Student Research

Our goal is to facilitate student engagement in research and other scholarly activity in both the preclinical and clinical years.  Visit this page regularly for the latest news and opportunities.  

Congratulate our newest student authors on their publications!  You may link to the articles below.

WVSOM Feature Issue of the JAOA (March 2019)

Hallucinogen-persisting perception disorder in a 21-year-old man

A case-study of acute stimulant-induced psychosis

Suicidality in a 27-year-old male with obsessive compulsive disorder

Readmission rates of patients with schizophrenia treated with depot antipsychotics versus oral antipsychotics in a community hospital


Did you know that (limited) funding is available for travel to present at a conference and to have posters printed?  To be eligible to request funding, you must: 

  • Be approved by WVSOM as personnel on a research project IN ADVANCE of participating as personnel, or
  • Be approved by WVSOM to undertake the scholarly activity IN ADVANCE of undertaking the activity (e.g. get approval to write up the case report before you write it up).
  • For more information on how to procure approval IN ADVANCE, see this FAQ on research and scholarly activity processes
  • Final approval for either research or scholarly activity is provided in an email from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.  Hang on to it for your records.


WVCTSI (WV Clinical and Translational Science Institute)

The WVCTSI provides resources for students to develop their research and scholarly activity skills.  At this link, there are a variety of pre-recorded webinars regarding research and scholarly activity.

  • Case study and abstract writing resources here
  • Become a member of the WVCTSI and access additional resources


The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) supports student research.  For more information, go to their website:  There are also some video resources regarding research and how to get started.


The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) provides a host of scholarly activity resources and webinars regarding research and writing.  Check out the Scholarly Activity Series available on the AACOM website.

Available on demand webinars topics include:

  • Scholar Overview: Demystifying Medical Research Projects (2 parts)  (delivered by 2, yes, 2!!, DO-PhDs)
  • Ask a Biostatistician: Developing Your Data Analysis
  • Conference Abstract Writing: Tips & Tricks  (and see the announcement below regarding an abstract opportunity!)
  • Ask a Biostatistician: Developing your Research Question and Conducting Literature Search
  • Quality Improvement: Why and How in GME  (and did you know that we have an online subscription to learning more about QI?  contact Dr. Hanna for more info)
  • Researching and Writing Effective Background Section of Research Paper

Opportunities & Conferences

National Student Research Forum, April 18-19, 2019.
Held annual at the University of Texas Medical Branch Campus in Galveston, TX.
See the website here.
Also, see the info regarding the Osler Essay Contest, due April 1, 2019 to


WVCTSI Annual Meeting, April 2 & 3, 2019
West Virginia Clinical and Translational Science Institute Registration and Abstract submission at the link below
You have to be a member, but here is the link for Free membership

The WVSOM Office of Alumni Relations often has local conferences that students are able to attend for free.  See their webpage for more information and contacts:

WV Academy of Science, March 30, 2019

WVAS 94th Annual meeting at West Liberty University

WV Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, May 9-11, 2019

Ohio Osteopathic Symposium April 24, 2019-April 28, 2019

  • This symposium is open to everybody, not just those at Ohio COM.

Procedures and Forms

Students who would like to participate in research or other scholarly activity are encouraged to contact us for help getting started.  Additional information can also be found at the links below.

Conducting Research or Other Scholarly Activity While on Rotation

Information on WVSOM Research Policies and Procedures

External Fellowship and Research Opportunities

Contact us for more information about these external opportunities or assistance with applications.

Contact Information

Dr. Jandy Hanna
Associate Dean of Research and Sponsored Programs
Room A311

Diana Bird
Admin. Secretary Senior
Research and Sponsored Programs
Room A310