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Research Associate Program

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: 

Clinical Practice 

  • 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. 

For more information about the program, please clickPDF icon here.

How to Apply

We now offer the opportunity to be a research associate at our Upper East Side and Lower Manhattan locations:

Upper East Side
525 E. 68th St., M-130
New York, NY 10065

Lower Manhattan
170 Williams Street
New York, NY 10038.

We are currently enrolling for our Lower Manhattan Campus only. We will open enrollment for both campuses at a later date. To apply, please complete the application form here.

Please contact the Emergency Medicine Research Team ( with any questions.

Mailing Address
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
Weill Cornell Medical Center
Weill Department of Medicine
525 E. 68th St., Box 179
New York, NY 10065

Office of the Chairman
525 E. 68th St., M-130
New York, NY 10065
(212) 746-0780

Residency Office
530 E. 70th St., M-124c
New York, NY 10021
(212) 746-0892

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