Research Associates Program
The Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (TJUH) Department of Emergency Medicine Research Associates Program (RAP) is a participant in the National Alliance of Research Associates Program (NARAP). NARAP is a symbiotic consortium of emergency departments and colleges joined to generate research and quality improvement projects utilizing Research Associates (RAs) to enroll large numbers of participants over short time frames with minimal impact on clinical operations. RAs are pre-health professional college and post-baccalaureate students who volunteer in the TJUH emergency department (ED) for one 4-hour shift per week over the course of an academic semester assisting in the enrollment of subjects into ongoing clinical research projects. The TJUH ED is a level 1, urban university ED that sees over 65,000 patients per year.
The RAP provides students with an evaluated clinical experience for pre-health professional school, including:
• direct contact with patients and their visitors
• direct exposure to clinical research
• opportunities for discernment, qualification and personal development toward a health care career through exposure to a variety of healthcare workers