The AO Program for Education and Excellence in Research (AO PEER) is a knowledge platform especially designed for health care professionals who want to learn and improve their clinical research skills.

AO PEER offers courses taught by distinguished AO faculty, including the self-directed online Principles of Clinical Research course.


Are you responsible for your hospital’s residency program? Or are you an aspiring researcher? Are you struggling to get started on your idea for a research topic? In this self-directed online course, participants will gain the skills they need to carry out clinical research at the highest level and maximize the chances of getting the work published and recognized by the research community.

Gain an understanding of research and how it is conducted

AO PEER knowledge resources and courses can help make you a better researcher and a better clinician with a drive to continuously improve and solve problems. Learn about the fundamentals of research, critical reading, and grant writing. Get organized with study management, data management, and statistics—all topics you need to master in order for you to improve the quality of your research and get your work published.

Receive updates and information about the AO PEER Online course—Principles of Clinical Research.

Interested in research education?

Are you a resident, orthopedic surgeon, or a health care professional with an idea for a research project, but struggling with how to get started?

AO PEER online platform

Explore the AO PEER online platform to discover a wide variety of practical tools to download, including up to ten hours of webinar content, seven hours of reading, and three hours of interactive online learning modules.

Self-directed online course

Enroll in our self-directed online course. Learn the basics and get off to a good start. Twenty UEMS-EACCME credits are awarded for course completion.

Upcoming courses

Check our upcoming courses on research education to start exchanging ideas with research experts from all over the world.

Are you looking to take your research to the next level?

Are you a PhD candidate or advanced researcher? Then you might find these topics interesting.

Explore key topics

Make use of AO PEER content focused on key topics like how to choose the best study design, how to apply data protection guidelines, and how to create compelling scientific posters.

Useful templates

On the AO PEER platform, you will find useful templates on how to prepare a project proposal or budget to ensure that you're ready to submit your next grant application.

Online learning modules

Explore our online learning modules to find out which statistical test to use for your research analysis. This will help increase the impact and credibility of your scientific work.

AO PEER task force

Dino Samartzis

United States

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Frankie Leung

Hong Kong

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Matthew Allen

United Kingdom


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AO PEER is constantly evolving. AO PEER profits from the wealth of expertise available within the AO—through a commitment to best practices and excellence in research and education. AO PEER leverages these trusted resources, which were developed and evaluated by the AO PEER task force consisting of distinguished surgeon-researchers with the support of the AO Education Institute (AO EI), the AO Research Institute Davos (ARI), and the AO Innovation Translation Center (AO ITC).

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