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Excellence in Research for the 2016-2017

Congratulations to all research associates who received Excellence in Research for the 2016-2017 academic year.

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The Emergency Medicine Research Associates Program (EMRAP) is a clinical research program operated in conjunction with the UC Irvine Biological Sciences 199 research opportunities program at the UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, CA.

Founded by Dr. Federico Vaca in 1997, EMRAP provides UC Irvine undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students with a unique opportunity to contribute directly to research projects in Emergency Medical Services and our Level 1 Trauma Center through first-hand experience with patient interaction and close mentorship by UC Irvine School of Medicine faculty members.

During each four-hour shift, students interface with patients, families, and physicians, obtaining consent and collecting data for multiple studies. Research associates also gain knowledge in the methodology of clinical and epidemiological research through a parallel academic program, led by EMRAP Director Dr. Wirachin Hoonpongsimanont and Faculty Advisor Dr. Shahram Lotfipour.

While participating in EMRAP, students can pursue leadership opportunities by serving as Research Study Liaisons for chosen projects, thereby playing a key role in the implementation and integrity of research protocols for the studies.

All EMRAP associates are encouraged to take full advantage of UC Irvine’s extensive undergraduate research opportunities. In addition to being an integral part of the workings of the Department of Emergency Medicine, EMRAP strives to prepare students as future leaders and healthcare professionals, and to foster greater understanding of clinical emergency medicine and our community’s public health needs.


EMRAP Training Day Retreat at City Tower
EMRAP Attends UROP Symposium
EMRAP Attends Excellence in Research
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EMRAP End-of- the-Year Banquet
Tonya Santiago Presents on The Role of a Nurse Practitioner
Dr. Shahrdad Lotfipour Presents on Creating Effective Clinical Poster Presentations
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