Published 3/1/2019

Have You Heard About the New OVT?

AAOS members have long recognized the Orthopaedic Video Theater (OVT) as the premier destination for viewing high-quality, peer-reviewed educational video content at the AAOS Annual Meeting. Historically, following each meeting, videos have been placed in an online archive that was accessible only to those with paid membership.

In 2017, the OVT Committee, in partnership with the AAOS Board of Directors, elected to make the video content free to all orthopaedic residents in training. The decision was very well received, and viewership rose dramatically throughout the year.

In the October 2018 issue of AAOS Now, AAOS President David A. Halsey, MD, announced that the new and updated version of OVT, valued at $349, is now available to all 39,000 AAOS members as a member benefit with no additional cost. OVT went live on Oct. 24, 2018, as a free member benefit to the entire AAOS membership. Importantly, OVT Plus videos will feature the same high-quality, peer-reviewed content highlighted at AAOS Annual Meetings and also will now be paired with continuing medical education (CME) credit for members who view the videos.

Another recent highlight of the OVT is that citations from all honorable mentions and award-winning videos from each AAOS Annual Meeting will be published in the Journal of the AAOS (JAAOS). This addition will not only elevate the profile of the authors but also underscore the academic and educational value of these video contributions. The OVT Committee is grateful to JAAOS Editor-in-Chief William N. Levine, MD, and the JAAOS editorial board for their shared vision to expand the journal’s digital media educational portfolio by including the best OVT videos annually.

In each of the past four years, the number of videos submitted to OVT has increased, and their educational quality has grown accordingly. This is the result of the OVT Committee’s continuous work to create demanding standards for video submissions that maximize learning value.

OVT content is now available at video.aaos.org. Viewers can search by subspecialty category, anatomic area, author, or title to find content that is most appropriate for their educational needs. Viewers also can use the search feature to discover peer-reviewed content for a given topic. This information will help authors formulate ideas for future unique video submissions and fill in gaps in the video database to further improve and expand the collection.

Using the expanded portfolio of online features, OVT viewers can now start and continue discussions with authors and colleagues. They also can tweet and share video links via social media to promote broader, more global discussions.

The recent digital enhancements and expanded online accessibility of the OVT collection position AAOS as the global leader in orthopaedic digital media education. The high-quality content can be used for self-directed learning, as well as to supplement the teaching curriculum within any residency or fellowship program.

(Top) Rate, share, bookmark, and control the playback speed of the video. (Bottom) A full-screen view of a video

Historically, OVT has featured video contributions from surgeons across the globe, including at least 15 countries outside the United States. In fact, many of the award-winning videos have come from global authors, helping to improve the diversity of content and perspectives offered to AAOS members.

Currently, nearly 700 videos are available in the OVT Plus collection, including hundreds of titles offering CME at 0.75 credits each. More than 100 videos will be added to this esteemed collection by the Annual Meeting.


Beyond OVT Plus, video.aaos.org soon will offer content from leading medical institutions, industry, and societies.

In addition, authors can submit videos for faster publishing under the new User-submitted Video category. The all-new OVT will quickly become the destination website for surgeons to expand their knowledge and interact with peers around the globe.

Now that this is an AAOS member benefit, prior barriers to video learning have been removed, and the content can be readily accessed and utilized by all orthopedic surgeons throughout their careers.

Visit video.aaos.org to explore the entire OVT, earn CME, and interact with the most advanced peer-reviewed orthopaedic digital media collection in the world!

Lee E. Rubin, MD, FAAOS, FAAHKS, FAOA, is chair of the AAOS OVT Committee, associate professor of orthopaedic surgery and chief of the Division of Adult Reconstruction at the Yale University School of Medicine, attending orthopaedic surgeon at the Yale–New Haven Hospital (YNHH), and chief of the YNHH Center for Musculoskeletal Care Total Joint Replacement Program. He can be reached at Lee.Rubin@yale.edu.