Student Resources

Office of Research and Grants


Questions Regarding Osteopathic Medical Student Research?



Medical Student Research Activity Registration

Per Heritage College  Policy 7.11, all medical students must register their research projects/activity with the Heritage College Office of Research and Grants prior to beginning the project.

Register Your Research Project/Activity

Medical Student Research Guide

The research guide will help medical students by providing a consolidated resource for research tips, resources, and information for both the Heritage College and Ohio University.

Research Guide

Research Activity Process

Like most things, conducting research involves many processes.  The Office of Research and Grants can help students navigate through each step of the Research Activity Process, but it is very important that students understand the importance of each step involved.  This guide will provide basic information and helpful hints as students navigate through the Research Activity Process.

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Training for Human Subject Protection

Each research team member, including students, must complete human subject protection training. A faculty or staff member who has HIPAA training or prior research experience is still required to complete the human subject protection training.

Students are required to complete 5 CITI Trainings :  Human Subjects Research (HSR)  or  Animal Care and Use (ACU) training (required for IRB or IACUC submission); Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training; Conflict of Interest (COI) Training, Good Clinical Practice (GCP) course; and Faculty, Administrators and Students Information Privacy & Security (IPS.

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Ohio University has both  Provider HIPAA Privacy Standards & Procedures  and  Health Plan HIPAA Privacy Standards & Procedures .  These standards apply to Protected Health Information (“PHI”) generated by or on behalf of an Ohio University designed health care component as subject to HIPAA.  These HIPAA Privacy standards describe how Ohio University’s designated health care components will maintain the confidentiality, integrity, and appropriate use and disclosure of confidential PHI. 

Alicia Porter currently serves in the role of HIPAA Privacy Officer and can be contacted via email at , or via telephone at 740-593-2254.

For more information, visit the HIPAA at Ohio University webpage.

Research Compliance

Students are  required  to obtain approvals from both the research site (if conducting research outside of an Ohio University campus) and Ohio University.  Information and resources can be found at the Ohio University Office of Research Compliance website or by emailing

Ohio University IRB Deferral Process

Agreements with Collaborating Institutions

Funding Opportunities

Medical Student Travel Awards

Medical Student Travel Awards will support conference travel, up to $500 for domestic travel and up to $750 for international travel, to  present   research findings.  Students must be  first author   on the research poster/presentation.  The awards are limited to one per fiscal year (July 1-June 30), per student.  Awards are granted based on availability of funds and at the discretion of the Office of Research and Grants.  The Call for Proposals is currently closed.

Guidelines and Application (PDF)

Medical Student Research Seed Funding Grants

Medical Student Research Seed Funding Grants (Seed Funding Grants) are intended to provide support for medical students to gain experience in research methodologies and conduct.  The maximum award is $3,000 and all funding will be awarded on a competitive basis.  The Call for Proposals is currently open with a deadline of Thursday, October 31, 2019.

Guidelines and Application Amendment Request

Ohio University Vice President for Research & Creative Activity Funding Opportunities

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Creative Activity oversees several Internal Award program to support the research, scholarship and creative activity of faculty, staff and students. 

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Research Resources

Biostatistical Assistance 

Biostatistical assistance is available to Heritage College faculty, staff, students, and residents in the areas of statistical and data analyses, research design methods and hypotheses testing. Assistance is provided for statistics sections of grant proposals and manuscripts.

Submit a Request for Statistical Assistance

Research Seminars

Information regarding research seminars occuring throughout the Heritage College and Ohio University is available on the Research Seminars page.  Additionally, Heritage College faculty, staff and students are encouraged to nominate speakers for the Office of Research and Grants Seminar Series.

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Research Poster Resources

Research Poster Guide for Medical Students Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine Research Poster Templates Request for Services:  Poster Printing

Ohio University Library Services

Ohio University library services are available to all Heritage College students.

Heritage College Learning Resource Center

Ohio University Libraries

Guide:  How to Access E-Resources

Summer Research Opportunities

Many research and scholarly opportunities exist for medical students between years 1 and 2.  A list of opportunities can be accessed using the button below. Students may also find summer research opportunities by conducting their own search.

Summer Research Opportunities List

Research and Scholarly Advancement Fellowship (RSAF)

RSAF is a summer fellowship program that provides an introduction to scholarly work for osteopathic medical students working together with a member of the Heritage College faculty or affiliate.

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Research for Academic Credit

Required Research/Research Electives

The following research course syllabi are available for review on the student rotation syllabi page. Contact the Office of Research and Grants with questions or for more information.

OCOM 8941 Scholarly Work

OCOM 8942 Critical Literture Review
OCOM 8943 Case-Based Study
OCOM 8944 Retrospective, Prospective, Meta-Analysis

Rotation Syllabi

Eli Lilly Medical Student Rotation 

Heritage College medical students have an exciting opportunity to participate in the  Medical Student Elective Rotation Program  at Eli Lilly and Co. in Indianapolis, IN. The Heritage College is one of only four medical schools with an exclusive agreement to provide this opportunity to its students!  The Rotation Brochure and the Processes and Expectations documents provide more information about the rotation structure and application procedures.  Students participating in the Eli Lilly Medical Student Rotation will register for OCOM 8944 for the duration of the rotation. 

  Eli Lilly Rotation Brochure

Processes and Expectations

Non-Credit Research 

Students who wish to pursue research or scholarly activities but who do not seek dedicated time or academic credit should contact the Office of Reseach and Grants for guidance.

Dual Degree Programs

In addition to the traditional medical degree, students pursuing their medical education at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine have several additional educational opportunities. The Heritage College offers programs for students with interests in combining their medical education with a degree in research, business or public health.

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Collaborative Research Opportunities

Rural and Underserved Programs Medical Education Research

The Office of Rural and Underserved Programs has a funding mechanism for proposals for Medical Education Research.  Visit the link below for additional details and proposal deadlines.

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Global Health Initiative

The Heritage College offers a number of international programs to promote multicultural awareness and to involve students, faculty and staff in research, education and outreach activities abroad.

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Clinical & Translational Research Unit

Learn about clinical research being conducted at the Heritage College.

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