AO PEER delivers real value—and a unique hands-on approach
As a veterinary expert specializing in musculoskeletal system-related preclinical and clinical research, Dr Matthew Allen knows the value of research.
17 October 2019
As a veterinary expert specializing in musculoskeletal system-related preclinical and clinical research, Dr Matthew Allen knows the value of research—and he knows the value that AO Program for Education and Excellence in Research (AO PEER) resources provide to health care professionals, whether they’re looking to their clinical research skills or simply interested in learning what constitutes credible research.
AO PEER’s guidelines, courses, e-learning modules, articles, checklists and templates cover all aspects of clinical research, including research fundamentals, critical reading of literature, how to write a grant or study proposal, study management, data management, statistics, and how to publish research results.
Allen, who is director of the Surgical Discovery Centre at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, chair of the AO VET Research and Development Commission, and a member of the AO PEER cross-divisional taskforce, said AO PEER is unique in its approach.
“Like the AO’s clinical training, AO PEER courses emphasize small group discussion and interaction with eminent teaching faculty. It’s a different way of learning than being ‘taught at,’” he said. “AO PEER participants learn the theory behind how to conduct research, but they also get to practice.”
And AO PEER courses are not just for health care professionals who are active in research. Allen said they also are valuable for clinicians who want to access the most credible research in order to best guide their clinical decision making.
“Veterinarians and physicians use best practices to make clinical decisions; these best practices are developed from research, so you want to be able to identify good research,” he said.
Moreover, AO PEER courses often bring together basic scientists, residents involved in research, and orthopedic, trauma and craniomaxillofacial surgeons, as well as veterinary orthopedic surgeons, providing for a rich peer-to-peer engagement.