Scholar Series

The Scholar Series, developed by ACOP members Robert W. Hostoffer, DO, PhD, and Brian P. Peppers, DO, PhD, is designed to help develop scholarly environments and to meet residents’ program requirements for research. In the new single GME system, curricula “must advance residents’ knowledge of the basic principles of research, including how research is conducted, evaluated, explained to patients, and applied to patient care.” See the list of ACGME requirements by specialty.

Anyone interested in research – whether residents, practicing physicians or medical students – will find these sessions helpful. The videos (scholar4, scholar7, scholarspecific) can also be used by residency directors for faculty development within your institution or just to learn more about the research process.

About the Presenters

Scholar 7 is a series of seven video workshops that you may start and end at any time. The program leads the viewers into the scholarly process. You will be taught that initiating a research project is not difficult. You will be shown how to develop a hypothesis, create specific aims, preliminary data, materials and methods, and conclusions. The completed document will serve as your Institutional Review Board (IRB) submission and grant proposal (though the IRB submission process may vary from institution to institution).


Session 1: Getting Started with Fun Items (34:15 minutes)
Session 2: Introduction, Hypothesis, Specific Aims (34:15 minutes)
Session 3: Preliminary Data (18:30 minutes)
Session 4: Materials and Methods (23:51 minutes)
Session 5: Conclusions (14 minutes)
Session 6: IRB Review of Application (37:41 minutes)
Session 7: Final Review and Wrap Up (40:09 minutes)

Scholar 7 is available through the link above without CME. To earn 3.25 credits of AOA Category 1-A CME, visit the AOA’s website at


Scholar 4 is a series of four videos that provides the style and floorplan for a proper abstract, poster, manuscript and oral presentation. They can be used by students, residents, fellows and attendings at the mid-academic year or whenever they are ready to submit their

It is recommended that users complete the Scholar 7 series before using the Scholar 4 series.

Session 1: Abstract development (42:05 minutes)
Session 2: Poster development (46:44 minutes)
Session 3: Oral presentation (51 minutes)
Session 4: Manuscript development (55:27 minutes)

Scholar 4 is available through the link above without CME. To earn 3.25 credits of AOA Category 1-A CME, visit the AOA’s website at


The next phase of the Scholar Series was released in December 2017. Scholar Specific is a 1-1/2 hour video to assist with case presentation.

Scholar Specific