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Published 7/5/2022

ROCK Program Standardizes and Enhances Learning Curriculum

Residency program directors and residents receive complimentary access through June 2023

The AAOS Resident Orthopaedic Core Knowledge (ROCK) program is inviting orthopaedic surgery residents to experience the most comprehensive and customizable digital learning platform available. Complimentary to residents, ROCK provides in-depth resources utilizing the latest technology, research, and educational materials at a pace that meets learners’ needs, styles, and schedules.

“For decades, orthopaedic residents and residency program directors have wanted a structured and comprehensive curriculum to unify resident education across orthopaedic surgical residency programs,” said Paul Tornetta III, MD, FAAOS, AAOS Education Council chair and codirector of ROCK. “AAOS has devoted resources and energy to ensure ROCK fills this void and provides a dynamic and engaging curriculum that standardizes the baseline knowledge for orthopaedic resident training. The curriculum spans all subspecialty areas. Its content helps build a strong foundation toward becoming a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, as it follows the blueprint of the AAOS Orthopaedic In-Training Examination (OITE) ® and aligns with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Part 1 Board Certification Exam.”

ROCK, which launched earlier this year, is designed to provide residents with a consistent baseline of core foundational knowledge aligned to individual needs, while providing residency program directors with the flexibility to incorporate content at the depth, breadth, and timing necessary to achieve their program’s specific goals. It utilizes a technology platform to deliver a seamless and modern user experience with content that evolves as protocols change and discoveries are made.

ROCK programming consists of:

  • 488 total chapters
  • more than 500 authors
  • 90 section editors and 22 subspecialty editors
  • more than 1,000 full-text journal articles
  • more than 1,000 full-text chapters
  • 500 videos
  • more than 3,000 exam chapters

Dynamic and engaging tool to optimize learner outcomes
ROCK customizes coverage and pace to learners’ needs, styles, and schedules. All U.S.-based, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education–accredited programs are automatically enrolled in ROCK, allowing them to explore the full scope of the curriculum content. The ROCK curriculum currently features basic science and spine sections, with subsequent subspecialties scheduled to be released throughout 2022.

To learn more about the ROCK program, residents should visit aaos.org/rock.