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Chief Research Associates

Chief RAs are college graduates who are taking a year or more off between college and medical school, and are looking to increase their clinical, research, volunteer and leadership abilities. Chiefs volunteer in their position from June after their graduation, serving an average of 10-20 hours per week. Chiefs generally are able to hold a part-time or even fulltime, job as long as the hours are somewhat flexible. They are responsible for the following: planning and conducting orientation, training, supervising, and evaluating RAs. Additionally, they participate in the planning of the research studies in which the RAs participate. The experience is an opportunity to develop leadership skills, to work closely with physicians in the ED, and to get an in-depth experience with the conduction of research. More information on becoming a chief can be obtained by emailing

Current Chief Research Associates
Kaitlin McCarter, Senior Chief Research Associate: Graduate, Boston College, 2011; Jefferson Medical College Class of 2018
Mike Jen: Graduate, The Pennsylvania State University, 2012
Brice Morey: Graduate, Juniata College, 2013
Amanda Nemecz: Graduate, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2013
Amanda Radisic: Graduate, Drexel University, 2011; University of Pennsylvania post-baccalaureate program, 2013
Neil Shah: Graduate, University of Pittsburg; Current MPH Student, Thomas Jefferson University
Darlene Smith: Graduate, Drexel University, 2012
Zachary Winthrop: Graduate, Lafayette College, 2013

Past Chief Research Associates
Stephanie Bernard: Member, Jefferson Medical College, Class of 2016
Adrienne Christopher: Member, Jefferson Medical College, Class of 2017
Kait Dalsey: Member, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2017
Brittany Griffin: currently working as a medical assistant in a physician's office and applying to physician assistant school
Julia Moon: completed a Masters of Public Health from Drexel University, 2012
Nicole Piela, MD: resident physician in Emergency Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Class of 2015
Trent She: Member, Jefferson Medical College, Class of 2015
Courtney Townshend: Member, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Class of 2017