The RV program has provided me the opportunity to explore clinical research at a top Emergency Medicine research institute and have a part in research that is affecting patient care today.
Participating in the RV program has sparked my passion for Emergency Medicine and given me the opportunity to learn about clinical research from leading researchers. Everyday I am able to learn something new. I am so grateful for this experience.
As a research volunteer I feel that I am getting hands on knowledge of what it means to be a medical professional while also learning more about clinical research. The diverse population of patients at HCMC gives insight into the medical needs of the community that I hope to one day serve. Working as a part of a team has given me necessary skills to one day be a physician including professionalism, efficiency, and communication skills.
Being a Research Volunteer at HCMC has not only exposed me to the fascinating practice of Emergency Medicine, but also the impact conducting clinical research can have on the advancements within the medical field. Being able to interact with staff and patients at HCMC has made me much more comfortable in a hospital setting, and has also reassured my passion to pursue a career in healthcare. One of my favorite things about working each shift at HCMC is walking in without knowing what to expect. Every single shift is exciting and spontaneous in some sort of way. I am constantly learning from the medical professionals around me.
This Research Program has taught me quite a lot during my first few months in this program. Being apart of this opportunity has taught me just how important research is at advancing the healthcare field. How we can learn from each study we are involved in at better helping patients and providing a better standard of care. This Program has taught me more about the healthcare field and working as a team to enhance patient care.
From the RV program, I have not only expanded my knowledge of the medical field and physiology of the human body, but also of the population of Minneapolis. As Research Volunteers, we have first hand interactions and observe medical professionals communicate with people from all different backgrounds. This has truly been an incredibly humbling and eye-opening opportunity.