Resident Orthopaedic Core Knowledge (ROCK) Curriculum

Claire McDaniel, MD | Ryley Zastrow, MD

August 25, 2022


Many educational resources are available to orthopaedic surgery residents, including OrthoBullets, ResStudy, Orthopaedic Video Theater, VuMedi, Youtube, textbooks, journal articles, and subspecialty websites to name a few. Given the volume of resources, it can be both time-consuming and challenging to find consistent, high-quality, comprehensive materials.

In response, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) recently commenced creation of the Resident Orthopaedic Core Knowledge (ROCK) program. This dynamic, online learning platform is designed to be a standardized and comprehensive 2-year curriculum covering all core orthopaedic surgery topics to provide residents with a solid fund of orthopaedic knowledge as well as assist in their preparation for the Orthopaedic In-Training Exam (OITE) and American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons (ABOS) part I exam.

The ROCK program will be comprised of 500+ chapters across all orthopaedic subspecialties authored by national leaders and experts in each field. Each chapter can be viewed in either an expanded, full-text format or in a bullet point format for rapid review. Additionally, chapters include high-quality photographs, diagrams, and videos to facilitate understanding as well as embedded links to full-text journal articles for more customizable, in-depth learning. Finally, post-test questions derived from ResStudy are available at the end of each chapter for self-assessment of content mastery.

Currently, chapters are available in spine and basic science, with additional chapters in other subspecialties expected to be released throughout 2022. Complimentary access to the ROCK program is currently available to all orthopaedic surgery residents – go check it out!


DISCLOSURES: Dr. McDaniel a close family member who works for Ferring Pharmaceuticals (makes Euflexxa). Dr. Zastrow This individual reported nothing to disclose.

Read the AAOS Code of Conduct for Discussion Group Terms, Conditions and Disclaimers HERE.

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