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Emergency Department Research Assistant Program

Contact: Lauren Pacelli, EDRA Program Coordinator, Department of Emergency Medicine
Location: University Hospital
email: pacellil@upstate.edu
Phone: (315) 464-4363

Overview

The Emergency Department Research Assistant (EDRA) program is a research methodology volunteer experience in which participants learn about clinical research and medicine through extensive training, emergency department observation, and assistance with ongoing Department of Emergency Medicine research studies.  As an EDRA, you will work closely with emergency department physicians, residents, and nurses to determine patient eligibility and complete study protocols.  Highly motivated volunteers may have additional future research opportunities as well.    

Studies are conducted within the emergency department in order to promote socially responsible medicine and to study basic human issues in medical care.  These research studies are created and directed by departmental faculty, residents, and physicians.  Each study explores a different topic, but all share a common goal of gaining a better understanding of medical and social issues affecting emergency patients.  

In order to be considered for the EDRA program, candidates must submit an application (details below).  After all information is received, interviews will be granted to those deemed suitable for the role.  Please read all the information and policies before you apply as the EDRA program has become increasingly competitive and requires a substantial commitment.   

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Requirements

EDRA’s are required to commit to volunteering for a minimum of one full academic year.  Two, four-hour shifts per week will be required as well as monthly meetings as needed.  In general, shifts are scheduled between 8:00am and 12:00am, seven days a week. 

Please consider that all rules and attendance requirements PDF Icon PDF Icon for the program will be strictly enforced.  Failure to abide by the rules will result in a participant’s termination from the program.

Qualifications

  • Ability to take instructions and communicate effectively with staff, patients, and families
  • Good communication skills: oral, telephone, empathetic listening
  • Mature, positive, service-oriented attitude
  • Able to communicate clearly in English; bilingual skills are helpful
  • Show initiative, be flexible and work independently as well as with others
  • Demonstrate good judgment
  • Ability to demonstrate empathy and respect a variety of patients and medical conditions

Duties

  • Identify patients eligible for ongoing research projects and work with emergency department physicians and nurses to confirm patient eligibility.
  • Complete study procedures, which includes, but not limited to, consenting patients, completing case report forms, conducting patient testing as per research protocol, and research related study observations
  • Study administrative support to include review of completed data forms, assisting and training other students
  • Conduct follow-up phone calls
  • Data entry

Required Training

  • Completion of on-line human subjects research training, CITI
  • Completion of Department Specific Orientation
  • Attendance at on going Department training Updates

Application Process

To apply, please complete the Emergency Medicine Research Assistant application and submit electronically.  Applications must be submitted for the following summer/academic year.  Please refer to the table below, which has both deadline and pre-determined dates for each session (could be subject to change). 

The application will require you to provide contacts for two recommendations from non-family members who can discuss your suitability to volunteer in a hospital setting.  Once you have submitted an application, the system will automatically generate an e-mail to your contacts requesting their assistance with the reference.  If you would like to allow your contacts to have more time to complete the recommendation please advise them to visit this page, download the recommendation form PDF Icon PDF Icon, and email the finished form to wojciks@upstate.edu.  Once you are approved to participate, the Program Coordinator will contact you with instructions on the volunteer processing.  This will include your health clearance, ID badge, online research training, and orientation.

If you are unable to apply before the deadline for any reason, we encourage you to still contact Dr. Susan Wojcik (wojciks@upstate.edu) or Lauren Pacelli (pacellil@upstate.edu) for information on future possibilities. 

SUMMER APPLICATION (May - August)

ACADEMIC YEAR APPLICATION (September – May)

Application (includes recommendation submission) = December 31, 2016

 

Application (includes recommendation submission) = January 31, 2017

Interviews = 2nd week January [in person]; last week in January [phone]

 

Interviews = mid-February

Health Clearance = Student’s spring break

 Second PPD test = week of May 15-19

 

Health Clearance = March 31, 2017

ID badge pickup = week of May 15-19

(should be picked up after 2nd PPD check)

 

ID badge pickup = March 31, 2017

CITI training/IRB registration deadline = April 1, 2017

 

CITI training/IRB registration deadline = April 15, 2017

Online Blackboard training deadline = May 20, 2017

 

Online Blackboard training deadline = April 29, 2017

Orientation = May 20, 2017

Orientation = April 30, 2017

Refresher orientation = August 27, 2017

Start Date = May 22, 2017

Start Date = August 28, 2017

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