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AAOS Now

Published 12/1/2009
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Maureen Leahy

OKO helps bridge the education gap

The clock is ticking on fulfilling year-end CME requirements

Are you scrambling to satisfy year-end continuing medical education (CME) credit requirements? Orthopaedic Knowledge Online (OKO) can help by providing access to more than 80 peer-reviewed activities and 165 CME credits directly from your computer. Recognized as the go-to source for online orthopaedic CME, OKO is the convenient way to earn credits from the comfort of your home or office.

OKO’s online CME modules are tied to a wide selection of clinical topics and include a pretest, an in-depth review of the related topic, a posttest with preferred answers, and helpful feedback. You can earn from 0.50 to 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM per module, and completed CME activities post directly to your AAOS transcript. Plus, courses may be completed in multiple sessions, giving you the flexibility to fit them in as you have time. With new modules added monthly, you’re sure to find fresh, new CME activities available in your specialty or areas of interest (Table 1).

Through OKO, you can also access archived Webinars—90-minute videos complete with lectures, technical demonstrations, and question-and-answer sessions—that also offer CME credits.

“In addition to the varied format and concentration on evidence-based learning and content, OKO CME offers the self-assessment that is so important for a complete learning experience,” said Editor-in-Chief William A. Grana, MD, MPH. “The varied types of CME allow learners to choose an approach that appeals to them and enables them to take advantage of the interactivity available with the online format,” he continued.

“We’ve relied on feedback from our users to help us design the CME and the varied formats,” said Dr. Grana. “Next year, we will be introducing a new ‘Internet Point of Care’ type of online CME format with resources accumulated with the help of the Board of Specialty Societies Education committee. Internet Point of Care offers you CME credits for the Internet research you often do in answering questions about how best to care for a patient. ”

Your link to learning
The OKO CME portal also links to a variety of resources, many of which are free for AAOS members and residents:

  • Risk Management CME—These activities are designed to help you reduce your liability risk as you provide better care for your patients. Topics are recommended by the Medical Liability Committee, and many were developed by the Patient Safety Committee. You’ll find CME modules based on OKO topics, online narrated slide lectures, self-assessment examinations, the Cultural Competency Challenge, and Evidence-Based Practice Resources. Electronically completed Risk Management CME courses qualify for 0.25–6.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM, and may also be used to satisfy state licensure requirements.
  • Patient Safety CME mini-courses—These short slide lectures from leading orthopaedic surgeons address important issues in patient safety. Each course runs between 15 and 45 minutes and provides Category 1 CME credit.
  • Online Self-Assessment Examinations—A selection of scored and recorded and self-scored self-assessment examinations can be completed online for Category 1 CME credit. The exams may be started, stopped, and resumed at your convenience.
  • Relationships with Industry—This area provides you direct access to information on appropriate physician-industry relationships, including the free CME Webinar “Orthopaedists at Risk: Navigating Industry Relationships.”

Whether you need last-minute CME credits or simply like computer learning at your own pace and schedule, visit www.aaos.org/oko to explore its host of topics and learning experiences.

Maureen Leahy is assistant managing editor of AAOS Now. She can be reached at leahy@aaos.org