CORD's Purpose

The American Orthopaedic Association's Council of Orthopaedic Residency Directors (CORD) program strives to recognize best practices in orthopaedic residency education and fellowship education based on ACGME-defined essential knowledge and skills in each of the residency education competency areas. CORD provides a forum for academic orthopaedic leaders to exchange ideas, discuss solutions to challenges and find ways to effectively teach residents in orthopaedic programs.

CORD projects and initiatives work to: 

  • Recognize best practices in orthopaedic residency education and fellowship education to achieve common educational goals
  • Offer the opportunity to work with stakeholders in education
  • Promote the program director's academic profile
  • Provide mentorship and networking opportunities

CORD and Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) programs


APEX Leadership Cohort Begins Their 10-Month Long Journey

Posted on 1/16/2019
This month, 40 orthopaedic surgeons will embark on a 10-month-long educational experience developed by The AOA and the USC Marshall School of Business Executive Education.

Connect with the AOA

Posted on 7/5/2018
Connect with the AOA via mobile app, Twitter, LinkedIn, and on the AOA Traveling Fellowship Blog.

Essentials of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery for Residents

Posted on 8/1/2017
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) is offering a course that includes hands-on lab instruction, case discussions, and podium presentations by ASES faculty.

Robert Bucholz Resident Journal Club Grant Program

Posted on 8/1/2017
Sponsored by JBJS, this grant program promotes the career-long skills of orthopaedic residents in evaluating orthopaedic literature about practice decisions.

Department Chair Acknowledges a Forgotten Resource

Posted on 8/1/2017
In his letter published in the July 2017 CORD Report, Dr. Theodore Parsons urges program leaders to adequately support their dedicated program coordinators.

2017 CORD Top Posters

Posted on 9/12/2017
2017 Summer CORD Conference attendees vote for the top 5 posters.