The Research Associate Program (RAP) is a volunteer program that exposes undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students to research activities in the emergency care setting at NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medicine. The program is designed to involve Research Associates in many elements of the performance of clinical research while providing opportunities for observing clinical practice and interacting with clinical providers and patients in Emergency Department.
The program aims to expose research associates to the following content areas:
Interaction with patients through research (e.g., patient recruitment and interviews)
Observation of interdisciplinary patient care in a dynamic, fast-paced clinical environment at a world-class teaching hospital
General patient assistance
Clinical Research: Theory and Practice
Theory: Training in epidemiological research methods and public health practice
Theory: Bioethics and research ethics
Practice: Performing clinical research protocols related to various subject areas in emergency medicine
Practice: Data management and data entry; review of medical records
Theory & Practice: Didactic and practical learning about content area of clinical research protocols
Mentorship and Shadowing
Interaction with attending and resident physicians and other clinical staff
Networking with other pre-health students
Opportunities to shadow physicians and other clinical staff
Research associates also attend lectures about the studies with which they assist.