April 2003 Bulletin

2002 OSAE popular with Fellows, residents

Assess knowledge, enhance learning, prepare for Boards with 2002 OSAE

The 2002 Orthopaedic Self-Assessment Examination (OSAE) is the tool of choice for Fellows and residents who wish to assess their orthopaedic knowledge, strengthen their clinical decision-making skills and reduce their home study and Board-review time. More than 3,700 orthopaedists have purchased the 2002 OSAE since its release last November.

Available in print and online, the 2002 exam consists of 200 multiple-choice questions on all areas of orthopaedics, including: adult hip and knee reconstruction, shoulder and elbow, sports medicine, foot and ankle, hand, trauma, spine, pediatric orthopaedics, orthopaedic diseases, orthopaedic science, rehabilitation and medically related issues.

First offered in 1984, OSAE is published on a three-year cycle, in conjunction with the Orthopaedic Knowledge Update: Home Study Program. The all-new 2002 OSAE was prepared by the AAOS Evaluation Committee chaired by Paul Tornetta, III, MD, and will be valid through December 2004.

Confidential score report, CME

Upon completion of the self-administered exam, participants may return their answer sheets or online answer files to the AAOS for confidential scoring. Individuals who participate in the home study program (OKU7/OSAE) will receive a confidential score report, which compares the examinee’s performance with a group of general orthopaedic surgeons. Those who score above "chance" level will be awarded up to 50 hours of AMA category 1 CME credit. After the scoring, participants also may view the preferred responses, discussions and references for all 200 questions.

"Fast Track" option

For concentrated study and immediate results, test-takers may choose the 2002 OSAE "Fast Track" option. "Fast Track" speeds the review process by providing users with both the exam booklet and the preferred responses, including explanations. Images and references to all 200 questions are contained in one convenient package.

"Fast Track" users can earn up to 20 hours of category 1 CME credit by completing the evaluation form and returning it to the Academy.

Scoring dates

More than 1,100 surgeons participated in the first scoring of the 2002 exam, and additional scorings are planned throughout 2003 and 2004. Scoring cut-off dates for 2003 are June 19, September 19 and December 19. Deadlines for 2004 are March 21, June 20, September 19 and December 30 (final scoring).


The 2002 OSAE is priced at $90 for AAOS members and $60 for residents. The retail price is $120.

To purchase the online version, visit the AAOS Web site (www.aaos.org), "Online Evaluation Programs."/P>

For more information, or to purchase a print version, visit the AAOS site and click on "Educational Resources Catalog" or call AAOS customer service at (800) 626-6726.

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