June 2001 Bulletin

OKO: Knowledge 24/7

‘. . .we’ll have instant access to information developed by recognized authorities in each subspecialty. . . .’

Academy to launch multifaceted online education program

By Carolyn Rogers

Orthopaedic Knowledge Online (OKO)–an innovative "24/7"- online service that will provide instant access to the latest orthopaedic information will be introduced to Academy members this fall. Vital information will be there whenever and wherever you want it–in the office, at home, or traveling with your laptop.

"The goal is to be the dominant Internet publisher in orthopaedics–where people want to publish and where users want to go," said Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD, chairman of the Council on Education. His report and demonstration of the program at the Board of Directors meeting on May 18, 2001 received unanimous praise from the directors. "It’s better than I envisioned," said Richard H. Gelberman, MD, Academy president, who recalled the initial discussions about concept years ago when he was chairman of the Council on Education. The Board approved the project as a member benefit.

"With this site, we’ll have instant access to information developed by recognized authorities in each subspecialty," says Dr. Gelberman, "and that information will be updated frequently. By providing answers to your questions when you need them in your practice, this type of clinical, problem-focused information will set the standard for online education, enhancing the competence of orthopaedic practice."

OKO is a highly visual learning experience that will use extensive clinical images and video. An OKO user wishing to search for more detail will be able to access material drawn from the Academy’s extensive orthopaedic library. The programs are constructed so viewers can spend less than a minute getting to a specific piece of information, or hours reviewing new information in the field as well as classic concepts.

"The real advantage to this online system is that it can be changed immediately as information changes in the field," says William Grana, MD, OKO co-editor-in-chief along with Robert H. Fitzgerald, Jr., MD. "We’re not tied to a book format, where you publish the book and then revise it five years later. The OKO editorial board is made up of associate editors who are nationally prominent orthopaedic surgeons and who will enlist quality people to develop content for the site. It will be up to the editors and the people who work with them to keep the site up to date."

OKO is designed to appeal to all three main AAOS member segments–generalists, generalists with a focus, and specialists–who are:

"We have about seven topics in process, which should be available by the first of October, "Dr. Grana says. "By the end of the year, we think we will have 10 to 12 of these topics online, and by the end of 2002, we’ll have probably 25."

Modules under development for 2001 include:

Users who access the site can use it in any number of ways, jumping directly to areas that answer specific questions or working through a condition step-by-step. There is, however, a standard format used for each specific condition or injury. First, the author reviews the fundamentals of the condition. Explanations of the pertinent diagnostic approaches, follow, as well as relevant studies. Finally, various conservative and surgical management options are discussed, as well as things to consider in preoperative decision-making.

In cases where surgical intervention is necessary, OKO provides an in-depth presentation of surgical options and techniques. The detail of the information provided assumes the surgeon to have a general knowledge base and is intended for review purposes only. For each condition or injury featured, there will be preoperative decision-making modules and surgical procedures modules.

The preoperative decision-making modules will review the following information for each condition/injury:

The surgical procedures modules include the following information:

• Indications and contraindications, pearls and pitfalls for each technique

• Demonstrations of the techniques in video segments, including exposure, highlights of the technique, and pearls and pitfalls as explained by the experts

OKO enriches these visual presentations with a unique "Resource Center" containing links to online and print resources from AAOS, available for purchase or for download, including journal articles and abstracts, textbook materials, online or onsite courses, cases, and video programs. Links to AAOS resources will be specific to the condition/injury and procedure being featured. Subscribers can search and review this extensive clinical resource as if it were a part of their personal libraries. OKO will also link to the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS), MEDLINE, and other medical and scientific resources for additional material.

The Academy has invested a great deal of time and money in this project, and brought in very qualified staff, Dr. Grana points out. "The site is sharp. Anyone who spends much time on the net will be impressed with what they’re able to do here. I think orthopaedics leads the way in terms of CME and this is simply another example of orthopaedics taking the lead in going to an online format in a major way.

"I’m so impressed with the commitment to this project by the Board of Directors, the Council on Education, and the staff–which is exactly what it took in order to get it off the ground," Dr. Grana adds. "As you can tell, I’m a believer."

Program announcements will be forthcoming this summer and the site is expected to go "live" about Oct. 1.

Online publications editorial board 2001

William A. Grana, MD
Robert H. Fitzgerald Jr., MD

Section Editor, Shoulder and Elbow
Louis Bigliani, MD

Section Editor, Sports Medicine
Robert E. Hunter, MD

Section Editor, Trauma
Thomas A. DeCoster, MD

Section Editor, Hand and Wrist
Thomas E. Trumble, MD

Section Editor, Pediatrics
J. Andy Sullivan, MD

Section Editor, Adult Reconstruction Hip, Knee, Shoulder
William L. Healy, MD

Section Editor, Adult Reconstruction: Hip, Knee, Shoulder
James B. Benjamin, MD

Section Editor, Trauma
Andrew R. Burgess, MD

Section Editor, Spine
Harry N. Herkowitz, MD

Section Editor, Foot and Ankle
John S. Gould, MD

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