Emergency Assistants for Research in Child Health

Hospital for Sick Children

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Clinical Research Training

The Paediatric Research Academic Initiative in SickKids Emergency (PRAISE) is now the SickKids Emergency Assistants for Research in Child Health (SEARCH) Program.

Applications for the January-April 2020 Winter term are now CLOSED. Applications will re-open in late February/early March 2020.

What is the purpose of this program?

The SickKids Emergency Assistants for Research in Child Health (SEARCH) program is an educational initiative of the SickKids Emergency Department (ED), with the aim to facilitate patient-specific research efforts in the ED. This includes both formal research such as randomized controlled trials, and quality improvement projects. Volunteers function as trainee research assistants, and will be trained to help screen and enroll eligible patients into multiple research studies that are currently recruiting in the ED.

The specific goals of this initiative are to provide a constant research presence in the ED, to improve recruitment rates for ongoing studies, and to educate and mentor future research and/or health care professionals.

What will I be doing?

In this program, you will be working during scheduled shifts in the ED with another SEARCH trainee and under the supervision of an experienced SEARCH Research Assistant (RA) to help identify and enroll patients for approximately 12-14 studies. Each of the two SEARCH trainees will take on a different role per shift. One trainee will act as an agent of SickKids, and will be the first research point of contact for patients and families arriving in the ED. As they arrive, the SEARCH agent will be scanning the ED patient tracking system to identify possible eligible patients, and will also be the first to approach these families to assess their willingness to discuss a study with the RA. The second trainee acts as the RA-trainee, and will get to assist and shadow the SEARCH RA to learn more about research processes within the ED, gradually taking on more responsibility under the RA's supervision. If you join the program, you will be able to act in both roles, alternating with each shift.

You will also get the chance to approach and interact with clinical staff, such as completing study related forms with attending doctors and fellows, attending shift hand-over, and working closely with the ED research nursing team for more complex studies such as clinical trials.

What is the required commitment?

A commitment of two shifts per week, every week, for four months from volunteers with a keen interest in learning more about the basics of clinical research. Volunteers will choose from shifts times from Monday through Sunday. The program operates seven days a week from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm and is divided into the following shift times:


  • 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • 5:00 pm to 10 pm


  • 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm

The program follows terms that run from January to April (Winter), May to August (Summer), and September to December (Fall). A commitment to work two shifts per week for four months is mandatory. Volunteers who meet minimum program requirements may have the opportunity to extend their four-month commitment for another term upon performance evaluation.

Volunteers must:

  • Meet Occupational Health requirements (two-step TB test and proof of up-to-date immunization)
  • Complete paperwork as required by Human Resources and Volunteer Services 
  • Attend the program and hospital required orientation session(s) and training shifts (see dates below)
  • Complete Tri-Council Policy Statement (TCPS2) ethics training
  • Familiarize self with current study protocols

Please note the following dates and deadlines:

As successful applicants please be aware you will need to strictly adhere to these mandatory timelines and be available for ALL DATES for the duration of the term to apply for the program.

  • Application Deadline: TBD
  • ONLY successful interviewees will be contacted by email by TBD
  • Interview Dates: Will be booked the week of TBD **These dates may be subject to change**
  • MANDATORY Orientation: TBD
  • Training shift weeks: TBD (all trainees must complete two shadowing shifts during this time, one each week).
  • Duration of four-month term: May 4, 2020 to Aug 30, 2020  (with chance to extend into Fall term).


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Toronto , Canada