Internet-Based Learning

Vladimir A. Sinkov, Brett M. Andres, Clifford R. Wheeless, Frank J Frassica

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The Internet, with established and newly appearing websites, is becoming a more integral part of orthopaedic education every day. We review some of the well-known resources on the Internet (Orthogate, OrthoNet, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons site, Orthopedic Hyperguide, World-Ortho, Wheeless's Textbook of Orthopaedics, Orthoteers, AO North America site, University of Iowa Virtual Hospital texts, and South Australian Orthopaedic Registrars' Notebook) and reports the results of a survey of 35 orthopaedic surgery residents and 24 attending orthopaedic surgeons on the use of orthopaedic knowledge resources on the World Wide Web. The top three most commonly used online sites by the residents were Wheeless's Textbook of Orthopaedics, the American Academy of Orthopaedics Surgeons website, and Orthopedics Hyperguide. According to the survey, all 35 residents used online resources for learning, giving preference to online textbooks when looking for clinical information and online practice examinations when preparing for the in-training (OITE) or board examinations. Among the attending physicians, 19 (79%) used the Internet. Their most commonly used online sites were the American Academy of Orthopaedics Surgeons website, AO North America site, and Wheeless's Textbook of Orthopaedics. The attending physicians also preferred online textbooks to other online resources. Also provided in this article is a discussion of our idea for a future comprehensive, accurate, and constantly updated orthopaedic online resource that uses already available technology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-106
Number of pages8
JournalClinical orthopaedics and related research
StatePublished - Apr 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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