The Orthopaedist's Guide to the Internet

This guide has been developed by the members of the Internet Society of Orthopedic Surgery and Trauma (ISOST) to serve as a self-guided tutorial to the Internet for orthopedists. Although there are many other guides available, we felt that a guide written by orthopedic surgeons specifically directed to the interests of fellow orthopedists would more directly address your needs than a general interest guide. This guide is an ongoing project and will be continually updated, in the way that only an Internet document can be. It will be highly hyperlinked, with orthopaedic-specific examples.

It is designed to allow you to choose the level of expertise and subject area that interest you at the time. We have tried to make your journey easier and more productive by teaching you about the tools you'll be using. We also want to give you some ideas about where you'll want to go on the Orthopaedic Internet. And when you're ready to start contributing to the orthopaedic knowledgebase on the Internet, we'll show you how you can get involved in our organization. For those of us in the global orthopaedic community the Internet is about a huge global conversation.

David Nelson, MD.

Note: The original guide was developed between 1999 - 2002. The concept of the Orthopaedist's Guide to the Internet lives strong in the Electronic Skills Pavillion at the AAOS Annual Meeting. The table of contents of the Orthopaedist's Guide to the Internet is provided below for historical purposes. 

The Orthopaedist's Guide to the Internet is designed to provide an Orthopaedic Surgeon with self-teaching tools to improve his or her use of the Internet for obtaining orthopaedic information. Each persons information requirements and their current level of knowledge about the Internet are unique. So the Guide is structured in a many-layered way to allow users to pick out what they need.

Table of Contents:
In Chapter 2: E-mail
Editor: Myles Clough, MD, DPhil
This sections deals with the following topics regarding E-mail Programs:
  1. Introduction
  2. Setting up Outlook Express
  3. Receiving Mail
  4. Viewing Mail
  5. Replying to Mail
  6. Sending Mail to a new receiver
  7. Email Attachments
  8. Email Folders
  9. Setting up and using Filters
  10. Using the address book
and the following E-mail Related Topics:
  1. Mailing Lists
  2. Orthopod Mailing Lists
  3. Review of Orthopod Lists (1999)
  4. Medico/legal issues
  5. Information Overload
  6. Spam
  7. Viruses and virus hoaxes
  8. Virus details
  9. Anti-virus software
  10. Email Encryption
In Chapter 3: Searching
Editor: Myles Clough, MD, DPhil
This section deals with finding orthopaedic information both on the Internet and in the orthopaedic journals.
  • Introduction
  • Contents
  • Handout on Searching (General)
  • PubMed Workshop (MedLine)
  • Internet Grateful Med Workshop (Medline)
  • Workshop - Searching the Orthopaedic Internet
  • Intelligent Search Technology
  • Links for the Searching Module
  • Acknowledgements
In Chapter 4: Office Websites
Editor: David Nelson, MD.
This section deals with planning and creating a website to showcase your practice.
  • Introduction
  • Four stages of designing an Office Website
  • Objectives
  • Explore what is currently available
  • Decide where you want to host the site
  • Designing a first order site
  • Designing a first rate site
  • Continuous Quality Improvement
  • Chapter Summary
In Chapter 5: Imaging
Editor: Myles Clough, MD, DPhil
This section describes ways to create, organise and edit computer files of x-rays and other illustrations.
  • Introduction
  • Image Capture
  • Video Capture
  • Scanner
  • Digital Camera
  • Digital Radiology systems
  • Images of Arthroscopy
  • Image Editing
  • Etiquette When Sending Images
In Chapter 6: Finding Orthopaedic Company Information
Editor: Leda Lada
  • Part I
  • Part II
  • Orthopaedic Web Links (OWL) Commercial
  • OWL Reviews of commercial pages
    • Biomet
    • DePuy
    • Stryker/Howmedica/Osteonics
    • Johnson & Johnson
    • Smith & Nephew
    • Zimmer
In Chapter 7: On-line Discussion Forums
Editor: Charles Eaton, MD.
This section describes several of the current Internet based discussion methods.
  • Introduction
  • Chat
  • Email
  • Listserve
  • Multimedia
  • Newsgroups
In Chapter 8: WebPage Creation and Editing
Editor: Myles Clough, MD, DPhil
This section is a workshop on the use of a specific webpage editor (Microsoft FrontPage) to create and illustrate web pages. It also introduces you to a large resources of text and illustrations about orthopaedics which you could use to practice web page creation. Note: Though you can view these pages with a browser you cannot do the workshop unless you download them and view them in the FrontPage editing system. Other editing system can be used but there will be significant differences and the instructions in the workshop may not be applicable.
  • Introduction
  • Setting up the page editing workshop
  • Workshop on using the FrontPage Editor (Overview)
  • Basic Editing Skills
  • Using FrontPage Editor
  • Resources for Creating a WebPage
  • Arthroscopy WebPage Resources
  • Image Bank
  • Converting Word Processor Files to Pages in your Web
  • Patient Information on Arthroscopy of the Knee (unformatted example)
  • Patient Information on Arthroscopy of the knee (formatted and illustrated example)
In Appendix I: Additional Reading and Reviews
  • Additional Reading
  • Reviews
    • Hand World
    • Orthopaedic Rare Conditions Internet Database (ORCID)
    • "Orthopod" Family of Mailing Lists (Note: Mailing Lists have changed URLs since this was written. See Orthogate site for details)
In Development:
  • Introduction to Orthogate Classification of Orthopaedic Subject Headings - OCOSH (Searching)
  • Workshop on using Orthopaedic Web Links - OWL (Searching)
  • Guide to the AAOS Website