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.


The AO Program for Education and Excellence in Research (AO PEER) is a collection of resources, reference documents, and learning opportunities designed for health care professionals who want to learn or improve the skills they need to conduct clinical research.

AO PEER—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 AO PEER platform provides a collection of useful resources and learning opportunities for surgeons who are interested in learning how to conduct research.​​

AO PEER’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​

AO PEER taskforce

AO PEER is strategically guided by a cross-divisional taskforce:

Asdrubal Falavigna

AO Spine

Risto Kontio


Matthew Allen


Frankie Leung
Hong Kong

AO Trauma

How to access AO PEER

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