Welcome to the Premier Knowledge-Based Resident Curriculum

The all-new Resident Orthopaedic Core Knowledge (ROCK) program is the only all-in-one resident curriculum available today.

All US-based ACGME-accredited programs' residents, program directors, program coordinators, etc. are automatically enrolled for a complimentary trial period.

Content and features are being rolled out over the coming months.


When will the Resident Orthopaedic Core Knowledge Program become available?

All US-based ACGME-accredited programs are eligible to join ROCK in the first quarter of 2022. Participating programs will pay no fees during the trial period, which will run through June 2023.

Are all residency programs are eligible to access the content?

The curriculum is available to U.S. based, ACGME-accredited programs at this time. Interested international residency programs should contact us at rock@aaos.org.

How is the content formatted?

This educational product is a knowledge curriculum that identifies a baseline for education and establishes a core knowledge base for orthopaedic residency training, both clinical and surgical. The content is comprehensive, providing bullet points for quick study and expandable content for more in-depth learning. It also includes multimedia components such as video, photos, and downloadable articles. It is designed as a two-year program, covering 11 subspecialty areas with junior- and senior-focused content. Additional resources linked throughout the content offer additional learning opportunities and allow the resident to expand their knowledge of the content.

What types of resources are included within the program?

More than 500 authors who are leaders in the field of orthopaedics have contributed content across 552 topics, supplemented by resources including:

  • 1000+ full-text book chapters
  • 1000+ full-text journal articles
  • 500+ videos from AAOS Annual Meeting and OVT
  • 1,500+ surgical images, radiographs, cases, and illustrations
Where will I access the platform?

The curriculum is hosted online through a platform that delivers a user-friendly experience. It is accessible and responsive across devices. When the platform is launched, residency programs and residents will receive login instructions.

Can I customize the content to fit my program's needs?

Programs will be able to align the curriculum content with their own calendars and sequence topics according to their pace and schedules. The curriculum’s content can be incorporated at the depth and timing appropriate to achieve program-wide or individual learner’s goals. Existing curriculum resources can be seamlessly integrated, and analytics will provide data on resident progress and performance.

How often will the content be updated?

The content will be updated regularly, ensuring that the most current, relevant content is being offered. Ongoing engagement and feedback from users will guide enhancements and the timing up updates.

How much does it cost?

The ROCK will be complimentary for the for an introduction period that will run through June 2023. This offers an opportunity for residency programs to explore the content and functionality. Onboarding support will be available to assist you. The content is free of charge to all residents.

What are the key objectives of this educational program?
  • Engage learners with critical content in all anatomical and subspecialty areas in line with the OITE and ABOS Part I Exam to ensure standards are met to mastery;
  • Provide a framework for identifying struggling learners early on and assist them through remediation and additional study materials;
  • Improve resident access to non-core content (specialty areas) that supports a deeper education in subspecialty areas;
  • Provide residents with learning experiences that elevate confidence and foster success
  • Monitor and assess each resident's progress for the purpose of improving resident achievement
I'm a Resident. What's in it for me?
  • Engage with critical, trusted, and robust content across all anatomical and specialty areas for a deeper, structured, well-rounded orthopaedic residency education including skills and techniques development
  • Build your confidence in non-core specialty areas and dig deeper into areas of further study
  • Master the right content at each stage of your residency education to build a strong foundation and be adequately prepared for the OITE and ABOS Part I Exam
  • Access your curriculum resources in a single, easy-access platform across devices with searchable, topic-based content
I'm a Program Director. What's in it for me?
  • Engage your residents with extensive, trusted content across all anatomical and specialty areas, supporting a deeper, structured, well-rounded orthopaedic residency education, including skills and techniques
  • Minimize your time spent on curriculum development and planning with a ready-made course of study, accessible across devices
  • Tailor the curriculum to your specific program calendar and needs with easy integration of your existing education resources and targeted learning paths
  • Align program education, delivery, and assessment to mitigate variation in teaching approaches and content frameworks across residency programs.
  • Monitor individual resident progress in real-time and identify struggling learners early on to assist them through remediation with additional study materials


Ready to ROCK?

Use your AAOS membership credentials to sign in.
For assistance, contact us.

Start Exploring the Content

Visit Resources > Chapters to filter by subspecialty and find topics and chapters to study

Use the Search (  above) to find multimedia chapters and videos on content related to a specific topic, procedure, etc.

*Remember, AAOS offers ROCK for studying, ResStudy for quizzing, and the OITE for an annual benchmark of preparation.*