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OUWB Research

Our mission:
OUWB is committed to advancing knowledge that will improve health, healthcare, and training for the next generation of physicians and scientists.  All OUWB research is designed and conducted to ensure compliance with  laws, regulations, policies and procedures, and to maintain the highest standards for responsible conduct, human participant protection, and humane treatment. The Office of Research is dedicated to supporting all student research endeavors by providing:
  • Research-related services including:
    • Consultation pertaining to study design
    • Assistance with the IRB application process
    • Data collection tool creation (quantitative and qualitative)
    • Data analysis/assistance with manuscript preparation
  • Oversight to ensure HIPAA and regulatory compliance
  • Assistance in identifying opportunities and mentors for clinical, basic science, bench, behavioral science, population health and educational research



Research Attestation Form

All students are required to complete the OUWB Research Attestation Form on an annual basis.  

OUWB Research Attestation Form

OUWB Student Research Reporting Form

All students are required to report any extra-curricular (non-Embark) research participation once a semester. 

OUWB Student Research Project Reporting Form

Authorship guidelines

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Research consultation request

Consultations are available for students who need assistance with the following:  study design, IRB applications, creating data collection tools (quantitative and qualitative), data analysis, etc.  Please use the following link to set up an appointment:

Statistical consulting request

Poster review/printing request

Poster printing services are available for student research conducted while registered as an OUWB student.  Posters must be submitted to a minimum of seven days in advance.  

All poster requests must include: date needed, dimensions, orientation (portrait or landscape) and the name of the conference or event where the poster will be presented.

 Please submit your poster in Powerpoint format. Posters that contain a large amount of high quality graphics may be too large for the system. If that is the case, submit a medhelp ticket without the attachment and contact the Office of Research for further instruction.

OUWB student funding

Project funding request (non-Embark)
Please submit a completed purchase order and all relevant documentation (link here) to the Office of Research at

Travel funding request
Until further notice, the school will not fund travel due to the pandemic. However, you may submit requests to help offset the costs of virtual conferences by filling out the authorization form that can be found here. All requests should be sent to the Office of Research at 

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Student Events and Activities

OUWB Student Research Portal

Students interested in learning more about upcoming research opportunities, internships, etc., please sign-up to join the OUWB Research Portal at:

OUWB Beaumont Summer Internship Program

Beaumont Health and Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine have a very active summer internship program for medical students following the completion of their first year of medical school. The internship opportunities are meant to foster both personal and professional development. We hope you will find an internship offering that is of interest to you.

Students will be able to apply for internships focusing on clinical/ patient care, clinical research, basic research, medical education, and community-based research.  Internships are four weeks in duration and a stipend will be paid to each student completing the program. Calls for the program are sent out via email each January. 

Selection criteria will include:

Quality of student’s expression of internship goals and objectives

Quality of student’s CV/resume, especially educational/academic background and professional activities 

Additional requirements:

In addition, students MUST be in good academic standing both at the time of application and again at the end of the semester before internships begin (verification of this requirement will be obtained from the Director of Records & Registration).

Students must successfully pass all courses (a grade of incomplete is not acceptable) to be eligible for the summer internship.

2021 OUWB Beaumont Summer Internship Application Information

RJLSS Surgical Symposium

The Robert J. Lucas Surgical Society holds a regional research symposium each year that showcases various surgically-related research projects.  The symposium consists of both pre-recorded poster presentations and live oral presentations, with live Q&A sessions at the conclusion of each presentation. 

Research Bites

The Research Bites Conference Series at OUWB is a recurring event held as an opportunity for our students to present their research and share opportunities and ideas with their fellow classmates. At each event there are three student presenters that will showcase their work in a condensed presentation followed by a quick question and answer session with the audience. It is the perfect opportunity for students to share their work, practice their presentation skills and for others students to connect over their shared interest in research.

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Statistical Consultation
  • Please submit an appointment request using this form: OUWB Statistical Consultation Request Form.
  • Please use these guidelines to prepare your data for analysis. Review these guidelines and apply the advice when cleaning up your data before meeting with a statistician. This will assist you in having a more productive meeting the first time, and hopefully, it will prevent back-and-forth delays due to data not being ready for analysis.
  • Please be aware that statistical consultation is needed by students across all years (M1-M4) who are at various points in their research projects. There may be a backlog of consultation requests depending on the time of year. Every effort is made to accommodate all requests. Please submit all consulting requests at least eight weeks prior to your deadline. 
Statistical Analysis Software
Students are eligible to download the Oakland University site license of SPSS. 
  • Go to MySail on Oakland's website and log in.
  • In the right column is a link to the OU Appstore. 
  • Install the Apporto agent that allows download of the software. 
  • Access to two versions of SPSS is available.
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Institutional Review Boards (Beaumont & Oakland University)

Beaumont IRB

Please submit to the Beaumont IRB for all Beaumont-based human subjects research projects. If you think your project does not involve human subjects but is still occurring at Beaumont or with Beaumont resources, you may still need to submit an IRB application for official Beaumont IRB excusal. Please contact the Medical Education Directors for assistance with this process.

For IRB applications to Beaumont, please use the following information and steps.

To access the Beaumont IRB online submission system (iMedRIS) Beaumont IRB

  • Students – for iMedRIS registration, please see details on your Moodle page.
  • Before you will be able to register for iMedRIS, your CITI training (affiliate with William Beaumont Hospital) needs to be completed.
  • You will need your Beaumont ID to log on to iMedRIS. This is the same login you use for HealthStream.
  • For help with Beaumont ID, please contact Dawn Burgess at
  • Beaumont IRB (HIC) iMedRIS Password Help – If you are already registered, and need help with your password, please click on the link and go to password self-service. If this doesn't work, please call the Beaumont IT help desk at (888) 481-2448. You will need to update your password once a year.
  • Please view the following instruction documents prior to completing your IRB application. Students and mentors should work together to complete the IRB documents. For IRB/regulatory purposes, the mentor should be listed as the principal investigator (PI) on all IRB applications. This does not detract from the student’s leading role in the project as a co-investigator. Note, only Beaumont employees can serve as PI; fellows, residents, and OUWB faculty members cannot serve in this capacity. 

  • OUWB Sample IRB Application for Beaumont 
  • OUWB Checklist for new IRB application at Beaumont
    • Please click on the "Help" button in the upper-right corner of the iMedRIS home page for more help documents.
    • Complete the Beaumont Computer-based Training (required to submit to Beaumont IRB) Please refer to Moodle page for more information.

  • To log in directly to HealthStream, access the URL:
  • After logging on to your account, please search the catalog and add the following module:
    • Research Institute Compliance Plan - RES100
    • Once you complete the module, please use the completion report function and save a copy of your transcript. Be sure that the four modules listed below are visible in your transcript
      • Research Institute Compliance Plan - RES100
      • General Compliance - COMP101
      • EPIC Confidentiality and Computer Systems Usage Agreement - BHMND133
        • Annual Privacy Education - BHMND101 - For new projects, this document should be uploaded to "other study documents." For amendments, this document should be uploaded to Embark project table, typically section 5.2, along with your proposal and the assurance form from Tracy Wunderlich-Barillas.
  • All key personnel need to complete the online Beaumont Conflict of Interest (COI) form. The COI Smart process will be initiated once you register for iMedRIS. You will receive an email from Beaumont containing additional information. 

  • If your project will require funding through the Embark Program, please complete and submit a funding request in the Embark prior to submitting your IRB. Funds will not be distributed until IRB approval is granted.

  • Once the IRB documents (including CITI training, COI, Compliance Training, and all application documents) are completed, please follow the instructions on Moodle for conducting and IRB pre-review.

Oakland University IRB

Please submit to the Oakland University IRB for all Oakland University, and/or community-based human subjects research projects. If you think your project does not involve human subjects but is still occurring at Oakland University, or is supported with Oakland University resources, you may still need to submit your study information through the Oakland University IRB for official "Non-human Subjects Research Determination" 

For IRB applications to Oakland University, please use the following information and steps.

  • Anyone submitting applications to the IRB for human subjects research should now use the Cayuse application.

    More information can be found here

  • Please view the instruction documents referred to in the above links prior to beginning your Cayuse submission and to download all forms, templates, and tables that are applicable to your research project. Students and mentors should work together to complete the IRB documents. For IRB/regulatory purposes, the mentor should be listed as the principal investigator (PI) on all IRB applications. This does not detract from the student’s leading role in the project as a co-investigator.

  • Once all IRB documents (including variables or data collection tools, recruitment materials including fliers and email/verbal scripts, and informed consent documents) are completed, please upload to Opencaseware, select the appropriate medical education director, and make sure your mentor signs off.
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OUWB Student Research Portal

This portal is a resource page for student research endeavors as well as a repository for accepted student research and a clearinghouse for submissions.

Click here to access. 

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OUWB Research News

2021 Graduate Student Research Conference

The deadline has passed to submit abstracts for the 2021 Graduate Student Research Conference to be held on Friday, May 7, 2021. 

Thank you for submitting research and be sure to look for more information here about OUWB results from the conference!

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Meet the Team

richard-kennedyRichard Kennedy, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Research
Professor of Foundational Medical Studies

Richard Kennedy, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Dean for Research for the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB), also serves as Vice President and Director of the Beaumont Research Institute. Before joining OUWB, Dr. Kennedy served as Vice Provost of Research and Graduate Programs at Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division. Prior to working at Loyola, he held academic and leadership positions at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Dr. Kennedy received a B.S. in pharmacy from St. Louis College of Pharmacy and his Ph.D. from University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1981 before doing postdoctoral training at Michigan State University. His research in cardiovascular pharmacology and pathophysiology has resulted in more than 105 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has been funded by a variety of agencies including the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Recently, he has focused his research efforts on development of the Chicago Area Patient Centered Outcomes Research Network (CAPriCORN), a clinical data research network funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

Contact Information:

Office: 428 O’Dowd Hall
Phone: 248-370-3676


Research development and administration; faculty and student research mentorship; data network development


Ph.D. - Pharmacology, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha

B.S. - Pharmacy, St. Louis College of Pharmacy

Research Interests:

Cardiovascular pharmacology and pathophysiology; clinical research networks

Tracy Wunderlich-BarillasTracy Wunderlich-Barillas, Ph.D.

Director of Research Training

Tracy Wunderlich-Barillas, Ph.D., is the Director of Research Training for the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB).  Before joining OUWB, Dr. Wunderlich-Barillas worked as a clinical and behavioral researcher at both Wayne State University and Henry Ford Health System. 

Dr. Wunderlich-Barillas completed her academic career at Wayne State University, receiving her Ph. D in Medical Anthropology in 2020. Her research in doctor-patient communication, adherence and medical education has resulted in several peer-reviewed publications and she has been funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, and has contributed to numerous NIH-funded grants. Recently, her research efforts focus on the provision of end of life care training for undergraduate medical students.

Michelle Jankowski, MAS


Michelle Jankowski, biostatistician for the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB). Before joining OUWB, Michelle worked at Henry Ford Health System Public Health Sciences department as a biostatistician where she was lead statistician on many projects and served as the statistician on the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Prior to working at Henry Ford, she held statistician positions at the University of Michigan and at Indiana University- Purdue University.

Michelle received her bachelor's degree in mathematics from Central Michigan University and then when on to obtain her Masters of Applied Statistics from The Ohio State University.

Patrick Karabon, M.S.


Patrick Karabon received his Master of Science in Biostatistics from Michigan State University as part of the inaugural class for the Biostatistics program. He also has a Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics and Economics from Grand Valley State University. After receiving his Masters, Patrick worked for Vattikuti Urology Institute at Henry Ford Health System before joining OUWB in December, 2016. Primarily working with the Embark program, Patrick also consults with any OUWB students interested on furthering their medical education through research.

Patrick’s research interests include working with Electronic Medical Record data, large publicly available datasets, and Health Services Research. Patrick has a particular interest in the fields of surgical specialties and oncology. He has years of experience as a consulting Biostatistician and works with investigators in study design, survey design, analysis of data, and manuscript preparation. His published works have been indexed in PubMed and published in journals including Cancer, Annals of Medicine, Cardiovascular Interventions, and The Journal of Urology. In addition, Patrick has co-authored data-driven Letters to the Editor in JAMA Oncology and The New England Journal of Medicine

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