Friday, February 25, 2005
Orthopaedic Knowledge Online receives educational grantsThe 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.
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
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."
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.