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AAOS Now

Published 3/22/2022

Live Demonstrations Will Take Place at the AAOS Resident Orthopaedic Core Knowledge Program Booth

Be sure to make time to visit the AAOS Resident Orthopaedic Core Knowledge (ROCK) program booth, located in the AAOS Resource Center in Academy Hall.

The AAOS Education team will be on hand to provide guided demos of this new, dynamic, and engaging resident learning environment. ROCK is designed not only to empower residents by offering core foundational knowledge aligned to their individual needs, but also to provide resident program directors with the flexibility to incorporate content at the depth, breadth, and timing necessary to achieve their programs’ specific goals.

The thoughtfully curated curriculum consists of content from AAOS and other trusted resources that has been vetted and edited by a panel of 110 premier experts in 11 subspecialty areas, which will make this program one of the most comprehensive and customizable learning platforms available to U.S. orthopaedic residency programs. The content is delivered in two formats: bullet points for quick study and long-form paragraphs for in-depth exploration of the content. ROCK consists of:

  • 548 total chapters
  • 500+ authors
  • 1,000+ full-text journal articles
  • 1,000+ full-text chapters
  • 500+ videos
  • 3,000+ exam chapters

Everything residents need to pass their Boards, feel confident for the Orthopaedic In-training Examination, and become a well-rounded orthopaedic surgeon is included in the curriculum.

The ROCK platform offers program directors access to analytics to identify struggling learners—and those who are excelling—for a data-based understanding of how residents are spending their time on independent learning. The tool helps program directors coach their residents more effectively and create individualized learning paths when needed. Directors also can use ROCK’s customizable calendar to fit their programs’ needs and easily integrate existing program resources into the platform.

ROCK launched as a staggered release, with select subspecialty sections available beginning at this year’s Annual Meeting. All United States-based programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) have been automatically enrolled and will enjoy a complimentary trial period through June 2023. Additional sections will be released throughout the launch period. Residents, regardless of their programs’ enrollment status, will have free access to the chapter content and limited access to analytics.

Program directors and residents are invited to demo the platform in the ROCK booth, located in the AAOS Resource Center in Academy Hall.