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Friday, February 25, 2005

Orthopaedic Knowledge Online receives educational grants

The AAOS has received a series of unrestricted educational grants in support of Orthopaedic Knowledge Online (OKO), the Academy's Web site for orthopaedic medical education on the Internet. OKO has not only built a remarkable storehouse of original educational content and online CME, but also has evolved into a portal to the rich educational opportunities available through the Academy.

A member and resident benefit since 2002, OKO has become a resource that more than 11,500 orthopaedic surgeons and residents have turned to for "just-in-time" and in-depth review of orthopaedic information. Rich in video, images and original text authored by more than 100 orthopaedic surgeons, OKO is continuing to expand the depth and breadth of orthopaedic information on the Internet.

In the 35 months since OKO was launched, there have been more than 220,000 logins to the topic area of the Web site, with almost two million page views.

Key developments
At the AAOS Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, William T. Grana, MD, editor-in chief of OKO, outlined several key developments during 2004. He noted that the home page was redesigned and expanded to include three new areas-online continuing medical education (CME), orthopaedic review and virtual bookstore. A new content area on musculoskeletal oncology is now under development for launch in 2005. In OKO's online CME section, six courses have been developed and an additional six CME modules are planned for 2005.

Dr. Grana also noted that during 2004, several orthopaedic specialty societies provided content for their respective interest sections of OKO, including topic and author choices, links to society sites, news, education and programs. Societies that have agreed to participate include Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the Hip Society and American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons.

Smith & Nephew
Smith & Nephew's support of OKO is not new. Since 2003, Smith & Nephew Endoscopy has sponsored various areas of OKO. Exanding on that role, beginning in 2005, Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics and Smith & Nephew Endoscopy will provide an unrestricted educational grant of $560,000 over five years in support of four sections of OKO topics-adult reconstruction, foot & ankle, sports medicine and trauma.

According to Mark Augusti, vice president, Smith & Nephew, "The AAOS slogan is 'Your Source for Lifelong Orthopaedic Learning' and we saw this as a great opportunity to establish a unique partnership that would advance the quality of clinical information available to the orthopaedic physician community."

Pfizer, Inc.
Pfizer, Inc has provided an unrestricted educational grant of $353,000 over three years to further develop a pain management site on OKO. Developed under the direction of orthopaedic surgeons and other medical professionals, the site would review the evaluation and management of pain-including available pain management strategies for selected conditions in orthopaedics-through original articles, educational lectures, images, video and links to Internet resources.

According to Dr. Grana, "This is an increasingly important topic, and we have plans to provide relevant and timely resources for orthopaedic surgeons over the next three years."

"It's great to see the orthopaedic community supporting OKO," said the Academy's chief executive officer Karen L. Hackett, FACHE, CAE. "Both the tremendous number of regular users of the site and the vote of confidence from industry are very exciting. The Academy's Board has made a long-term commitment to OKO, with a substantial investment of funds. We are in it for the long haul and now Smith & Nephew and Pfizer have made it possible for us to make OKO even better. Our hats are off to them for their foresight."

For more information on OKO, visit www.aaos.org/oko.

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