Scholar 7: A Guide to Research Development for the Osteopathic Profession

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In 2015, University Hospitals in Cleveland had several hospitals that were new to osteopathic medical education. There was an urgent need to establish a faculty development program to prepare the new community faculty physicians in both teaching and learning, as well as in developing scholarly activity. This need was accelerated when the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) entered into an agreement in 2015 to transition to a single accreditation system (SAS) for graduate medical education (GME) in the U.S. 

The SAS will be fully implemented by July 2020. Through osteopathic-focused residency programs, the new system will recognize the unique principles and practices of the osteopathic medical profession and its contributions to health care. One of the concerns with the single GME accreditation system was the ability of our AOA–approved training programs to meet the scholarly requirements if they were going to successfully transition to meet accreditation standards of the ACGME. 

Our current AAO president, Michael P. Rowane, DO, MS, FAAFP, FAAO, during the 2015-16 academic year, established a faculty development series that was a partnership of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) and their osteopathic postgraduate training institute, the Lake Erie Consortium of Osteopathic Medical Training (LECOMT), along with University Hospitals Osteopathic Consortium. 

In order to meet the scholarly activity needs of the new faculty, Dr. Rowane reached out to Robert W. Hostoffer Jr., DO, FAAP, FACOP, FCCP, FACOI, who developed an innovative research training program along with his Allergy-Immunology Chief Fellow, Brian P. Peppers, DO, PhD. 

What It Is
There are many forms of scholarly work that are available. The idea behind Scholar 7 was to focus on the basic skills needed to create a scholarly environment within your practice, institution, or residency training program. Scholar 7 was designed for the practicing clinician with little or no research experience. 

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).

Who Can Access It
The Scholar 7 series is designed for everyone in the osteopathic profession, including students, interns, residents and fellows, as well as attending physicians. This can occur at the beginning of each academic year or when it is convenient for the participant. This is an ideal faculty development program to be used in any institution, or for anyone practicing in the community to just learn more about the research process.

The Scholar 7 series developed by Drs. Hostoffer and Peppers is free to all members of the osteopathic profession and to anyone involved in osteopathic-focused training programs. The Ohio Osteopathic Association has dedicated web page links to the program. To access the videos, simply provide your name and your status. 

Session Titles
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)

Access the Scholar 7 videos now.

About the Presenters

Robert W. Hostoffer Jr., DO, FAAP, FACOP, FCCP, FACOIRobert W. Hostoffer Jr., DO
Dr. Hostoffer, who practices in Cleveland, is a nationally recognized expert in allergic and immunologic disorders affecting both children and adults. Dr. Hostoffer presented at the AAO’s 2017 Convocation for the faculty development series. He is an adjunct clinical professor of pediatrics at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pennsylvania, a clinical professor for the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and an associate clinical professor in pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University. He also is the program director of the pediatric and adult allergy and immunology (A/I) fellowship at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, which was the first AOA-accredited A/I program in the US when it was established through University Hospitals Regional Hospitals. It was recently granted initial accreditation by the ACGME, and it has applied for ACGME osteopathic recognition. The program ranks in the top 20 percent of all A/I programs in the nation.

Dr. Hostoffer is a leader in the medical profession. He is a past president of the Ohio Osteopathic Association, the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians (ACOP), the Cleveland Academy of Osteopathic Medicine, and the Cleveland Allergy Society. He has published over 100 papers in medical journals, of which a number are focused on advancing the osteopathic concept. He developed pediatric osteopathic manipulative treatment training modules for the ACOP, which are currently available as a resource for the osteopathic profession. 

Dr. Hostoffer is the recipient of many awards, including honorary fellow status in the American College of Osteopathic Internists and 2015 Pediatrician of the Year by ACOP.

Brian P. Peppers, DO, PhDBrian P. Peppers, DO
Dr. Peppers is a board certified pediatrician and chief fellow of the University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center’s pediatric and adult allergy and immunology fellowship created and led by Dr. Hostoffer. Dr. Peppers has an extensive research background from his PhD in organic chemistry, postdoctoral work with adjuvant design and synthesis for vaccines and medical research on projects ranging from case reports to bench.

As an emerging leader in the medical profession, Dr. Peppers helps medical programs design research projects and increase their overall proficiencies in research. His current work in the Scholar 7 program is to help identify and remove barriers that hinder and deter participants from pursuing their scholarly goals. He joined Dr. Hostoffer as a presenter at the 2017 AAO Convocation for the faculty development series. 

Dr. Peppers is a 2011 graduate of the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, Florida. He completed his pediatric residency at University Hospitals prior to entering his allergy and immunology fellowship.