For over a decade, the Research Volunteer Program has enabled Emergency Medicine physicians to perform clinical inquiries into many levels of patient care - ranging from public health surveys to studies on the efficacy of medications and procedural interventions. Our volunteers also assist with conducting department quality improvement initiatives.
We aim to both increase knowledge in Emergency Medicine for the betterment of patient care in Emergency Medicine and to prepare our volunteers for the next step in their medical careers. The program is intended to introduce participants interested in healthcare to the fast-paced environment of a Trauma Level One Emergency Department and educate our volunteers on whether or not Emergency Medicine is a viable career pathway in their futures.
The Research Volunteer Program in the Emergency Department (ED) at Hennepin County Medical Center hosts medical students, undergraduates, graduate students, and post-graduate students interested in medical careers to participate in data collection for academic research projects. As Research Volunteers (RVs), students are afforded the opportunity to learn basic methodologies in clinical research, interact with patients, and observe the practice of emergency medicine. RVs participate daily in the innovation of medical practice. The Research Volunteer Program runs year-round with students generally working 8-12 hours a week during the academic year. During all terms, RVs are also expected to work one to two overnight shifts every month. In addition to time spent in the ED, students are invited to attend lectures on selected topics in Emergency Medicine and research methodology.