Research Day

Research Day 2021

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 consultation, please visit us on the fourth floor of the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 7 am – 5 pm. If you have questions outside of our office hours, please send an e-mail to or contact IRB Director Maureen Owens at 616.808.9159. The electronic IRB application is available at

Research Day Submission Categories

  • Basic Sciences: 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.
  • Community and Public Health: Activities related to identifying and addressing community health needs.
  • Medical Education: 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.

Note: Oral presentations will be awarded to the top abstracts.

CE Accreditation

In support of improving patient care, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit amount subject to change.

Interprofessional Continuing Education
This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 3.5 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.

Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Pharmacists & Pharmacy Technicians
Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine designates this activity for 3.5 contact hours for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians.  Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • 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 250 words, and are recommended to be written in a structured format with subheadings, for more detailed information see the Abstract Submission Requirements below.

    • Research Abstract:
      • Background or Introduction
      • Objective or Purpose
      • Methods
      • Results
      • Discussion/Conclusion
    • Case Report Abstract:
      • Introduction
      • Case History or Case Description
      • Discussion/Conclusion
    • IRB approval is REQUIRED for any research involving more than three human subjects.
    • Images will NOT be accepted in any abstract (i.e., graphs, photos, tables).
    • References should NOT be included in the abstract.
    • For WMed-affiliated abstracts, students and residents MUST work with a faculty mentor.
    • Abstract Submission Deadline: Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 11:30 p.m. (EST). Abstracts will be reviewed beginning March 1, 2021, and authors will be notified by March 15, 2021.
  • Research Day 2021 Will Be A Fully Digital Meeting
    • Posters will be presented online only as an ePoster.
    • Oral presentations will be presented online only as an ePresentation.
    • The first author will receive an email in late March with instructions for preparing and uploading your ePoster or ePresentation for this fully digital meeting.

Additional Resources

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