The Capstone Project is a required program for our OUWB medical students that provides faculty-mentored scholarly projects spanning the four years of undergraduate medical education.

Capstone Project Goals

The overarching goal of this independent research program is to provide an opportunity for students to understand and appreciate the potential to promote health and well being via scholarly activity in a wide range of community and health-related settings.

An important goal of the Capstone Program is to provide an opportunity for students to understand and appreciate the potential to promote health via scholarly activity in a wide range of health-related settings.

Students may pursue projects in the areas of:

  • community based participatory research
  • clinical/laboratory research
  • systematic review
  • medical education research,
  • quality and safety evaluations and medical IT

Class of 2016 Capstone Research Colloquium Program 

About the
Capstone Project

The First Year

The first year entails course work that encompasses sessions on research study and design. Included in these topics are development of a research question, constructing a research proposal, and the important aspects of research regulatory bodies (internal review board (IRB)).

Also during this first year, students choose mentors with similar research interests. Mentors include OUWB faculty mentors from the Biomedical Sciences Department, various clinical departments in Beaumont Health and faculty from Oakland University Departments. The mentor and the student will work collaboratively to design a feasible, outcomes-based research project. The mentor guides and remains involved in the student’s project throughout the four years. 

The Second Year

During the M2 year, the students continue with their projects along with instruction in “best practices” in writing an abstract, and providing an oral or poster presentation. Many students strive to complete their data collection by the end of their M2 year. The year culminates with awards given for the most outstanding short oral presentations of current research status.

The Third and Fourth Years

Protected time is embedded in the M3 and M4 years for writing of abstracts with submission to local, national and international conferences. Manuscript submission is encouraged but not required. Additionally, Directed Independent Research rotations are possible to continue working on Capstone or other research projects. Completion of the Capstone research project is a graduation requirement for each student with presentation of his or her work at a research colloquium. 

The School of Medicine awards partial fourth year scholarships for outstanding Capstone achievement through a mini-manuscript competition. The Capstone Program also encourages students to publish their findings, along with providing travel funds when appropriate for students to present their completed work at regional and national meetings under the guidance of their mentors. We believe in rewarding our medical students for doing the right thing and doing it well.

Capstone Timeline



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Meaningful Participation Eligibility

Clinical faculty may be eligible for meaningful participation points by providing the service of mentoring.

The Meaningful Participation Program is designed to recognize the extraordinary efforts of the Beaumont medical staff in dedicating the time and expertise necessary to assure that every graduate of the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine has received the training necessary to become an effective, compassionate contributor to the well being of the community.

Capstone Project Goals

The goal of the Capstone Program is to support the OUWB student in a scholarly-based research experience during their M1 to M4 years, while fostering an appreciation for lifelong learning.

The OUWB Capstone Program consists of several components that support the required faculty-mentored medical student research project.

The Program incorporates structured coursework during the first two years of medical school by providing an introduction to research design and supporting the student’s development of a scholarly Capstone Project.

Additional curricular sessions and self-directed learning modules include:

  • instruction in developing skills to initiate scholarly work
  • developing surveys
  • identifying appropriate information resources
  • developing and evaluating protocols
  • collecting outcomes data
  • analyzing results
  • dissemination of project findings


Information for

We offer a wide variety of ways for our benefactors to show support and give to Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. Donations for the purpose of supporting our research endeavors are greatly appreciated.

We have outlined a number of different options described here, designed to help you tailor your support to meet your philanthropic goals.