Research In Acute Care Course Track

The Research in Acute Care Course Track is a multi-semester course track designed to prepare students to conduct human subject’s research by supporting them through the entire lifecycle of a real world research study.  New students begin in the first part of the course track with rigorous hands-on training in the day-to-day process of conducting research in the UNMH Emergency Department and gradually work toward idea generation and protocol development.  In the subsequent semesters, students work in small groups to take one idea from IRB approval through data collection, analysis and publication.  Additionally, the course track gives pre-health sciences students the opportunity to receive college credit while accruing clinical shadowing hours and making a meaningful contribution to medical science. 

Examples of IRB-approved student generated research studies include:

  • “The EMS-ED Trauma Handof Study” Principal Investigator: Joy Crook, MD
  • “Patient Satisfaction and Wait Time Expectations: Effects of Providing Information to Emergency Department Patients in the Waiting Room” Principal Investigator: Jon Femling MD, PhD
  • “Evaluation of the Impact of the Affordable Care Act (2013) on a Patient’s Medical Decision Making” Principal Investigator: Robb McLean, MD
  • "Evaluation of the Readiness for Change in Emergency Department Patients in Relation to Alcohol Misuse and the Nature of ED Visit” Principal Investigator: Cameron Crandall, MD

The course is offered with Instructor Permission.  Interested students must attend a scheduled information session to receive an override or meet with instructors.

For more information, please contact Silas Bussmann, MPH, MBA at