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Emergency Department Research Associate Program

The Emergency Department Research Associate (EDRA) Program is a resource available to investigators who wish to harness the more than 200,000 patients seen in the Strong Memorial and Highland Hospital Emergency Departments each year. The program, begun in 1996, has successfully screened, consented and enrolled thousands of patients into dozens of studies of varying complexity. The EDRA program has a robust quality improvement process that ensures research protocols are followed and to provide regular feedback on study enrollment, successes and challenges to investigators. Research Associates are initially trained in fundamental concepts of clinical research, confidentiality, consent and procedural skills followed by a continuous learning model that provides them with ongoing research education, study specific training and quality improvement driven learning. Investigators are expected to provide information and protocol testing materials for the EDRA program to utilize in training, and are also welcome to present their research design and expectations at one of the regularly scheduled EDRA staff meetings.

The Faculty Director and EDRA Coordinator are available to assist in utilizing this resource. There is a fee for using the EDRA program that is based on the expected utilization of the associates. Under certain circumstances this fee may be reduced or waved. For more information, or to discuss using the EDRA program to assist in your study enrollment, contact the ED Research Associate Program.

Research Associate Team

Vincent DeRienzo

Vincent E. DeRienzo
EDRA Coordinator

EDRA Group

EDRA Program Brochure