As a part of the Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine, the Clinical Research Investigative Studies Program (CRISP) was formed to provide an environment for faculty and residents promoting prospective emergency medicine research based directly out of the OHSU Emergency Department.
The CRISP program utilizes college student volunteers, from seven Oregon and Washington universities interested in health care careers. More than 50 volunteers have been accepted into medical, nursing, and physician assistant programs and this number keeps growing.
The CRISP program provides a community outreach to local area undergraduate institutions. It provides an outlet for students and others interested in health care related careers by exposing them to research methods and clinical medicine by spending time collecting data and observing unfettered rhythms of patient care in an urban Emergency Department.