Education Materials for Orthopaedic Residents

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Created: 03/18/2023, 18:03

Author: Olivia M. Rice, MD

Ref(s): Krueger et al. ‘What to Read and How to Read It: A Guide for Orthopaedic Surgeons’. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2016; 98: 243249.

General Advice-

Pick source materials based on what you need to learn. Please refer to figures 1 and 2 from Krueger et al. ‘What to Read and How to Read It: A Guide for Orthopaedic Surgeons’. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2016; 98: p. 245.

Goal of Reading is:

Learn [General] Knowledge

Reading Goal(s):

for junior/ senior residents

  • Quick hits- get a bird’s eye view of the topic in 5 minutes or less
  • Learning general orthopaedic information at an introductory level (e.g. medical student or intern)

Recommended Resources

Quick Hits

For More in Depth Learning

Surgical case preparation

for junior/ senior residents; hold on to your preop plans from early residency and take notes from the case on them afterwards, then can continue to update and re-use throughout rest of residency to avoid re-inventing the wheel each time

Reading Goal(s):

  • Review surgical indication, approach anatomy, technique, and postop care
  • Review common “pimp” questions

Recommended Resources

For Preop Plans

For “pimp” questions

Exam preparation (e.g. OITE, ABOS, SAE, etc)

senior > junior residents

Reading Goal(s):

  • Review high-yield and commonly tested topics

Recommended Resources


Question Banks

Immediate knowledge

all training levels

Reading Goal(s):

  • Specific question about patient with the intent of an immediate answer
  • real-time clinical decision making (e.g. on call)

Recommended Resources

  • OrthoEvidence (~my personal favorite now (PGY4-5)~), website, All specialties, great for looking up and quickly reviewing synthesized research data on important topics)
  • OrthoFlow (~my personal favorite early on (PGY12)~), app, Trauma only, useful for interns and junior residents)
  • Ortho Guidelines clinical practice guidelines for all specialties
  • iOrtho+ or RelevantPE for instruction and interpretation of physical exam findings (can be helpful for quick review in clinic early on)

Application to practice

senior resident and attendings

Reading Goal(s):

  • Specific question about patient with the intent of deep understanding/ comprehension
  • Broad understanding of Clinical Decision Making

Recommended Resources

All Resources

Apps (iOS)

TopOrtho Apps website, list of all apps relevant to us

Links attached to App names will bring you to Apple App store

  • AO Surgery Reference- Trauma & Spine, Surgical Approach/ Technique (also has web version, free)
  • ASSH Hand.e- Hand (also has web version, Free)
  • Bullets (aka OrthoBullets)- All Specialties/ General (also has web version, free & paid versions)
  • Complete Anatomy ($99/yr)
  • Fracture Classification (FC)- Trauma (free)
  • Hand Surgery Source- Hand (also has web version, free)
  • ImplantID- Joints/ Can take photo of implant from x-ray and narrow down implant type, good when On Call (free)
  • MSK Anatomy (UMichigan, nice walk through quizzes/ tutorials, free)
  • MSK Oncology Educational Atlas- Tumor (UMichigan, nice tutorials, free)
  • Multiplier Peds/ Limb Lengthening & Deformity (can find mechanical and anatomic axis lines and measurements under ‘Additional Resources> Lower Limb and Foot Measurements, free)
  • CNS+ (previously NSG Survival Guide)- Spine (free)
  • OrthoFlow- Trauma/ On Call ($4.99 1x purchase)
  • OrthoGuidelines- Clinical Practice Guidelines established by AAOS (also has web version, free)
  • Real World Orthopaedics- MSK Radiology (free)
  • RelevantPE- All Specialties, MSK Physical Exam (free)
  • Sublux- MSK Radiologic Anatomy, nice for reference when trying to identify hand fxs especially while on call (free)
  • TouchSurgery- All Specialties, Surgical Approach/ Technique (free)


Links attached to Book names will bring you to Amazon website to purchase book…


Links attached to website names will bring you directly to website

Subspecialty websites often have webinars and guides you can access, some are free, some require membership to organization



Question Banks

EBM- Articles/ References

*Resources recommended by AAOS

**Resource recommended by AAOS and tested by the author

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