AAOS Comprehensive Orthopaedic Review


The AAOS Comprehensive Orthopaedic Review is designed to facilitate studying for board examinations and the Orthopaedic In-Training Examination (OITE). This review text involves the work of more than 150 experts in various fields of orthopaedic surgery and musculoskeletal health. The goal is to provide busy orthopaedic surgeons with a text that is both comprehensive and easy to read and that will facilitate preparation for the aforementioned examinations.

This comprehensive review text has several unique features that set it apart from other texts on the market. First, the information is presented in a consise, short-statement format that is easy to read. Second, top testing facts appear at the end of each chapter; these items provide the reader with the essential information that should have been mastered after reading the chapter. Third, the AAOS Comprehensive Orthopaedic Review includes many color illustrations and photographs to enhance learning. Finally, the book is accompanied by a booklet containing hundreds of study questions that have been validated and created for this text and other AAOS publications. These questions and the accompanying answers provide the reader with a means of assessing his or her knowledge and identifying subjects that may require further review. Purchasers of the text may also access it online in a fully searchable format. All of these features make this book the most comprehensive board review text for orthopaedic surgery that has been published to date.

The text is divided into 12 sections: Basic Science, General Knowledge, Pediatrics, Orthopaedic Oncology and Systemic Disease, Sports Medicine, Trauma, Spine, Shoulder and Elbow, Hand and Wrist, Total Joint Arthroplasty/Joint Salvage, Knee, and Foot and Ankle.

I owe a significant debt of gratitude to the section editors. The book would have fallen far short of its objectives without the contributions of the following section editors (listed in alphabetical order): Martin Boyer, MD (Hand and Wrist); Kevin Bozic, MD (General Knowledge); John Clohisy, MD, and Jonathan Grauer, MD (Basic Science); Brian Donley, MD (Foot and Ankle); Leesa Galatz, MD (Shoulder and Elbow); Ken Koval, MD (Trauma); David Skaggs, MD, and Robert Kay, MD (Pediatrics); Kurt Spindler, MD (Sports Medicine; Knee); Thomas Vail, MD (Total Joint Arthroplasty/Joint Salvage); Jeffrey Wang, MD (Spine); and Kristy Weber, MD, and Frank Frassica, MD (Orthopaedic Oncology and Systemic Disease). These section editors chose the chapter authors and participated in the intensive editorial process. Each chapter has been reviewed multiple times by the section editors and me in order to provide the reader with accurate data and in a format that facilitates learning.

This text has been 2 years in the making. I especially want to thank Laurie Braun, Managing Editor, for her hard work, patience, and commitment to quality in editing this book. I also want to thank Mary Steermann Bishop, Senior Manager, Production and Archives, and her staff for their fine work with respect to layout and the production of the numerous illustrations used in this text. Finally, I would be remiss if I did not thank Marilyn Fox, PhD, Director, Department of Publications, for her vision to create this text and her support, which allowed us to include the full-color illustrations and the study questions.

The section editors and I hope you will agree that we have accomplished our goal of creating a comprehensive review text that will enhance your understanding of musculoskeletal medicine and facilitate your preparation for the critical examinations you face as you pursue your career in orthopaedic surgery.