Scholar Series

With single GME accreditation system, there is a need to develop scholarly work within osteopathic training programs. Although many forms of scholarly work are available, the "Scholar Series" focuses on the skills needed to create a scholarly environment and help meet residents' program requirements (IV.B.1. The curriculum 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.

In addition to residents, attending physicians  and medical students will find the series valuable. The videos can also be used by residency directors for faculty development within your institution or just to learn more about the research process.

Start with the Scholar 7 series, then proceed to Scholar 4.

Scholar 7

Scholar 7 LogoScholar 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).

As of July 28, 2017, Scholar 7 is approved by the American Osteopathic Association for 3.25 AOA Category 1-A CME credits. To receive the free credit you must sign-in and view the video series (and complete the test) at

Get access to the SCHOLAR 7 videos without CME.

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) 

Scholar 4

Scholar 4 is the second set of videos, released in 2017, to help continue the scholarly process. This series provides the style and floorplan of a proper abstract, poster, manuscript and oral presentation. Use the four lectures toward the mid-academic year or whenever you are ready to submit.

Session TitlesScholar4Logo

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)

Get access to the SCHOLAR 4 videos without CME.

As of August 22, 2017, Scholar 4 is approved by the American Osteopathic Association for 3.25 AOA Category 1-A CME credits. To receive the free credit you must sign-in and view the video series (and complete the test) at the AOA online learning site.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Hostoffer or Dr. Peppers for assistance. Scholar 4 and Scholar 7 sessions review basic concepts of developing a scholarly culture within your institution. This valuable information was developed by physicians for physicians and is intended for free and public use. Please share these videos and information with others who would benefit from sound guidance and support toward professional scholarly activity.

Scholar Specific

Scholar SpecificScholar Specific was released in December 2017 with video 1. Two additional video workshops were added in Fall 2018. There are three videos in this set.

Session Titles

Session 1: Case Presentation (1hour:30 minutes)

Session 2: Capstone for Osteopathic Focused Scholarly Activity (53:20 minutes)
This video compares osteopathic research and traditional research. It includes scenarios that mimic real life medical students’ and residents’ rotations and where clinical observations are made. From these observations the video demonstrates how scholar work can be developed.

Session 3: Osteopathic Recognition Curriculum (48:22 minutes)
Our Scholar Series presenters discuss Implementing an Innovative ACGME Osteopathic Recognition Curriculum, and how it can be developed utilizing options that are already available to the teaching program. Our panelists include four medical education leaders: program director, dean, young faculty and curriculum chair.

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As of December 7, 2018, Scholar Specific is approved by the American Osteopathic Association for 3.25 AOA Category 1-A CME credits. To receive the free credit you must sign-in and view the video series at

Scholar Teacher

Released in 2019, Scholar Teacher is a faculty development resource for residency programs with Scholar TeacherOsteopathic Recognition. It focuses on osteopathic modalities that can be utilized across the span of medicine. 

The single accreditation system has created a template for all graduate medical education programs. Osteopathic Recognition within this system requires the performance of osteopathic faculty development. Faculty development must be an easily accessible, clinically applicable and time conserving product. Scholar Teacher provides several professionally prepared 15-20 minute videos that highlight thoracic landmarks (muscular, skeletal), assessment of rib dysfunction and treatment. They may be viewed individually at a faculty meeting and the entire Scholar Teacher series may be utilized as a faculty development curriculum viewed as a group or singularly. Additionally, the faculty may receive CME for Scholar Teacher with a completed questionnaire. The most attractive component of this series is that it is free so that all our programs may receive Osteopathic Recognition.

The videos are divided into six sections:

  1. Introduction (basic teaching principles, mini modules, panel)
  2. Faculty Development Introduction (mini module lab)
  3. Faculty Development Landmarks (mini module labs 1-2, skill prompts 1-2)
  4. Thoracic Cage Assessment (mini module labs 3-4, skill prompts 3-4)
  5. Thoracic Cage Treatment (mini module lab 5-8, skill prompt 5-8)
  6. Becoming the Teacher (vignette 1-4)

Scholar Teacher authors are Robert W. Hostoffer, Jr., DO; Michael P. Rowane, DO; and Paul Evans, DO.

Get access to the SCHOLAR TEACHER videos without CME.

As of October 14, 2019, Scholar Teacher is approved by the American Osteopathic Association for 3.25 AOA Category 1-A CME credits. To receive the free credit you must sign-in and view the video series (and complete the test) at

Scholar Teacher, Part 2

Released in 2020, Scholar Teacher, Part 2 is a continuation of Scholar Teacher released last year. The series is a faculty development resource for residency programs with Osteopathic Recognition.

This set of videos includes:

Introduction to Scholar Teacher

Case Introduction
Case 1: Introduction to Clinical Case
Case 2: Discussion and treatment of Clinical Case

Anatomical Landmarks of Cervico-thoracic and 1st rib
Assessment of Cervico-thoracic and 1st rib
     Assessment of thoracic Outlet Syndrome
     Assessing of Cervico-thoracic junction
Treatment of Cervico-thoracic and 1st rib
     Treatment of Cervico-thoracic junction
     Treatment with Myofacial release techniques

On Becoming the Teacher
Vignette 1: Anatomy of thoracic inlet
Vignette 2: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Vignette 3: 1st rib and cervico-thoracic junction
Vignette 4: Cervico-Thoracic lumbar release
Vignette 5: Myofacial release

Skill Prompts
Anatomy of 1st rib and Cervico-thoracic junction
Assessing cervico-thoracic junction
Treating the cervico-thoracic junction
Treating with myofascial release
Treatment of the Thoracic Outlet syndrome

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About the Presenters


Robert W. Hostoffer, Jr., DO, FAAP, FACOP

Hostoffer, who practices in Cleveland, is a nationally recognized expert in allergic and immunologic disorders affecting both children and adults. He is a clinical assistant professor in pediatrics at Case Western Reserve and program director of the Pediatric and Adult Allergy/Immunology (A/I) Fellowship at University Hospitals Richmond Medical Center, the first AOA-accredited A/I program in the US. The program ranks in the top 20 percent of all A/I programs in the nation.

A leader in the medical profession, Hostoffer is a past president of the Ohio Osteopathic Association, American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians, Cleveland Academy of Osteopathic Medicine, and Cleveland Allergy Society. He is the recipient of many awards, including honorary fellow status in the American College of Osteopathic Internists and 2015 Pediatrician of the Year by the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians.

Michael P. Rowane, DO, FAAFP, FAAO

Rowane has a passion for osteopathic medical education and to impact future physicians to integrate the ideals of the osteopathic approach in the care of their patients.

He is professor of family medicine and osteopathic manipulative medicine at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) in Erie, Pennsylvania. He is also associate dean of clinical education for all LECOM campuses.

Previously, he served as the director of medical education at University Hospitals Regional Hospitals, and family medicine program director for UH/Case Western Reserve University.  

Rowane co-directs a national osteopathic faculty development initiative, Training the Osteopathic Professions Core Educators (TOPCE), with the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine; was appointed to the ACGME Osteopathic Principles Committee; and represents all osteopathic training programs for the Electronic Residency Application Service with the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Brian P. Peppers, DO, PhD

Peppers is a board certified pediatrician and chief fellow of the Pediatric and Adult Allergy and Immunology Fellowship created and led by Dr. Hostoffer. He has an extensive research background from his PhD in organic chemistry, post doctoral 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, Peppers helps medical programs design research projects and increase their overall proficiencies in research. His current work in the Scholar 7 and Scholar 4 program is to help identify and remove barriers that hinder and deter participants from pursuing their scholarly goals.

Peppers is a 2011 graduate of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine - Bradenton. 

Devi K. Jhaveri, DO

Jhaveri completed her medical school training at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens. She served a pediatric residency at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland and an allergy/immunology fellowship at University Hospital, Regional Medical Center in Richmond Heights, Ohio. 

Currently, Jhaveri is an associate partner at Allergy/Immunology Associates Inc. in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. She is a clinical instructor at Case Western Reserve University and assistant program director of the allergy/immunology fellowship at University Hospital.