There is a growing number of orthopaedic websites on the Internet.These can be a valuable source of additional material.
As mentioned in the second edition there is a less strong ‘peer review’ process to anything that appears online and the quality is variable. In general, regard the majority of online sources as supplements rather than replacements for a good quality general textbook.
Originally developed as a learning tool for residents preparing for their board exams, the Orthopaedics Hyperguide is now used by practicing surgeons, as well as residents studying for their board exams.
Location:http//www.orthobullets.com/ OrthoBullets.com, an orthopaedic standardized test preparation website designed to prepare orthopaedic residents for the OITE and the ABOS Written Boards. While the primary purpose of OrthoBullets.com is to be a test preparation site, it also functions as an effective review resources for the practicing generalist orthopaedic surgeon.
Highly recommended. Superb site for trainees. Especially good trainee feedback for the MCQ/EMI questions.
Orthopaedic Web Links (OWL)
http://www.orthopaedicweblinks.com OWL is an index of online information for orthopaedic surgeons, residents, nurses, and allied health professionals interested in orthopaedic surgery and traumatology. OWL is a free, web-based resource designed to help you find online orthopaedic information quickly and easily. Not particularly exam orientated but may allow you to find articles of use
http://www.orthofracs.com/index.html A free nonprofit educational resource for surgeons, patients and those preparing for the Australian FRACS Orthopaedic Examination.
Excellent website. Different feel than U.K. based equivalent sites.
Material obviously has an Australian slant but there is enough there to interest the UK trainee
Internet interface to the National Library of Medicine’s Medline Database. Citations of over 100 orthopaedic journals with a sophisticated search engine.
The Bone School
http://boneschool.com.au An online orthopaedic textbook. Designed for orthopaedic trainees and other interested parties. Covers all topic for fellowship examination. Based in Australia.Most areas of the orthopaedic syllabus are very well written however a few areas didn’t contain quite the detail expected.
Who Named it?
Whonamedit.com is a biographical dictionary of medical eponyms.
http://www.orthoteers.com We used this resource for our own examination preparation. Most subject areas were superb containing information not available anywhere else. It was not comprehensive and information had to be supplemented with reading elsewhere but this wasn’t a major issue.
The website is now professionally run but due to the costs of running a website charges for use. The price for registration is currently £58.75 for 1 year’s membership.
This is a significant amount of money if membership is renewed every year for 4-5 years of specialist registrar training. This has proved deeply unpopular amongst trainees and feedback suggests they may join for a year and then not bother to renew their subscription.
Recently subscriptions have been stopped with a view to updating the site and adding it to the BOA website.
www.sarcomanotes.info Musculoskeletal website that’s deals with tumour related issues. Various topics covered include history, management, metastatic bone disease, primary bone tumours, radiology, soft tissue sarcoma and surgical principles.
These Notes were produced by Orthopaedic Registrars of the South Australian Training Program to assist study for the Part 2 FRACS Examinations for fellowship in Orthopaedic Surgery. These notes were derived from journal articles, clinical meetings and other sources.
This web site was originally called South Australia Orthopaedic trainees notes. We used this resource extensively in our preparation for the FRCS (Tr&Orth) exam. We found it to be an excellent different alternative to Orthoteers.Looking at the notes again we are unsure if it has been updated much if at all in the ensuring years
British Orthopaedic Association
Contains information on BOA events,courses and latest orthopaedic related news.Contains a number of blue BOA publications for best practice which are particularly useful resources for the viva exam.
Royal College of Surgeons of England
Contains a list of various exam related courses available.There is a link to the library and on line resources.
British Association for Surgery of the Knee
Contains information on events and annual general meeting.Contains a list of knee related courses which although probably more useful for a practising consultant may also be relevant to trainees.The site is still being developed and there isn’t much of a trainee related focus present
European Society of Sports Traumatology Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy
The website contains details of the annual general meeting and various knee related courses.
British Hip Society
Details of various courses,events and annual meeting available.Contains latest information on the MOM alert.Statements on large metal on metal hip replacements,NJR information and VTE guidelines.The blue BHS hip replacement book is available for download.The site is worth visiting for additional brownie point information especially for the viva exam.
This website provides comprehensive updated information on Scoliosis Treatment. There are a number of related articles and recommended reading sites which may be helpful in helping trainees consolidate scoliosis information.Material is easy to understand and a useful resource for info that may be asked in viva and MCQ questions.