Research Day


Research Day presentations and posters offer new information and will enhance the general and specific knowledge of the attendee in different disciplines (Basic Sciences, Clinical, Community and Public Health, Medical Education, and Social, Behavioral Sciences and Quality Improvement Research). This year, Research Day will be an in-person event. Attendees will have the opportunity to view abstracts before Research Day to be versed with the variety of topics to be presented. Access to posters will begin at 5:00 pm on April 13, 2022. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions to the presenters during this first poster session. The 2022 Research Day kick-off will be at 8:00 am on April 14, 2022 at W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus. This half day will start with a Plenary talk, followed by oral presentations and a second poster session.

  • Research Day Submission Categories
    • Basic and Translational Science: Activities related to fundamental, theoretical, or experimental sciences including development of technologies and techniques. 
    • Clinical: Activities related to safety and effectiveness of medications, devices, diagnostic products; and treatment regimens intended for human use, including analysis of established clinical practice and case presentations. 
    • Public Health: Activities related to identifying and addressing community health needs. 
    • Medical Education Scholarship: Activities related to the design, development, and implementation of educational programs or events, including the utilization of technology in the classroom setting. 
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences: Activities related to the investigation of human society, social relationships, and human behavior. 
    • Quality Improvement: Activities related to assessing processes and analyzing outcome data to improve the quality of patient care, timeliness of interventional services, and equity of health systems.
  • Poster Templates and Submission Requirements
    • Posters must be submitted to via PDF format by Monday, April 4th. Please state whether you are a resident or student in your submission email. Files should be named with your abstract ID Number, followed by the main author’s last name (e.g., “23.akkouch.pdf”).
    • All WMed students and residents must use the WMed Poster Templates provided. Posters must be 44 x 44.
    • WMed will cover the $95 fee for the posters. However, any posters submitted after April 4th will incur a $25 late charge that the submitter will be responsible for paying.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the Office of Research at

  • Abstract Submission Requirements

    Abstracts should describe the rationale for the research project including relevant background information, methods, results and a brief discussion/conclusion. Abstracts are limited to 350 words, and are recommended to be written in a structured format with subheadings. For more information, take a look at this case report abstract template or this research study abstract template, and check out the abstract submission requirements below.

    • Abstract:
      • Title
      • Presenting author name, other co-author’s names
      • Affiliation including department and/or program
      • Introduction including the objective of the proposed study
      • Methods
      • Results
      • Conclusions
      • References
    • IRB approval is REQUIRED for any research involving more than three human subjects.
    • The main body of the abstract must not exceed 350 words.
    • Figures are accepted and must not exceed 2 inches high or 192 pixels (i.e., graphs, photos, tables).
    • References can be included if it is necessary to cite references.
    • For WMed-affiliated abstracts, students and residents MUST work with a faculty mentor.
    • 1st authorship is permitted on MULTIPLE ABSTRACTS; however authors can be PRESENTING AUTHOR on ONE presentation.
    • Underline the presenting author.
    • Co-authorship on multiple abstracts is permitted.
    • NO REVISIONS to abstracts will be allowed after the submission deadline.
    • Abstract Submission Deadline: Monday, February 21, 2022, at 11:59pm (EST).
    • Abstracts review will begin February 23, 2022, and authors will be notified by March 17, 2022.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the Office of Research at

  • IRB Assistance with Abstract Submissions

    As you are preparing to submit your Research Day Abstract Submission and you’re trying to determine if/what IRB oversight is required, please contact the IRB at 269.337.4345. If you would like an in-person or virtual consultation please send an email to or contact the IRB Director, Maureen Owens at 616.808.9159. The electronic IRB application is available at

  • 2022 Keynote Speaker
    Dr. Thomas Schwenk
    Thomas L. Schwenk, MD

    Thomas L. Schwenk, MD, recently retired as Dean of the School of Medicine and Vice-President of Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno, having served in those positions since July 2011. Dr. Schwenk was previously on the faculty of the University of Michigan Health System, where he was a member of the faculty for 27 years, and served as Chair of the Department of Family Medicine from 1986-2011.

    Dr. Schwenk earned his BS degree in chemical engineering and MD from the University of Michigan. Following residency training in family medicine at the University of Utah, he practiced in rural Utah and served on the faculty of the University of Utah for several years, where he also completed a research fellowship. He is board-certified in Family Medicine and Sports Medicine.

    He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Family Medicine (2000-2005, vice -president 2004-2005), and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2002.  He also served for four years on the Administrative Board of the Council of Deans of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Dr. Schwenk’s research has focused on the care of patients with depression and mental illness in primary care, with a recent emphasis on mental health and wellness in medical students, residents and physicians. He has co-authored over 160 publications, and has consulted to over 50 medical schools and teaching hospitals in various capacities.

Additional Resources

All potential Research Day participants have access to additional resources for creating scientific posters and abstracts via the WMed Library.