The Academic Associate Program

EXT 488 - The Academic Associate Program

Department of Emergency Medicine

Stony Brook University Medical Center


The Academic Associate Program of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Stony Brook University was one of the first of its kind in the US and has served as a model for many similar programs since.  This program is comprised of undergraduate students from Stony Brook University who staff the emergency department and screen patients for clinical studies.  The program was established to introduce students to clinical research while facilitating patient enrollment in clinical studies in the Emergency Department.


Eligible students include junior (U3) and senior (U4) undergraduate students at Stony Brook University.  The program is one of many University externships in which students receive academic credit for life experiences.  Students receive one academic credit for participation and are expected to complete weekly four-hour shifts over the course of the semester.  Returning students and those who excel have the opportunity to assume increasing responsibility and involvement in ongoing and independent research projects.


Over the last decade hundreds of students have participated in our program.  Many students have conducted independent research projects that have been presented at regional and national meetings and published in peer-reviewed medical journals.  Graduates of our program have also gone on to successful careers in medicine.


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