Board Review Course

July 17 & 18, 2017

Orthopedics as a specialty has become a very broad one, including: the spine, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, reconstruction of the hip and knee, and ankle and foot. Not forgetting Pediatrics and tumor surgery as a specialty.

Before becoming a sub-specialist, one has to know the basics, which includes all of the above mentioned fields.

It is not permissible for a minimally-invasive spine surgeon, as an example, to miss a diagnosis in other fields claiming that it is not within his/her specialty.

For this not to happen, all Orthopedic surgeons should have a good basic knowledge of Orthopedics prior to diving into a particular subspecialty. Hence, the initiative of the International Musculoskeletal Society to start a unique Board Review Preparatory Course to prepare and equip doctors in the knowledge of preparing for the exam and most importantly what to do and what not to do during the board examination.

For this initiative to reach its fullest potential, the IMS is partnering with the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the North American Spine Society (NASS).

Description of the Program:

Review Course will be for two days.

  • One Day & ½ day of didactic review lectures (17 hours)
    • Review lectures on all aspects of orthopedic:
      • Sports Medicine
      • Adult reconstructive surgery
      • Spine
      • Pediatric
      • Trauma
      • Upper Extremity & Hand
      • Pathology
      • Foot and Ankle
    • Lectures are template based and formatted to the following:
      • Source of information is predominantly the AAOS review book (will be provided to faculty via e-book, complement of the AAOS)
      • Evidence based, non controversial lectures
      • AAOS formatted lectures
      • Lectures are consistent year after year
    • Sample of well-selected Multiple Choice Questions will be discussed in each subspecialty, provided by the AAOS.
  • Half day:
    • 5 Hours:
      • Introduction and remarks by board examiners how to prepare and take the exam
      • 8 Round tables, One for each sub-specialty
      • Mock Exam: each Board Candidate will take a mock exam in front of Jury with Constructive feedback from the jury
      • Final remarks

Who should attend?

  • Doctors from the entire Middle East who are preparing to take their national board (Saudi, Kuwaiti, Jordanian, etc….) or the Arab Board or any other exam.
  • Any Physician who would like to refresh his or her knowledge in a very well structured and compact manner

Our Faculty:

Our faculties are very carefully selected from USA/Canada, Europe and Middle East based on various strict criteria:

  • Academic involvement
  • Scientific reputation
  • Prior experience in being examiner in one or more of Board Exams


Candidates who are interested in attending this highly anticipated course or programs who would like to register their doctors are asked to visit the IMS website at for easy registration.

The Board Review Course will conveniently take place on July 17 and 18th, the two days just prior to the IMS annual meeting in order to give the attendees and faculty the chance to attend both, the board review course and the IMS annual meeting as well as attend the state of the art cadaveric workshops. Discount packages have been prepared for convenience. For more info, please visit our website at

Finally, we’re very excited to have you join us in this great event that would be given on a yearly basis.

The Chairmen of the Board Review Course,

To view the program for the Board Review Course


To register for the Board Review Course, please visit the registration page

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John Abdelnoor, M.D., FRCS(C)

John Abdelnoor, M.D., FRCS(C)

Clinical Professor, Lebanese American University

Professor Emeritus, Lebanese University

Clinical Associate, American University of Beirut

Head, Arab Examination Board in Orthopedic Surgery

Abdulrazzaq Alobaid, M.D., FRCS(C)

Abdulrazzaq Alobaid, M.D., FRCS(C)

Chief of Spine Surgery & Chairman of Orthopedics ERs Alrazi Hospital, Kuwait

Past Chairman of Faculty of Orthopedics (KIMS)

Kuwait Institute Medical Specialization

Chairman of Kuwait Orthopedic Association

Zayed Al Zayed, M.D., FRCS(C)

Zayed Al Zayed, M.D., FRCS(C)

Chairman of Orthopedic, KFSHRC

Past President of Saudi Post Graduate Studies, Saudi Commission for Health


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