Orthopaedic Surgery - Content Blueprint

Note: Because of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) publication, NCCPA will adapt its content blueprints, disease and disorder lists, and psychiatry-related terminology within test questions to conform to DSM-5 classifications and diagnostic criteria for all of our examinations beginning in 2015, according to the following timeline:

CAQ Examinations administered from August 2015 to July 2016:
In these examinations, psychiatry-related terminology within test questions will include the DSM-5 terminology followed by the DSM-IV-TR terminology in parentheses. Example: illness anxiety disorder (hypochondriasis)

Based on delays in implementation of DSM-5 guidelines within the field of psychiatry, NCCPA will continue to present psychiatry-related terminology within test questions in the manner outlined above until further notice.

Fractures/Dislocations (22%)

  • Management/Healing
  • Upper Extremity
  • Spine
  • Lower Extremity
  • Pelvis and Hip
  • Pathologic Fractures

Multiple Trauma (3%)

  • Assessment
  • Complications

Sprains and Soft-Tissue Pathology (23%)

  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Hand Disorders
  • Knee Disorders
  • Foot/Ankle Disorders
  • Neurologic Disorders
  • Overuse Syndromes
  • Bursitis
  • Benign Cysts

Spine (11%)

  • Herniated Disks
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Scoliosis
  • Musculoskeletal Strain
  • Spondylolisthesis/Spondylolysis
  • Cauda Equina Syndrome

Total Joint (15%)

  • Articular Cartilage Injuries
  • Degenerative Joint Disease (knees, hips, shoulders, and other joints)
  • Total Joint Arthroplasty
  • Revision Surgery

Infectious Disease (8%)

  • Osteomyelitis
  • Soft-Tissue Infections
  • Diabetic Infections
  • Septic Joint

Pediatric (14%)

  • Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis
  • Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease
  • Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip
  • Clubfoot
  • Osgood-Schlatter Disease
  • Fractures/Complications

Benign and Malignant Bone Tumors (4%)

  • Osteochondroma
  • Solitary (Unicameral) Bone Cyst
  • Enchondroma
  • Osteoid Osteoma
  • Giant Cell Tumor
  • Metastatic Disease
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Chondrosarcoma
  • Fibrosarcoma
  • Ewing Sarcoma
  • Paget Disease
  • Nonossifying Fibroma

Orthopaedic Surgery - Disease/Disorder List

To view a list of some of the diseases and disorders that may appear on the Orthopaedic Surgery CAQ Examination, click here. Keep in mind that the list may not be all-inclusive of the topics covered on the exam.

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