The Academic Associates Program is a competitive research training program for students who are in good academic standing and serious about pursuing a career in healthcare. Interested students should be able to commit to at least two 6 hour shifts per week and attend the program orientation, lectures (3), periodic study trainings, and research meetings.
Immunization records (measles, mumps and rubella [MMR] and varicella [chickenpox]) and TB screening (PPD test or equivalent), and influenza (in season) are required.
Students must complete a web-based course sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania or the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on the protection of human subjects in research. Participants should accommodate time to complete the programs credentialing requirements (~4-6 weeks are required for hospital clearances).
The HUP/PPMC and chop academic Associates Program each support 10-15 active research projects in their respective ED's. Academic Associates provide support for studies at various levels including, identifying patients, administering study questionnaires and surveys, and obtaining informed consent, patient data, and biomarker samples. The program supports research in the Emergency Department, but also partners with research teams in various disciplines around the hospital such as Trauma, Neurology, Ultrasound, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Biostatistics and Epidemiology.