Published 5/29/2024

Is Examination Development One of Your Superpowers?

Have you ever taken an exam from the AAOS Examinations Collection—an Orthopaedic Special Interest Examination, Orthopaedic Knowledge Update® examination, or Orthopaedic In-Training Examination®—and thought, “I could write questions for this exam!” You could create compelling and informative questions for these exams, but how?

AAOS is looking for outstanding orthopaedic surgeons to be subject-matter experts for AAOS exams. You can apply your expertise in your area of interest, help advance orthopaedic learning, and become an examination item writer for the Academy. As an item writer, you will play a crucial role in developing high-quality exam questions that assess the knowledge and skills required for competent orthopaedic practice. This opportunity offers a unique chance to:

  • contribute to advancing the profession while gaining assessment-development experience
  • collaborate with peers and stay up to date on current practices
  • ensure exams are culturally responsive and inclusive of diverse patient populations
  • build your professional network and credentials

Apply now
Examinations are an important tool for learning at all orthopaedic career stages. Share your expertise by logging in at aaos.org/cap to apply in your area of interest. For more details on the program, contact the Assessments and Examinations team at WriteExams@aaos.org.

Serve on an AAOS Evaluation Committee

Active Fellows are encouraged to apply to serve on one of the many AAOS Evaluation Committees. Evaluation Committee members are primarily responsible for writing test questions for AAOS exams and serving as both subject-matter experts and peer reviewers for test questions written by other surgeons. Developing examinations is a great way to brush up on recent research in your specialty area and collaborate with others in your field. There are open positions for the following committees:

  • Sports Medicine Evaluation Committee (Sports Medicine Exam)
  • Shoulder and Elbow Evaluation Committee (Shoulder and Elbow Exam)
  • Hand and Wrist Evaluation Committee (Hand and Wrist Exam)
  • Hip, Knee, and Adult Reconstruction Evaluation Committee (Hip and Knee Exam)
  • Education Assessments and Examinations Committee (Orthopaedic In-Training Examination®; specialty areas accepting applications: Basic Science, Oncology, Pediatrics, Shoulder and Elbow, Trauma)
  • Orthopaedic Knowledge Update® (OKU) Evaluation Committee (OKU15 Exam); specialty areas accepting applications: Basic Science, Foot and Ankle, Hand and Wrist, Hip and Knee, Pediatrics, Spine, Sports, Trauma

Share your expertise by logging in at aaos.org/cap to apply in your area of interest.