Research Resources

With the support of our Research Committee and affiliate institutions, Western Reserve Hospital offers resources to help you succeed at any stage of the research process. 


CITI Training

LECOMWestern Reserve Hospital and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine are affiliated institutions. Through this affiliation, WRH and LECOM share resources, including CITI training, IRB access, research funding, and more.

  • All Western Reserve Hospital staff members, residents, and students are required to complete the Human Subjects Research (HSR) course through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative CITI(CITI) website prior to conducting research. Those conducting clinical research trials involving drugs and/or devices must also completed the Good Clinical Practice (GCP) course. CITI training certificates are valid for three years. 
  • Western Reserve Hospital staff members who are new to the CITI program may use their employee email address to register as an affiliate of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Valid certificates must be submitted with all repository entries.
  • Residents and students are REQUIRED to affiliate with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (regardless of any prior affiliations). Residents are REQUIRED to complete the following three courses: Human Subjects Research (HSR), Good Clinical Practice (GCP), and Research Study Design (RSD). These courses must be completed and uploaded to HealthStream by September 30th, 2021.
  • Resident Registration and Affiliation Guide


WRH Research Repository

The WRH Research Repository is a central location to track research done by any staff member, resident, or medical student at Western Reserve Hospital. This includes research done by Western Reserve Hospital residents at partnering or affiliate institutions.

Follow the link to the repository after reading these instructions:

  • Each project should be submitted one time by the principal investigator.
  • When you complete the form, please expect to see follow up emails regarding your submission. Some emails are sent automatically from a Smartsheet email address. 
  • WRH Repository Form

For questions regarding the WRH Repository, please email or call Lauren Cowan 330-971-7830 or All research entered in the repository must also be entered into Protocol Builder. 


Literature Review and Publication

Western Reserve Hospital has a virtual library and librarian to assist with all literature reviews and publication needs. Please visit the virtual library at the link below for more information.

Virtual Library


Protocol Builder

Writing a protocol can be simple and straightforward with this helpful and secure online platform. Protocol Builder provides structured templates and wording assistance for a number of study designs. A well-written protocol makes for faster IRB approval and an easy transition to a manuscript. All research protocols seeking IRB approval at Western Reserve Hospital must first be entered into protocol builder. 

  • Residents at Western Reserve Hospital have already been set up with a Protocol Builder account. You can access your account at the link below.
  • Protocol Builder sign-in
  • Western Reserve Hospital staff members and rotating medical students who would like access to Protocol Builder can email Lauren Cowan at to create an account. Please include your name, department, medical school (if applicable), and email address. Medical students must also include the project title and primary investigator. Your request will be processed in 1-3 business days. 
  • For information about protocol builder features, please review the Protocol Builder User Guide. Protocol Builder also provides introductory user training on the website homepage under Features and Tips. 


Study Design and Biostatistics

Western Reserve Hospital is contracted with an experienced biostatistician who is available to help with the study design and data analysis aspects of your research project. Access to the biostatistician is requested through the WRH Research Repository.

  • The following Introduction to Biostatistics and Epidemiological Data Analysis course is required for all first year residents.
  • Residents who have completed the course must sign the attestation in HealthStream in order to receive credit. 

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Funding and Submissions

Research Funding is available through the Research Committee or Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Research Grant Program.

LECOM Research Grants are available to all residents. Grants of up to $5,000 may be awarded to cover direct costs for your research project. There are two phases: LECOM Grant Application

  • Phase 1: Submission of Application: February 1, 2021 to April 30, 2021; Approval: July 1, 2021
  • Phase 2: Submission of Application: July 1, 2021 to September 30, 2021; Approval: October 15, 2021

WRH partners with LECOM for IRB services. If you are submitting to the repository to seek IRB approval, please be aware of the general approval timeline:

  • Protocol submission to the repository may take 1-5 business days for processing and assignment to a WRH Research Committee member. This Lead Reviewer will be your point of contact throughout the submission process. 
  • Each protocol will be reviewed by a team of two or three members of the WRH Research Committee. These members will be selected and contacted by the Lead Reviewer. Each member will provide comments within 3-5 business days. 
  • The Principal Investigator will review the comments, make the necessary revisions, and return a final copy of the protocol to the Lead Reviewer for Pre-submission Approval. 
  • Once the Principal Investigator has received Pre-submission Approval, they must complete the Protocol Cover Sheet and return it to the Lead Reviewer. 
  •  The Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine Training (LECOMT) Institutional Review Board meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Please keep the following in mind: 
    • LECOMT IRB must receive final protocols before the third Wednesday of each month to be distributed within their committee. Late submissions are not guaranteed to be distributed for a same-month meeting. 
    • Resulting rulings from the IRB will be provided after their monthly meeting.
  • If your protocol is eligible for exemption or a HIPAA waiver, please visit the LECOM website for additional forms. 

For questions regarding the IRB timelines, please contact Lauren Cowan 330-971-7830 or


Research Learning

The resources below have been added to help you gets started with various types or research. 

Writing for Impact: How to Prepare a Journal Article (Andrew M. Ibrahim, MD, MSc; Justin B. Dimick, MD, MPH)

Basic Research Concepts (Office of Research Integrity)

Is it Research or QI? (Chart - WRH)

Helpful Outlines for Scholarly Work (WRH - abstract, manuscript, revisions. references, figures, etc.)

Outlines for Prospective Research Project/Retrospective Chart Review (WRH)

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Medical Student Research Participation

Medical students from affiliate medical schools and those scheduled for rotations at Western Reserve Hospital may join in on research projects: 

Fill out the Medical Student Research Form to tell us your areas of interest or to report research/scholarly activity you are already involved in alongside Western Reserve Hospital residents or faculty.  We will review your entry and help match you accordingly.