SHAWN R GILBERT, MD, FAAOS and
ROBERT J ESTHER, MD, FAAOS
The NEW 2020 Fundamentals Examination reviews core topics to strengthen your skills across these essential
orthopaedic areas of study:
• Anatomy-Imaging: Improve your understanding of anatomy with careful use of imaging studies that are presented to highlight
the findings related to common orthopaedic conditions, and your diagnostic skills and to plan safe and thoughtful surgical care.
• Musculoskeletal Tumors and Diseases: Strengthen your evaluation,
diagnostic, and treatment skills for primary bone and soft-tissue neoplasms
and their simulators, including both benign and malignant conditions.
Review the latest classification and surgical staging systems. Develop
increased understanding of evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment options
for benign and malignant primary bone and soft-tissue tumors, proliferative
synovial processes, metastatic disease, myeloma, lymphoma, and metabolic
bone disease, and genetically transmitted musculoskeletal oncology diseases.
• Orthopaedic Basic Science: Deepen your understanding of basic science
principles and research design to interpret and manage practical clinical
problems. Assess your knowledge of biomaterials, musculoskeletal tissues,
biomechanics of injury and healing, and mechanisms of disease.
Earn up to 10 CME credits; 100 multiple-choice questions.
As a result of completing the 2020 Fundamentals Self-Assessment Examination,
I am able to:
• identify important factors in the evaluation of imaging findings in
• apply understanding of anatomic findings to patient management.
• identify important factors in the evaluation of musculoskeletal tumor
• recognize, evaluate and treat metastatic disease of bone.
• interpret research studies including assessing for appropriate design
• identify biologic processes that allow normal function of the musculoskeletal