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Research Associates Program at St. Vincent’s. Frank Illuzzi, MD, FACEP Keith Bradley, MD Patrick Eiben , BS Erika Gardner , BS Michael Haydu , BS William Keefe, BA. Research Associates (RAs). RA’s are pre-health professional students who volunteer in the emergency department (ED)

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Research associates program at st vincent s

Research Associates Program at St. Vincent’s

Frank Illuzzi, MD, FACEP

Keith Bradley, MD

Patrick Eiben, BS

Erika Gardner, BS

Michael Haydu, BS

William Keefe, BA


Research associates ras

Research Associates (RAs)

RA’s are pre-health professional students

who volunteer in the emergency department (ED)

as participant identifiers and data collectors in

clinical research.


Clinical research in the ed is different

Clinical Research in the EDIs Different

Emergency Department experience …


Clinical research in the ed is different1

Clinical Research in the EDIs Different

Emergency Department experience …

vs.

Research Lab experience …


Ras an answer to some of the obstacles to research

RAs: An Answer to Some of the Obstacles to Research

  • bright, motivated individuals

  • primary responsibility = research

  • focused experts on the details of the research

  • on-site, 24/7, in the ED

  • available in large numbers

  • "free“

    = paid in a commodity other than money


Ras an answer to some of the obstacles to research1

RAs: An Answer to Some of the Obstacles to Research

  • bright, motivated individuals

  • primary responsibility = research

  • focused experts on the details of the research

  • on-site, 24/7, in the ED

  • available in large numbers

  • "free“

    = paid in a commodity other than money

    Traditionally, whom did they get for the job?


Ras an answer to some of the obstacles to research2

RAs: An Answer to Some of the Obstacles to Research

  • bright, motivated individuals

  • primary responsibility = research

  • focused experts on the details of the research

  • on-site, 24/7, in the ED

  • available in large numbers

  • “free”

    = paid in a commodity other than money

    Medical Students!!!


Difference between ms1 and pre med

Difference between MS1 and Pre-Med?


Difference between ms1 and pre med1

Difference between MS1 and Pre-Med?

  • 1st year of medical school:

    • anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, neuroscience

    • real clinical skills?


Difference between ms1 and pre med2

Difference between MS1 and Pre-Med?

  • 1st year of medical school:

    • anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, neuroscience

    • real clinical skills? Not so much until MS 3,4


Difference between ms1 and pre med3

Difference between MS1 and Pre-Med?

  • 1st year of medical school:

    • anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, neuroscience

    • real clinical skills? Not so much until MS 3,4

  • So … why not ?

    • health professional school applicants / college Seniors


Difference between ms1 and pre med4

Difference between MS1 and Pre-Med?

  • 1st year of medical school:

    • anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, neuroscience

    • clinical skills? Not so much until MS 3,4

  • So … why not ?

    • health professional school applicants / college Seniors

    • Juniors, Sophomores and 2nd semester First Years


We re looking for a lot of good pre health professional students

We’re Looking for a Lot of Good Pre-Health Professional Students


We re looking for a lot of good pre health professional students1

We’re Looking for a Lot of Good Pre-Health Professional Students

Who want:

  • a significant clinical exposure

  • a significant research experience

  • a specific role in the ED (vs. just shadowing)

  • to work with a diverse patient population

  • an evaluated patient-care experience


Research associates

Research Associates

Functions

  • enroll participants in clinical research

  • obtain demographic and historical information

  • measure physical parameters

  • read informed consent

  • facilitate the research


Research associates1

Research Associates

Responsibilities

  • participate in training and orientation

  • volunteer one 4-hour shift / week / semester

  • receive evaluations by RA Program staff on

    • patient interaction skills

    • ability to follow research protocol

    • accurate data collection


Do ra programs work

Do RA Programs Work?


Do ra programs work1

Do RA Programs Work?

Since 1994,

  • ≈ 40,000 participants enrolled in studies


Do ra programs work2

Do RA Programs Work?

Since 1994,

  • ≈ 40,000 participants enrolled

  • ≈1000 RAs


Do ra programs work3

Do RA Programs Work?

Since 1994,

  • ≈ 35,000 participants enrolled

  •  900 RAs

  • in 22 clinical research studies


Do ra programs work4

Do RA Programs Work?

Since 1994,

  • ≈ 35,000 participants enrolled

  •  900 RAs

  • in 22 clinical research studies

    • traditional, e.g., ankle injuries, trauma, CQI


Do ra programs work5

Do RA Programs Work?

Since 1994,

  • ≈ 35,000 participants enrolled

  •  900 RAs

  • in 22 clinical research studies

    • traditional, e.g., ankle injuries, trauma, CQI

    • screening, e.g., domestic violence, firearms risk,


Do ra programs work6

Do RA Programs Work?

Since 1994,

  • ≈ 35,000 participants enrolled

  •  900 RAs

  • in 22 clinical research studies

    • traditional, e.g., ankle injuries, trauma, CQI

    • screening, e.g., domestic violence, firearms risk,

      Pap, mammogram, PSA, colon-rectal


Tobacco cessation pilot study

Tobacco Cessation Pilot Study


Tobacco cessation pilot study1

Tobacco Cessation Pilot Study

  • 3125 participants enrolled in 21 weeks by 63 RAs


Tobacco cessation pilot study2

Tobacco Cessation Pilot Study

  • 3125 participants enrolled in 21 weeks by 63 RAs

  • 54% of participants smoked at some time


Tobacco cessation pilot study3

Tobacco Cessation Pilot Study

  • 3125 participants enrolled in 21 weeks by 63 RAs

  • 54% of participants smoked at some time

    • 22% within the preceding 30 days


Tobacco cessation pilot study4

Tobacco Cessation Pilot Study

  • 3125 participants enrolled in 21 weeks by 63 RAs

  • 54% of participants smoked at some time

    • 22% within the preceding 30 days

  • 18% of smokers accepted CT Quitline referral


Tobacco cessation pilot study5

Tobacco Cessation Pilot Study

  • 3125 participants enrolled in 21 weeks by 63 RAs

  • 54% of participants smoked at some time

    • 22% within the preceding 30 days

  • 18% of smokers accepted CT Quitline referral

    • 38% of those who smoked within preceding 30 days


Tobacco cessation pilot study6

Tobacco Cessation Pilot Study

  • 3125 participants enrolled in 21 weeks by 63 RAs

  • 54% of participants smoked at some time

    • 22% within the preceding 30 days

  • 18% of smokers accepted CT Quitline referral

    • 38% of those who smoked within preceding 30 days

  • ≈ 50% of all CT Quitline referrals in the state during those weeks came from the St. V’s ED!


Study for 2012

Study for 2012

Tobacco Cessation Study

national, multicenter

  • based on the pilot work at St. Vincent’s

  • 14 hospitals around the country, hundreds of RAs

  • in less than 40 weeks

  • projected to enroll 50 – 75,000 participants

  • potentially the largest prospective,

    interventional clinical trial


Study for 20121

Study for 2012

Tobacco Cessation Study

national, multicenter

  • based on the pilot work at St. Vincent’s

  • 15 hospitals around the country, hundreds of RAs

  • in less than 40 weeks

  • projected to enroll 50 – 75,000 participants

  • potentially the largest prospective,

    interventional clinical trial ever done


Study for 20122

Study for 2012

Tobacco Cessation Study

national, multicenter

  • based on the pilot work at St. Vincent’s

  • 15 hospitals around the country, hundreds of RAs

  • in less than 40 weeks

  • projected to enroll 50 – 75,000 participants

  • potentially the largest prospective,

    interventional clinical trial ever done

    Nice topic at health professional school interview?


Think of these numbers

Think of These Numbers


Think of these numbers1

Think of These Numbers

  • > 1/2


Think of these numbers2

Think of These Numbers

  • > 1/2

    • more than half the U.S. population goes to ED

      every year as a patient or visitor


Think of these numbers3

Think of These Numbers

  • > 1/2

    • more than half the U.S. population goes to ED

      every year as a patient or visitor

  • 4


Think of these numbers4

Think of These Numbers

  • > 1/2

    • more than half the U.S. population goes to ED

      every year as a patient or visitor

  • 4

    • average number of hours for an ED visit


Think of these numbers5

Think of These Numbers

  • > 1/2

    • more than half the U.S. population goes to ED

      every year as a patient or visitor

  • 4

    • average number of hours for an ED visit

  •  500,000


Think of these numbers6

Think of These Numbers

  • > 1/2

    • more than half the U.S. population goes to ED

      every year as a patient or visitor

  • 4

    • average number of hours for an ED visit

  •  500,000

    • college students and post-bacs interested in medical school


National alliance of research associates programs narap

National Alliance of Research Associates Programs(NARAP)

  • RA programs in multiple hospitals around the U.S.

  • clinical research consortium on the ED

    as a site to facilitate primary care screening

  • tens of thousands of participants enrolled in clinical studies over short time periods

    A Research JUGGERNAUT!!!


Narap member institutions

NARAP Member Institutions

CT Hartford Hospital/UConn

Lawrence & Memorial

St. Vincent’s. Bridgeport

DC Georgetown

MA UMass

MO St. Louis University

NE Creighton University

NJ Hackensack U. Med Center

NY University of Rochester

NV University of Nevada

PA Jefferson

TN Delta Med Center, Memphis

TX Seton / U Texas, Austin

VT UVM

WA Pullman Regional


Research associates program

Research Associates Program

Process

  • recruit

    - local colleges during the school year

    - nationally for the summer semester

  • orientation sessions (8 hrs. / weekend day x 2)

    • basics of clinical research

    • ethical issues

    • safety

    • specifics on data collection for each study


Ra program at st vincent s medical center

RA Program at St. Vincent’s Medical Center

  • 85,000 patient visit ED

  • largest ED in largest city in CT

  • diverse patient population

  • Level 2 Trauma Center

  • the major teaching affiliate of

    Quinnipiac University School of Medicine


Ra programs

RA Programs

Benefits

  • Research is done effectively, efficiently,

    while minimizing impact on clinical care

  • RAs get clinical exposure and research experience

  • Advisers have a guaranteed evaluated clinical experience for their students

  • Study participants and future patients benefit most

    Win-Win-Win-Win


Research associates at st v s

Research Associates at St. V’s

Becoming a RA

  • Application:www.RAProgram.org

  • Application fee:$200non-refundable!

    • Criminal Background Check

    • drug testing

    • health clearance (varicella/chickepox, hepatitis B, TB)

    • uniform shirts x 2

    • administrative fee

  • HPA letter of endorsement (Cut/Paste from website)


Research associates at st v s1

Research Associates at St. V’s

Shifts chosen according to time application and payment received !

Summer semesters, 2012 mandatory orientation

Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 3 June

or

Saturday and Sunday, 16 and 17 June

at St. Vincent’s Medical Center, Bridgeport


Chief ras

Chief RAs

Responsibilities

  • post-bacs in the application cycle

  • Program Director's assistants

  • develop their RA Program’s

    • recruiting, personnel management,

      scheduling, website, database management

  • “first port of call” for line-RAs' on-shift issues


So if you see the potential

So, If You See the Potential …

RA Program at St. Vincent’s

www.RAProgram.org

Chief RA in NARAP hospital

  • www.theNARAP.org


Research associates program at st vincent s

Watch “ER” on TVand guess what it’s like; Be a Research Associate in the Emergency Department and know.


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