AO Program for Education and Excellence in Research (AO PEER)
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AO PEER profits from the wealth of expertise available within the AO—through the 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 taskforce with the support of the AO Education Institute (AO EI) and the AO Innovation Translation Center.
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In connection with the COVID-19 situation, most AO PEER courses will be postponed or cancelled. The AO endeavors to give due notice of these decisions but encourages you to ensure the tickets and accommodation you book are refundable.
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Following registration, you will be guided through the AO PEER course at your own pace (20 hours of learning).
October 26, 2021
AO PEER Webinar—Research mentorship
This webinar presented by the AO Program for Education and Excellence in Research (AO PEER) discusses how to foster a good mentee-mentor relationship from the research project idea to publication. On an expert panel a research mentee and a research mentor discuss and reflect on their roles and provide a guide to what makes a good mentee-mentor relationship.
Vincenzo Giordano, MD, Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon, Hospital Municipal Miguel Couto, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil representing the mentor's perspective and Mike Mallow, a 4th year medical student at the Medical College of Georgia, USA shares his experience as mentee in the field of research. The webinar is moderated by Matthew Allen, Professor of Small Animal Surgery, Cambridge University, UK, and AO VET representative in the AO PEER taskforce.
- Recognize how research mentorship contributes to a successful research career
- Identify ways to find a mentor
- Manage expectations of the mentorship collaboration for both the mentee and the mentor
June 3, 2021
AO PEER Webinar—Choosing the right animal model
Stephan Zeiter and Caroline Constant are presenting the interactive webinar. In this webinar you will learn about the importance of selecting the most appropriate animal model for your translational research. The experts from the AO Research Institute (ARI) will explain the steps needed to develop a sound research methodology that will allow you to answer your primary research question, and we will discuss about the ethical considerations when planning a translational research project.
- Recognize the value of deliberate initial planning regarding the most appropriate animal model
- Evaluate if the selected animal model is suitable to answer the primary research question
- Reflect on the ethical implications of choosing an inappropriate animal model
- Describe the translational research approach to link the preclinical research question to clinical practice.
July 20, 2020
AO PEER Webinar—Statistics and sample size calculation: Give your study enough power!
Anahí Hurtado Chong, Gerard Slobogean, and Lehana Thabane present a live interactive webinar focusing on how a study question is linked with sample size calculation and the statistical analysis. It includes a discussion of the most relevant concepts of sample size calculation based on an example study.
- Identify the factors that influence sample size
- Describe how the selection of the appropriate statistical method is crucial for the correct analysis and interpretation of results
- Recognize the value of getting support
June 9, 2020
Critical Appraisal of Scientific Literature–Reading Between the Lines
Osama Farouk, Elke Rometsch, and Anahí Hurtado Chong are presenting the live interactive webinar. In this webinar you will learn why critical appraisal of literature is important. We provide a hands-on checklist which helps you to systematically assess the quality of a scientific manuscript.
- Recognize the importance of critically appraising scientific literature
- Adopt a critical approach to reading the literature
- Apply a systematic process to assess the quality and validity of a scientific paper
May 14, 2020
Selecting the Optimal Study Design for your Research Question
Adeolu Adeyeye and Anahí Hurtado Chong are presenting a live interactive webinar about selecting the optimal study design for a research question.
- Describe the different study designs in clinical research and their pros and cons
- Differentiate between observational and interventional studies
- Differentiate between descriptive and analytical studies
- Recognize the value of initial evaluation to select the appropriate study design to answer your research question
April 7, 2020
How to Identify a Clinical Problem for Research–How to Formulate a Structured Research Question
Matthew Allen and Alessandro Aprato are presenting a live interactive webinar about: how to identify a clinical problem for research, and how to formulate a structured research question.
- Recognize the value of deliberate initial planning for a high quality and relevant research study
- Evaluate if a clinical problem is suitable for research
- Explain how the iterative development and refinement process clarifies the clinical problem and lays the groundwork for your study
- Formulate a structured and specific clinical research question by applying the PICOT concept
What course participants have to say
“The course content and delivery were simplified, which made learning easy. Lectures were presented in an interesting manner, which helped me to clearly understand the principles of clinical research.”
Adenaike Funmilola, maxillofacial surgeon, department of Dental and Maxillofacial Surgery, National Hospital, Abuja, Nigeria
“Very professional, well-structured online course, reviewing the basics of clinical research in a nutshell. Useful resource of information and guidance for junior—but also more experienced—
physicians wanting to be actively involved in clinical research. I am very glad to have participated!”
Emmanouil Psathas, MD, FEBVS, Consultant for vascular surgery, HFR Fribourg - Cantonal Hospital, Fribourg, Switzerland
About AO PEER
AO PEER is a collection of clinical research resources, reference documents, and learning opportunities. AO PEER is designed for health care professionals who want to learn or improve the skills needed to conduct clinical research.
This platform was developed by a cross-divisional taskforce with the following members:
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