Research Associate Program

The Research Associate Program (RAP) is a volunteer program that exposes undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students to research activities in an emergency care setting. The program is designed to involve Research Associates in many elements of the performance of 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 may also attend lectures about the studies with which they assist. 

How to Apply

We are currently enrolling for the Research Associate Program.

Our applications deadlines are:

  • Summer Semester -- Jan 31
  • Fall Semester -- May 31
  • Spring Semester -- Sept 30

Applications for each semester will open ~3 months before the deadline date. Applicants will be informed about interview invitations within 1 month after the application deadline. 

To learn more about the program, clickPDF icon here. Positions are available at both our Upper East Side and Lower Manhattan locations. To apply, please fill out this form

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

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

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

Residency Office
530 E. 70th St., M-127
New York, NY 10021
(212) 746-0892

Research Office
525 E. 68th St., M-130
New York, NY 10065

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