Organization Description

Mission: The purpose of the Research Associates Program (RAP) is to provide students with hands-on experience with research and how an emergency room functions.

Goals: This program aims to provide a unique opportunity to participate in clinical research, aid with administrative tasks, and learn from the physicians, nurses, and staff of the emergency department. The Research Associates Program (RAP) will also increase students’ knowledge of medical terminology as well as human anatomy and physiology and provide valuable experiences to include in one’s resume. 

Placement Description

  • Research Associate (RA): Participate in clinical research in a hospital setting. Tasks may include screening patient charts for possible subjects, maintaining accurate and complete research logs, aiding with administrative tasks (photocopying, making research folders, etc.), performing literature reviews, creating data tables, transcribing interviews, and helping with chart reviews. You will also gain access to hospital lectures and department research meetings, and shadowing opportunities are available on a case-by-case basis after a research associate has demonstrated a good work ethic and understanding of research procedures. Click here for an overview of the program and here for the program recruitment flyer.
  • Skills:
    • Interest in medicine or other health professions
    • Reliable transportation
    • Self-motivated and a team player 
    • Good social and communication skills 
    • Detail-oriented and meticulous
  • Training: There is a lengthy hospital onboarding process that must be completed before any RA is allowed to begin work with the department. If accepted to the program, the RA must provide the Academic Affairs office with a host of documents that include information to complete a criminal background check, medical and immunization records, and proof of a recent TB test. Once the RA is cleared by Academic Affairs, they must complete CITI training–an online research training program. This training must be finished before the RA can be added to any of the current studies. The whole process can take between two and three months.

Time Commitment

RAs are expected to commit eight hours per week to the position for at least two academic semesters (including fall, spring, and summer). RAs are encouraged to split their time into two 4-hour shifts, but it is possible to complete all 8 hours in one day. During the training period (usually the first 3-4 months of the first semester), associates are asked to schedule their shifts Monday-Friday between the hours of 8am and 8pm. Once RAs are fully trained, they may schedule their shifts outside of these hours, including nights and weekends. 

How to Get Involved

To become an RA, apply at  

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