Many changes have occurred in recent years to produce an increase in the amount of orthopaedic information which residents will ultimately see in their conferences, on their in-training examination, and during their boards. Today's residents can access this information from a myriad of sources: the AAOS, the Internet, orthopaedic journals, review books, and texts.
These resources can include summary statements, questions, annotated references, surgical techniques, or web links, but it is rare to find all of these in one source. Residents and practicing surgeons have less time to read through pages of text and even less time to review multiple sources to ascertain the important concepts for study. The increase in orthopaedic information has led residents to supplement current review texts with their own notes. This text was created from this need to efficiently and effectively gather, review, and retain this mass of information. In an effort to access the key orthopaedic concepts and to better prepare today's busy residents to score well on the Orthopaedic In-Training Examination (OITE) and the Orthopaedic Boards and for the busy practicing orthopaedic surgeon to pass the Re-certification Examination, the Orthopaedic Key Review Concept (OKRC) was founded.