Research Division

Emergency medicine faculty and residents participate in research studies spanning a wide range of both clinical and non-clinical topics. Departmental faculty enjoy mentoring residents who are interested in gaining experience with emergency medicine research, and residents are strongly encouraged to collaborate with faculty in ongoing departmental research projects. There are numerous opportunities for residents to become involved in research studies as co-investigators and study authors.  Full-time research coordinators and specially trained research assistants are available to help with study design, subject screening, and patient enrollment. Residents frequently present the results from their projects at national conferences including SAEM and ACEP.

Research areas

  • Septic shock (NIH funded)
  • Post-cardiac arrest syndrome (NIH funded)
  • Addiction Medicine (NIH funded)
  • Traumatic injury (NIH funded)
  • Geriatric medicine (NIH funded)
  • Cooper is one of the three founding sites of the Emergency Medicine Shock Research Network (EMSHOCKNET)
  • Pediatric investigations in collaboration with the Division of Pediatric EM
  • Medical student and Resident education
  • Simulation in EM education
  • Prehospital/EMS
  • Clinical trial registries (Federally funded)
  • Numerous ongoing multi-center pharmaceutical and industry sponsored trials
  • Neurologic emergencies
  • Participant in the NIH-funded SIREN network for multi-center emergency care clinical trials

Performance improvement

  • Ultrasound applications including:
    • Early pregnancies
    • Trauma (FAST exam)
  • Patient satisfaction
  • ED throughput

Research Curriculum

  • Certification in the Protection of Human Research Participants
  • Monthly journal club sessions, led by the senior residents
  • Attendance at CAT lecture series
    • Completion of two Critically Appraised Topics (CATs)
  • Demonstration of comprehension of basic research methodology, study design and ethical issues
  • Successful completion of a research/scholarly project under the direct supervision of EM faculty
  • Senior Presentation each May where PGY3s present their scholarly projects