Emergency Medicine Clinical Research Associate Elective


Pending approval by the College Committee on Instruction and Appraisal.

PREREQUISITES AND PLACEMENT IN THE CURRICULUM
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This 2 or 4 week elective is geared towards M3 or M4 students who would like to gain basic knowledge of clinical research in emergency medicine. This research elective program teaches the fundamentals of research. Research associates assist with patient identifications and enrollment in ongoing EM research programs. Coupled with the “hands-on” data collection, the didactic program focuses on research design, data collection techniques, database construction, statistical analysis, and working together as a team.

We do not require any pre-requisites as we believe that the clinical emergency medicine research rotation will help students go on to excel in their other rotations as this program stresses not only research design and data collection methods, but independent thinking, and professional responsibility.  Research associates will be required to complete the CITI Protection of Human Subjects Research Training and HIPPA Privacy Training modules offered through the Office for the Protection of Research Subjects prior to the start of the elective. (http://tigger.uic.edu/depts/ovcr/research/protocolreview/irb/education/index.shtml)


PURPOSE:  

This Emergency Medicine Clinical Research Associates elective programs is designed to teach students the fundamentals of clinical research. Students work closely with faculty in the Emergency Department screening and identifying patients for a variety of clinical projects. A supplemental seminar series will introduce students to innovative focused areas of medical research.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

At the completion of the research electives, student will

  • Obtain basic knowledge of clinical research through basic research design, research ethics, data collection, and databases configuration
  •  Assist in ongoing research protocols and Quality Improvement Studies being conducted in the University of Illinois Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Gain comfort with data entry, basic statistical analysis, and abstract and manuscript preparation.

The student will be expected to attend 1(2-hour) didactic sessions per week at UIC. The student will also be required to complete pre-assigned reading assignments.  Students will be assigned a minimum of 8 (4-hour) shifts in the emergency department for hands on research experience. 

ASSESSMENT: 

The student will work with the emergency medicine research faculty and will be judged based on participation and progression throughout the elective. There will be a final examination that will cover principals covered during the didactic sessions.  Students will meet with faculty at midpoint and be given feedback regarding their progress during the rotation.  They will be given a final grade at the end of their rotation.

WEEKLY SCHEDULE: 

The following information is essential for the reviewing committees in evaluating the proposed program. Be sure to complete each section fully.  If this is not complete, the committee will have difficulty evaluating the proposal. 

Complete the following weekly schedule for students. Please be concise.

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

7-12

UIC ED Research Shift

UIC ED Research Shift

Didactic Lecture

Series (2 hours)

UIC ED Research Shift

UIC ED Research Shift

12-4

UIC ED Research Shift

UIC ED Research Shift

UIC ED Research Shift

Didactic Lecture Series (2 hours)

UIC ED Research Shift

4-8

UIC ED Research Shift

UIC ED Research Shift

UIC ED Research Shift

UIC ED Research Shift

UIC ED Research Shift

8-MN

UIC ED Research Shift

UIC ED Research Shift

UIC ED Research Shift

UIC ED Research Shift

UIC ED Research Shift


ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION:

Program Number:
Location:
UIH, 1740 W. Taylor, Chicago, IL
Faculty Program Directors:  Heather Prendergast, MD and Edward Sloan, MD
Coordinator:  Sara Heinert
Email:  sheinert@uic.edu
Telephone:  312-413-7492
Duration of Elective:  2 week or 4 week
Night Call:  No
Weekends:  No
Students Accepted: 
Min 0; Max 4
Housestaff Used as Faculty:  Yes
Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact:  40

Approved:  7/16/14