PEMRAP

The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Research Associates Program

In giving students the opportunity to conduct pediatric research in a clinical setting, PEMRAP encourages students to work collaboratively, to think critically and to communicate precisely. PEMRAP teaches students how to interact with patients and their families in a professional and compassionate manner, and how to be confident in one’s abilities.

Micaela Mauthner (PEMRAP Alumni)


Pediatric Emergency Medicine Research Associates Program (PEMRAP)

PEMRAP is a novel volunteer opportunity offered to post-secondary students interested in pursuing a career in a wide range of medical fields and research disciplines. Students develop experience participating in active clinical research projects run by the Pediatric Emergency Research Team (PERT) in the Emergency Department at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.

Our program will result in the discovery of new knowledge that will impact the care of acutely ill and injured children, increase educational opportunities for students and trainees in the health care and research professions and expand partnerships between researchers both inside and outside the Emergency Department setting.

PEMRAP Director: Dr. Graham Thompson

PEMRAP Lead: Ashley Jones

PEMRAP Educator: Cameron Hillier

Our team is composed of 50 dedicated undergraduate and graduate Volunteer Research Assistants led by PERT Investigators, Research Nurses and Research Coordinators. Each year our volunteers contribute close to 7000 hours to PEMRAP projects and studies.  

Thank you to everyone who applied for our fall 2021 volunteer intake, the quality of applications was exceptional.  The recruitment process is now complete.

We would like to share some information on how we made our decisions, as we are unable to provide individual feedback to each applicant at this time.  Here are some of the considerations we were weighing when looking at applications and the overall composition of our team:

-Diversity, inclusion and equity

-Representation from a cross-section of academic backgrounds

-Representation from a cross-section of academic years

In light of the challenges for in person extra-curricular, research and service opportunities over the past 18 months, we also prioritized individuals who have not been able to access opportunities and therefore have significant gaps in their resumes. 

Our next possible volunteer intake will be for the winter session in January 2022, dependent on vacancies.  An update will be posted to the website in October.  

 

Please contact Ashley Jones (PEMRAP Lead) to learn more about our current and past collaborations and for information on how to become a volunteer.