physicians, interdisciplinary clinicians, and
staff researchers who evaluate empirical evidence and conduct systematic
reviews to provide recommendations to guide physicians in using the best
available evidence in their clinical decision making. These guidelines are
updated approximately every five years. The summaries presented in JAAOS
provide the recommendations of each CPG as well as the rationale behind the
work group’s decision making. Hypothetical case study scenarios are presented
with each CPG summary article.
Appropriate Use Criteria (AUCs) are derived from the
Academy’s Clinical Practice Guidelines, which, as noted, establish the
effectiveness of various procedures for a given disease, disorder, or
condition. AUCs then address the patients in which these procedures are
appropriate given the nuances of daily clinical practice. AUCs are developed to
ensure the highest quality of care for patients undergoing musculoskeletal
procedures. As with the CPGs, hypothetical case study scenarios are presented
with each summary. These criteria are also made available to physicians on the
Academy’s AUC app.
In addition, throughout the year, JAAOS offers other matters of concern or interest to its
readership, such as publishing the annual address made by the incoming President
of the AAOS during the Academy’s Annual Meeting. The Journal also makes available information presented each January at
the ongoing series of Extremity War Injuries symposia, through either summary
articles or separate journal supplements. These symposia, conducted by the
Academy in association with other orthopaedic professional organizations,
address exclusively the management of, and rehabilitation following, traumatic
injuries incurred by US armed forces personnel. Other occasional supplements,
such as that published recently on femoroacetabular impingement; editorials
written by the editor-in-chief and guest editorials presented by members of the
JAAOS editorial board or other Academy members; and the Journal’s Correspondence section, provide further information and
discussion of merit to the practicing orthopaedic professional.