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OUWB Class of 2022 Research Projects Featured in Embark Capstone Colloquium

Linzi Hobbs believes research is the foundation of medicine, and the future doctor says that’s why she’s so grateful for the capstone project she was asked to do as an OUWB medical student.

Hobbs was awarded the Kenneth J. Matzick Embark Program Manuscript of the Year for his project made through OUWB’s Embark program.

His poster is one of many now available in a special section of the OUWB website – the Class of 2022 Embark Capstone Colloquium.

Embark is a four-year longitudinal program that consists of structured coursework in research design and implementation, compliance training, research communication, and scientific presentation, with protected time to develop projects framed in a wide range of community and health-related settings.


“Presenting student work in this digital format allows for sharing with family members near and far, as well as OUWB, OU and Beaumont mentors,” said Kara Sawarynski, Ph. .D., co-director of Embark, associate professor, and vice chair, Department of Basic Medical Studies.

“We hope that shared interests, collaborative ideas and potential future Embark projects will grow by accessing Embark web pages,” she added. “We hope audience members, including our first- through third-year medical students, find the work of the Class of 2022 as inspiring as we do.”

To date, the work done by the Class of 2022 includes 24 published manuscripts, 14 oral presentations and 39 poster presentations.

The Class of 2022’s Embark projects represent an “impressive body of research efforts that address a wide range of health issues in clinical practice, education, and the community,” according to Sawarynski.

“The graduates have pursued projects aligned with their passions, which shows in their resilience and perseverance during these interesting times in education,” she said. “They recognized the project’s challenges in the face of COVID restrictions and were able to circumvent those challenges successfully.”

Hobbs, who recently trained in internal medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, led a project titled “Pregnancy increases platelet reactivity and induces thrombogenic platelet transcriptome in mice.”

Hobbs earned an undergraduate degree from Oakland University’s Honors College and said research wasn’t exactly new to her when she started at OUWB. However, her Embark project was the first time she had taken on a major research project and had full control of it every step of the way.

She said the experience will help make her a better doctor.

“It takes a lot of critical thinking and analysis of the literature to synthesize the idea for the project,” Hobbs said. “Then you use different tools to run the plan and analyze the data. This (approach) is really important for patient care…it is very important to have all these skills.

Convinced that research is the foundation of medicine, Hobbs said, “You certainly can’t advance medicine without doing a lot of basic research first.”

Not only that, but the project opened doors for Hobbs. She presented the work at an American Society of Hematology conference – where she received the prestigious ASH HONORS fellowship – and noted that “it was also a high point of conversation during all of my residency interviews.” .

The Class 220 Embark Capstone Colloquium can be found here.

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