CRISP (Clinical Research Investigative Studies Program)

What is CRISP?

Med Student Clinical research continues to grow in stature, breadth and importance in terms of everyday medical practice. As the quantity and quality of research continues to grow, it will become increasingly important for physicians to find a means of appreciating and keeping up with an ever expanding and dynamic body of knowledge. Such a skill can only be developed through a basic understanding of what comprises valid, well designed research as you contemplate the needs of your patients in the clinical setting. The greatest challenge for investigators performing such studies is 'how do I capture patients for my study while simultaneously carrying out my clinical duties?' Numerous articles in the Emergency Medicine literature lament the difficulties of capturing appropriate patients on a consistent basis while simultaneously attending to patient needs. This is where the CRISP program comes in.

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. This program represents the research arm of the Department of Emergency Medicine at OHSU under the direction of Bory Kea, M.D., M.C.R., F.A.C.E.P. and David Sheridan, M.D., M.C.R. and is staffed by a full-time research coordinator, Kamil Narayan, with approximately 65 pre-medical volunteer students. The CRISP program exposes research volunteers to the world of research and clinical medicine as well as the opportunity to observe patient care by spending time collecting data and observing the unfettered rhythms of patient care in an urban Emergency Department. Prior to the advent of CRISP, a void existed for students seeking opportunities to investigate health care careers and/or participate in research-oriented activities.

Who should inquire?

The CRISP program utilizes college student volunteers, from seven Oregon and Washington universities interested in health care careers. More than 55 volunteers (~75%) have been accepted into medical, nursing, and physician assistant programs and this number keeps growing. Anyone with an interest in health care related careers and seeking exposure in a clinical environment working with physicians, residents, and one-on-one patient interaction should apply. It is extremely important for individuals considering health care related fields to obtain an accurate picture of what various careers might be like for them as a practicing member of those professions.

Reading references:

1 Participation in the academic associate program: effect on medical school admission rate. Acad Emerg Med. 2004 Jun;11(6):695-8. PMID: 15175212

2 Academic associate program: integrating clinical emergency medicine research with undergraduate education. Acad Emerg Med. 1997 Mar;4(3):225-30. PMID: 9063553