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Instructions for CME Activities

There are two types of CME Activities for which you may claim CME credit.

  • Quarterly CME Activities consist of reading the articles published in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery in the previous three months and successfully completing the post-activity examination of 50 questions of interest to the general orthopaedic surgeon. Quarterly CME examinations are published in April, July, October, and January.
  • Subspecialty CME Activities consist of reading the articles cited and completing the post-activity examination of eight questions each in individual subspecialties.

Quarterly CME Activities - Online

The Quarterly CME and the post-activity examination may be completed for Continuing Medical Education credit or for practice and general review. To benefit most from this educational experience and qualify for CME credit, please observe the following instructions:

  • Read the Purpose Statement and be certain that these purposes meet your individual learning needs.
  • These CME questions have been derived from the articles published in preceding six issues (three months) of the American Volume of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. A careful study of each article must be conducted before you respond to the questions.
  • Read each question carefully and identify the best answer. The estimated time to complete this activity is ten (10) hours. You may participate over multiple sittings to complete the exam.
  • In addition to providing the answers to the CME questions, you must complete the evaluation questions. The way you answer these evaluation questions will not in any way affect the score that you achieve.
  • In order to qualify for CME credit, you must correctly answer more than 50% of the post-activity examination questions. You must complete all the questions before submitting for scoring and feedback. If you cannot answer all 50 questions at one sitting, you may save the examination online and return to it when convenient. You will learn your results immediately after submission. If you have achieved a passing grade, you will be able to see the preferred answers for each question and you can easily link to a highlighted section of the text where the preferred answer is justified. If you have not received a passing grade, you will be asked to continue to answer the questions until the examination is successfully completed. As long as the post-activity examination has not expired (at the end of the quarter), you can continue to take it until you achieve your goal. Your CME award certification is available for download as soon as you pass.
  • Fellows of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons should provide their AAOS membership number in the designated area. Their credit information will be forwarded to the AAOS with the request that it be included with their CME records; however, we cannot guarantee such inclusion. The AAOS may be contacted at 6300 North River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018-4262. Phone: 847.823.7186.
  • Hardware/software requirements: To participate in this activity, you need a computer with an internet connection, and a current web browser. We recommend Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher for PCs and Firefox or Safari for Macs. You will need a current version of Adobe Reader to view PDF documents.

Price and deadline: The charge for the Online Quarterly CME is $85 per quarter, or $320 per year, and must be paid prior to completing the post-activity examination. If you are requesting CME credit, you will be prompted to supply credit card information at the appropriate time. There is no fee for the post-activity examination if you participate for review or study purposes only. For information on deadlines, click here.

Subspecialty CME Activities - Online

Subspecialty CME and post-activity examinations may be completed for Continuing Medical Education credit or for practice and general review. To benefit most from this educational experience and qualify for CME credit, please observe the following instructions:

  • Each interactive post-activity examination consists of 8 questions derived from articles published in the American Volume of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery in the past year. You must read the articles cited before answering the CME questions that have been developed for topics in each of 12 orthopaedic subspecialties. These questions address subjects in that subspecialty and also subjects that are of importance to orthopaedic surgeons in general. The estimated time to complete this activity is four (4) hours.  You may participate over multiple sittings to complete the activity.
  • In addition to providing the answers to the CME questions, you must complete the evaluation questions. The way you answer these evaluation questions will not in any way affect the score that you achieve.
  • To qualify for CME credit, you must correctly answer at least 60% of the questions. You will learn your results immediately after submission. If you have achieved a passing grade, you will be able to see the preferred answers for each question and you can easily link to a highlighted section of the text where the preferred answer is justified. If you have not received a passing grade, you will be asked to continue to answer the questions until the examination is successfully completed. As long as the post-activity examination has not expired, you can continue to take it until you achieve your goal. Your CME award certification is available for download as soon as you pass the subspecialty CME post-activity examination.
  • Fellows of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons should provide their AAOS membership number in the designated area. Their credit information will be forwarded to the AAOS with the request that it be included with their CME records; however, we cannot guarantee such inclusion. The AAOS may be contacted at 6300 North River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018-4262. Phone: 847.823.7186.
  • Hardware/software requirements: To participate in this activity, you need a computer with an internet connection, and a current web browser. We recommend Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher for PCs and Firefox or Safari for Macs. You will need a current version of Adobe Reader to view PDF documents.

Price and deadline: The charge for each Subspecialty CME Activity is $34. If you are requesting CME credit, you will be prompted to supply credit card information at the appropriate time. There is no fee for answering the questions for review or study purposes only. For information on deadlines, click here.