Clinical Research Investigative Studies Program (CRISP)

Welcome back CRISP

ūüď£ ūüď£ We are pleased to announce plans to relaunch the Clinical Research Investigative Studies Program (CRISP) in the fall of 2022.¬†

If you're interested in applying for CRISP, please contact crisp@ohsu.edu 

This volunteer research program, established originally in 2004, was temporarily suspended in 2020 from in-person operations.

We are excited to get ramped up and have our CRISP volunteers back on campus in the fall.

Mission Statement

The mission of CRISP is to foster an environment for faculty, residents, and students who are conducting clinical research and simultaneously expose vetted pre-health students to the world of clinical research.  In addition, we seek to provide our CRISP Research Assistants with an opportunity to observe patient care in an urban academic emergency department as well provide career counseling and support as required for the career that they anticipate. 

Introduction

As a part of the Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine (CPR-EM), the Clinical Research Investigative Studies Program (CRISP) represents the research arm of the OHSU Department of Emergency Medicine. Under the leadership and guidance of the CRISP Medical Director and CRISP Program Director the program operates 16 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are between 5 and 10 active research studies at any one time, and many of these are extramurally funded, multicenter studies.  The beauty of this program is that it provides an opportunity for pre-health students with a serious interest in health career to work in a busy academic emergency department, interact with patients, and gain clinical knowledge.  In addition to the clinical side of things, the CRISP Research Assistants also learn the basics of clinical research and have the opportunity to contribute to national library for clinical research. The CRISP Research Assistants undergo hours of training in clinical research before they are allowed to work on a shift.  Once trained, the CRISP Research Assistants work closely with OHSU Emergency Department physicians, nurses, and ancillary staff to screen for eligible patients, obtain informed consent, and collect quality data.  Overall, the CRISP Program represents that largest volunteer research program on OHSU campus staffed approximately with 50+ pre-health students. 

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Upcoming Events

We are excited to get ramped up and resume operations. Applications are opening during the Fall of 2022, email crisp@ohsu.edu if interested in applying.

This section will be updated after the current final application and student selection is complete.

Individual consultations can be provided at no cost to determine what services best fit a project’s needs. Please email crisp@ohsu.edu and complete this initial form here.

What We Offer to Investigators

  • Access to a diverse Emergency Department patient population.
  • 35-50 undergraduate research enrollers who have completed a rigorous training program.
  • Excellent screening and enrollment rates during peak volume hours.
  • Robust QA and QI process to monitor protocol compliance and documentation accuracy.