For Allied Health Professionals

Caring for orthopaedic patients and treating musculoskeletal conditions is a team effort. The AAOS offers unique opportunities for learning alongside surgeons, as well as focused educational activities developed specifically for physician assistants, emergency medical responders, and other providers, through strategic partnerships.


Musculoskeletal Galaxy presented by AAPA and AAOS
June 10 – 14, 2022 | Austin, TX

This interactive course is ideal for PAs and NPs new to orthopaedics or those looking for a refresher. Earn up to 35 credits of AAPA Category 1 CME while learning about the most common orthopaedic conditions and networking with colleagues. Expert faculty discuss topics across the orthopaedic specialties, including the most common conditions of the spine, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle, and foot.

NEW this year, your registration includes session recordings that will be available online until December 31, 2023. Reserve your spot early before space is filled!

Essentials of Musculoskeletal Care, 6th edition

Available Date: 08/25/2021

Exclusively available at Jones & Bartlett Learning here. Members receive 30% off list price.

Every new print copy of Essentials of Musculoskeletal Care, Sixth Edition includes Navigate Premier Access which unlocks a complete, interactive eBook with nearly 300 embedded procedure videos, new Skills Checklists to accompany videos in PDF format, and Home Exercise step-by-step instructions in PDF format.

Essentials of Musculoskeletal Care, Sixth Edition is a robust educational resource focused on how to evaluate and manage common musculoskeletal conditions. This text is used for immediate, point-of-care guidance in decision making and intervention and is a powerful educational product for many health professions dealing with the care of the musculoskeletal system. The easy-to-understand content and crisp presentation appeal to health care professionals and students. It is also a powerful tool to help educate patients regarding conditions and treatment.

  • Up-to-date, step-by-step instructions and helpful illustrations offer visual confirmation.
  • Consistent information throughout each section includes definitions, symptoms, tests, differential diagnoses, treatments, adverse outcomes, referral decisions, and red flags.

Musculoskeletal Assessment in Athletic Training and Therapy, First Edition

Matthew R. Kutz; Andrea E. Cripps, PhD, ATC; American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

AAOS members receive 30% off list price here:

Each new print copy includes Navigate Advantage Access that unlocks a comprehensive and interactive eBook, 120 videos outlining how to perform specific techniques covered in the chapters, student practice activities and assessments, a full suite of instructor resources, and learning analytics reporting tools.

Developed in conjunction with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and written for students in professional athletic training and therapy programs, Musculoskeletal Assessment in Athletic Training and Therapy provides a comprehensive overview of the many injuries affecting the extremities, and the assessments and examinations Athletic Trainers should conduct to accurately diagnosis and treat each injury. 

Unit I, “Foundations,” introduces the student to the foundations of examination, evaluation, and musculoskeletal diagnosis, providing a helpful recap of relevant medical terminology along the way. Units II and III then delve directly into the lower and upper extremities, reviewing relevant anatomy, describing common injuries, and discussing their assessment. 

Features and Benefits:

  • Each chapter opens with an overview, learning objectives, and fun facts about specific joints.
  • Practical Case Studiesare included in each chapter, and a unique One-In-A-Million Case features a rare or unusual pathology.
  • Pearls and Pitfallshelp students remember keys to sound evaluation strategies.
  • Critical Thinking Questionshelp tie all the content together and enforce key concepts discussed in the chapter.
  • The Navigate 2 package includes 120 videos showing how to perform specific techniques covered in the chapters, and bonus techniques.

Appropriate Courses:

  • Written for courses focused on orthopedic assessment of the extremities for the two-semester sequence.

Self-Assessment Examinations

Many of the AAOS self-assessment programs have been reviewed and approved, for a maximum of the designated number of AAPA Category 1 Self-Assessment CME credits, by the Physician Assistant Review Panel. Physician Assistants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Patient Education

Strengthen your patient education program with up-to-date, authoritative information peer-reviewed by AAOS members. is the Academy's patient education website. It offers hundreds of articles on conditions, treatments, and injury prevention.

Emergency Medical Services

The AAOS, in partnership with Jones & Bartlett Learning, offers a comprehensive collection of educational and training resources for emergency medical providers, from first responders to critical care transport paramedics.