AOCID units

Business development and management

Clinical Operations 

Clinical Operations

Clinical Operations 

Medical Affairs and Health Economics

Medical Affairs & Health Economics





AOPEER Courses 

AOPEER Principles of Clinical Research
29-30 August 2019, Cologne, Germany

AOPEER Principles of Clinical Research
25-26 October 2019, Fribourg, Switzerland

AOPEER Principles of Clinical Research
9-10 November 2019, 
Toronto, Canada

AOPEER Principles of Clinical Research
07-08 December, 2019
Davos, Switzerland
Registration will open soon!

AOPEER Study Management and Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
08-09 December, 2019​
Davos, Switzerland
Registration will open soon!

For more information about upcoming courses in 2019, please contact 

Clinical Research Education 

Denise Hess 
Denise Hess

Manager Clinical Education

The Key to Success

Over the past few years, clinical research education has become an increasingly important and integral part of AOCID. Through clinical research, the AO Foundation can develop a network of well-trained surgeons who can produce high quality evidence in clinical research, which leads to publications in journals with higher impact, and improved patient care. 

Currently, AOCID has two main clinical research education projects:


AOCID Clinical Research Fellowship program

Anahí Hurtado 
Anahí Hurtado
Senior Project Manager
Medical Affairs
Ivo Schauwecker
Ivo Schauwecker
Clinical Service
 Marina Meuwly 

Marina Meuwly
Project Coordinator
Clinical Education
Mulekwa Merten 

Mulekwa Merten
Study Assistant

AO Program for Education and Excellence in Research (AOPEER)


In 2016, the AOCID was mandated by the AO Foundation Board to take over operational lead of the AO Program for Education and Excellence in Research (AOPEER), which offers surgeons the ability to gain training and experience in all phases of clinical research.​

AOPEER—designed by surgeons, for surgeons

Many surgeons receive lit​tle to no training in the principles of research, and accessing grant funding is generally not part of a surgeon’s skill set. Designed to meet this need, the AOPEER platform provides a collection of useful resources and learning opportunities for surgeons who are interested in learning how to conduct research.​​

AOPEER’s guidelines, courses, eLearning modules, articles, checklists, and templates cover all aspects of clinical research, including:

  • The fundamentals of research
  • Critical reading of literature
  • How to write a grant or study proposal​
  • Study management
  • Data management
  • Statistics
  • How to publish your results​

AOPEER taskforce

​AOPEER is strategically guided by a cross-divisional taskforce:

Stephen Kates 
Position Vacant
Michael Blauth
Asdrubal Falavigna
Asdrubal Falavigna 

Risto Kontio

Risto Kontio 
Matthew Allen
United Kingdom


How to access AOPEER

AOPEER is free for all members of an AO Clinical Division.​



AOCID Clinical Research Fellowship Program

Targeted to surgeons who are looking to gain experience in all phases of clinical research, this fellowship offers opportunities to learn study planning, monitoring, data analysis, and publication.

For more information click here​