UC Davis Today: Training future physicians in emergency medicine

Doctor with patient and three students

Training future physicians in emergency medicine

The Emergency Medicine Research Associate Program at UC Davis offers undergraduate students a hands-on internship in the emergency department. 

As part of the Department of Emergency Medicine in the nationally ranked UC Davis Health System, this internship program gives undergrads the opportunity to participate in clinical research, observe emergency operations, and learn from the physicians, nurses and staff. As a result, students see the big picture of how medical practice and clinical research complement each other. Specifically, EMRAP:

  • provides undergraduates opportunities to participate in clinical research;
  • offers an introduction to the basic concept and design of clinical research studies in the medical field;
  • delivers a direct experience in an acute medical-care environment for those aspiring to a health care career.

With undergraduate internship programs like the Emergency Medicine Research Associate Program, UC Davis is helping to improve emergency room medicine through analytical research and student involvement. 

Edward Panacek, a professor of medicine and director of the EMRAP program, includes a crew of undergraduate interns in his visit with a patient in the UC Davis Medical Center Emergency Room. Karin Higgins/UC Davis photo

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