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Clinics in Shoulder and Elbow 2016;19(2):67-72.
DOI:    Published online June 30, 2016.
Analysis of the Shoulder and Elbow Section of the Korean Orthopedic In-training Examination
Joon Yub Kim, Myung Gon Jung, Ki Bum Kwon, Seok Won Chung
1Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Seonam University Myongji Hospital, Goyang, Korea.
2Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Konkuk University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Received: 31 May 2015   • Revised: 21 December 2015   • Accepted: 28 January 2016
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to analyze the questions in the shoulder and elbow section of the Korean Orthopaedic In-Training Examination (KOITE) and compare them with those of the US Orthopaedic In-Training Examination (US OITE).
Twenty-nine questions in the shoulder and elbow section of the KOITE from 2010 to 2014 were analyzed and compared with those of the US OITE (80 questions) by literature review. A thorough analysis of the contents was performed after categorizing as topics, diagnostic tools, treatment modalities, taxonomic classification, and references.
The shoulder and elbow section of the KOITE was 5.8% weight which was similar to the US OITE (5.9%). The most commonly appearing topic was anterior labral injury (17.2%) on the KOITE compared to instability and arthritis (21.3%, each) on the US OITE. Magnetic resonance imaging was most frequently appeared imaging modality on the KOITE (41.0%) compared to the radiograph on the US OITE (43.0%). The Latarjet procedure was the most commonly asked treatment modality (22.2%) on the KOITE, whereas arthroplasty (33.3%) on the US OITE. The KOITE showed an even taxonomic classification distribution compared to the US OITE. Campbell's operative orthopaedics covered 96.6% questions as a reference on the KOITE compared to the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, American Volume on the US OITE, which covered 45.0%.
This specific analysis shows us current trends of the shoulder and elbow section of the KOITE and it might be developed for use in the educational curricula for the trainee.
Key Words: Orthopedics; Korean orthopedic in-training examination; Shoulder; Elbow
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