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ESSKA European Specialists Core Curriculum.


In 2016, ESSKA’s leadership produced a strategic plan for its future continuous professional education – the “ESSKA European Specialists Core Curriculum”.


Launched in May 2020, this modular competency-based core curriculum is based on both theoretical and practical knowledge, to define the core competencies required by ESSKA specialists. It consists of 285 Core Competencies, which have been arranged into ESSKA’s six Specialist areas: Knee, Shoulder, Foot & Ankle, Hip, Elbow & Forearm, and Sport & Exercise.

How was the Core Curriculum developed?

The Core Curriculum was developed within ESSKA and using ESSKA’s expertise. Under the guidance of its Educational Secretary – Martin Lind and an external medical consultant, a Working Group was established, which reviewed the existing curricula for each specialist area, and the relevant literature. The Working Group drew up a list of Core Competencies, and then consulted ESSKA membership. Survey respondents were asked to rate each of these competencies and their ratings were used by the Working Group for the final curriculum.

How to use the Core Curriculum

The core curriculum can be used by individuals to help identify, address and evidence their own learning needs and Continuing Professional Development (CPD); when developing, and comparing other Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine curricula; and as a template for assessment and accreditation.

Going forward, the core curriculum will give direction and strength to all of ESSKA’s educational activities, resources and priorities for development, and that, all ESSKA courses and ESSKA fellowships will knowingly fulfill the various aspects, identified. The core curriculum will be the corner stone for further development of ESSKA educational activities.

Download the Core Curriculum

Download the pdf of the ESSKA European Specialists Core Curriculum from the ESSKA Academy.



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