February 2002 Bulletin

OKU 7 synthesizes new orthopaedic knowledge

Academy’s most popular publication to be released at Annual Meeting

Orthopaedic surgeons looking to keep abreast of the ever-expanding body of orthopaedic knowledge need look no further–a concentrated overview of the past three years of objective orthopaedic knowledge, as well as core and classic information, have been distilled into one convenient volume–Orthopaedic Knowledge Update (OKU) 7: Home Study Syllabus.

Premiering at the 2002 AAOS Annual Meeting in Dallas, OKU 7’s objective and balanced coverage will provide orthopaedic surgeons with a valuable resource to update their knowledge, expand their expertise or prepare for the Boards.

In the preparation of OKU 7, more than 100 expert contributors reviewed the most important orthopaedic literature published between 1998 and 2001, including thousands of articles from peer-reviewed journals from around the world–almost up to the moment of publication.

The 700-page syllabus is made up of 59 chapters, including chapters on ethics and the physiology of aging–topics that have never before been covered in OKU. An annotated bibliography and a classic biography are included at the end of each chapter.

OKU 7 is divided into the following five sections:

Two-year process

OKU 7 Editor Kenneth J. Koval, MD, along with a board of 10 section editors, set out to provide orthopaedic surgeons with an objective, comprehensive, and accessible synthesis of the latest orthopaedic knowledge available.

Dr. Koval calls OKU 7 "the culmination of many months of hard work by a dedicated team of editors."

The development of OKU 7 was nearly a two-year process, beginning in late 1999, according to Lisa Claxton Moore, senior editor in the Academy’s publications department. The process began with the selection of a team section editors, who determined the most important topics for inclusion in OKU 7. The section editors also selected the key orthopaedic experts they believed would present the topics in a clear, concise and unbiased manner.

Once chapters were submitted for each section, they were reviewed for content, presentation and bias by a team of reviewers, made up of the appropriate section editor and the authors of each chapter. Each chapter was then revised and reviewed for a second time by the section editor.

"Finally, over a two-day meeting in Chicago, the entire OKU manuscript was reviewed and edited by the team of section editors and myself," Dr. Koval says. "It’s our hope that OKU 7 provides a comprehensive and useful review of orthopaedic knowledge, incorporating the latest information available."

The OKU 7: Home Study Syllabus is priced at $155.00 for AAOS members and $110.00 for residents. The retail price is $190.

History of OKU

The popular OKU text is the outgrowth of a discussion held during the 1979 Board of Directors meeting, according to Marilyn Fox, director of the Academy’s publications department.

"The board believed there wasn’t enough quality ‘learner-centered’ education at the time," she says. "The knowledge base in the field of orthopaedics was exploding, and with all of the new developments, it was hard for orthopaedic surgeons to keep up."

The 1982 board approved a home study program, with the OKU syllabus serving as its centerpiece. The first OKU text was published in 1984.

Developed as a practical tool to be used often in day-to-day practice, OKU was an immediate ‘hit’ with orthopaedic surgeons. Its practical design allows orthopaedists to quickly reference the latest knowledge on a given diagnosis and its treatment.

The OKU syllabus has been tied to the Orthopaedic Self-Assessment Examination (OSAE) since the first volume; together the two publications make up the OKU Home Study Program. Answers to many of the questions in OSAE can be found in the OKU syllabus. The syllabus is issued in February and the exam is shipped the following fall for CME credit.

OKU’s format has remained the same since its inception, which is part of its appeal, Fox believes. A new editor is appointed for each volume, however, in order to provide a fresh perspective.

"The syllabus continues to be extremely popular both internationally and domestically, and is consistently the Academy’s best-selling text," Fox says.

Because of this popularity, a spin-off text series was created in 1994–the OKU Specialty Series. Texts covering each of nine specialty areas are now developed in cooperation with the appropriate specialty societies. A number of the OKUs and OKU specialty books have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Japanese.

Multiple formats

OKU is available for purchase in a number of formats–all of the volumes are available in print, audiotape, and CD-ROM. OKU 7 will be available on CD-ROM this June.

Beginning March 15, 2002, purchasers of the OKU 7 Home Study Syllabus will be able to access and search the entire volume online, for a small fee. Upon paying the $30 fee for AAOS members/residents ($40 for nonmembers), the user will receive a code that will provide unlimited access to OKU 7 for three years. After March 15, OKU 7 Online can be accessed through the Academy’s Online Orthopaedic Campus at www.aaos.org.

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