Research Day

Research Day 2021


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 and Behavioral Sciences). This year, Research Day will be a completely virtual 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 e-posters and e-presentations will begin at 8:00 am on April 21, 2021. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of the presenters via a chat function to enhance their knowledge and allow others in the audience to benefit. Access to e-posters and e-presentations will remain open for 30 days for viewing, without live chat.

In an effort to provide a better experience for attendees, we would like to provide pre-registration to the event. Doing this will provide us with better information on how we can best support and provide for those who attend our event. For more information, please contact Julie Torrence 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 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.

  • Keynote Speaker: Ann Van Heest, MD
    Dr. Ann Van Heest
    Ann Van Heest, MD

    Ann Van Heest, MD, is a pediatric orthopaedic hand surgeon at the University of Minnesota Department of Orthopaedics and Shriners Children's Twin Cities. She is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgery of the hand. She received an undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and earned a medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School. Dr. Van Heest completed an internship in general surgery at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, and a residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Minnesota Hospital. She also completed a Harvard Hand and Upper Extremity Fellowship at Brigham and Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

    Areas of special interest to Dr. Van Heest are hand and upper extremity, with special areas of interest in arthrogryposis, cerebral palsy, birth brachial plexus injuries, as well as congenital hand differences, such as syndactyly, polydactyly and hand deficiencies.

    Dr. Van Heest is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Society for Surgery of the Hand and American Orthopaedic Association. Along with her services to Shriners Children's Twin Cities, Dr. Van Heest serves as a professor in the department of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Minnesota, School of Medicine.


    • Medical Degree, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, Minn.
    • Internship, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minn., General Surgery
    • Residency, University of Minnesota Hospital, Minneapolis, Minn., Orthopaedic Surgery
    • Fellowship, Harvard hand and Upper Extremity, Brigham and Woman’s/Children’s Hospital, Boston, Mass.
  • 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.