The Research Associates (RA) Program, working in conjunction with the Department of Emergency Medicine at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport, CT, is offering positions as subject identifiers and data collectors for our clinical research. While most of our RAs in the spring semester come from colleges in our CT-NY-NJ-RI-MA catchment area, we do accept post-bacs from any school. During the summer, RAs come from schools around the country and housing options on local college campuses are available. RAs serve a minimum of ten (10) shifts, four hours each, over the course of each semester. During the school year, we only allow RAs to do one shift per week to avoid conflict with academic work. For the summer, however, RAs may do as many shifts as are available. During the summer, there are also additional opportunities for clinical research work, shadowing including in the operating room and classes on medical topics. In prior semesters, each RA regularly had direct contact with well over 100 patients and visitors in the emergency department. With the studies planned for the spring and summer semesters, and the service they provide based on previous studies (Pap test, mammography, prostate and colon-rectal cancer screening and tobacco cessation), we believe that number will be substantially higher for this upcoming group of RAs.
Subject to IRB approval, these upcoming semesters will have two very interesting studies: 1. Dental Screening Following the model of our previous work on the emergency department as a site for facilitating primary care, RAs will identify patients and visitors who are not up-to-date with their visits for dental check-ups and facilitate making such appointments. 2. SPEED (Serving Patients Efficiently in the Emergency Department) This time / motion study will have RAs following an emergency physician to determine intervals from patient arrival to decision and disposition times. Cost for the program is $200 which includes a Criminal Background Check, drug testing, immunization review, two (2) uniform shirts and an administrative fee.
Please contact the program administrator for more details on dates, deadlines and eligibility.