Council of Orthopaedic Residency Directors

To facilitate excellence in musculoskeletal graduate medical education, the AOA’s Council of Orthopaedic Residency Directors (CORD) leads the advancement of best practices by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and the search for solutions to major challenges.

CORD Resources

AOA/SOMOS Faculty Development Lecture Series

In collaboration with the Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons, AOA produced these downloadable lectures to offer a robust, on-demand, and current resource for education skill development of orthopaedic faculty.

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Transition to Practice Lecture Series

Developed by the AOA Fellowship Education Coalition, these downloadable lectures aid Fellowship and Residency Program Directors in educating fellows and senior level residents in all subspecialties, focused on critical topics for transition to independent practice.

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Orthopaedic Residency Information Network (ORIN)

CORD is pleased to announce the launch of the Orthopaedic Residency Information Network. Medical students can harness ORIN to research programs across a variety of parameters.

Learn more about ORIN here.

Recommended Guidelines: 2021-2022 Orthopaedic Residency Recruitment

AOA/CORD has released recommendations on Away Rotations and Interviews for the 2021-2022 cycle.

View these here or in the CORD News section.

AOA Critical Issues in Education

JBJS Open Access Channel 
Content focused on major issues in orthopaedic education.

Electronic Standardized Letter of Recommendation

Resource for Applicants and Letter Authors 
The eSLOR provides orthopaedic residency programs a concise perspective on a candidate. It replaces a separate narrative letter of recommendation.

CORD offers program membership, providing benefits to multiple educational leaders within one program such as the residency program director, department chair, program manager/coordinator, fellowship director, and other educational leaders affiliated with the program. With nearly all US ACGME-accredited residency programs as members of CORD and including several Canadian programs, the community is all-encompassing – small, large, residency, fellowship, osteopathic, allopathic, transition from medical school and to practice – all vital representation within the diverse CORD community.

CORD Exchange

This forum facilitates member-to-member discussions of issues related to resident/fellow education and programs. The community is for CORD member institutions only.

Access the CORD Exchange (Login is required. Access is limited to CORD program affiliates only.)

CORD Education

CORD conferences are held twice per year. A spring conference is held during the AAOS Annual Meeting and a longer conference at the AOA Annual Meeting. Additional Town Halls and Webinars are held throughout the year to discuss critical issues in education.

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Students & Residents

Helping to impact the future, The American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) develops leaders, strategies, and resources to promote advances in musculoskeletal care.

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2022 Spring CORD Conference Agenda
Theme: Assessments in Education: Subjective vs Objective
Spring CORD Conference Agenda
Recorded Webinars, Conferences and Town Halls
Virtual CORD programming presented live and recorded for future viewing.
CORD Education