Faculty Profile: Hoonpongsimano, Wirachin

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Faculty Information Lab Information (Packet Type, Course Title, & Department) Location
Hoonpongsimano, Wirachin
Lab Contact:
Wirachin Hoonpongsimano
(714) 456-5239
Department: SOM - Emergency Medicine
Emergency Department at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange, CA

Research Description

The Emergency Medicine Research Associates Program (EMRAP) is a clinical research program at the UCI Medical Center in Orange, CA. Founded by Dr. Federico Vaca in 1997, EMRAP provides undergraduates with a unique opportunity to contribute directly to research projects in the Emergency Department and Level 1 Trauma Center through first-hand experience with patient interaction and close faculty mentorship from the UCI School of Medicine. During each four-hour shift, students interface with patients, families, and physicians to obtain consent and collect data for multiple studies, with tasks ranging from performing ultrasound imaging on patients to providing a computerized alcohol screening and brief intervention to trauma victims. Research associates also gain knowledge in the methodology of clinical and epidemiological research through a parallel Academic Program, led by EMRAP Director Dr. Wirachin Hoonpongsimanont. While participating in EMRAP, students can pursue leadership opportunities by serving as ?liaisons? for chosen projects and thereby play a key role in the implementation and integrity of research protocol for that study. All EMRAP associates are encouraged to take full advantage of UCI's extensive undergraduate research opportunities, from applying to grant funding from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program to presenting their results through the School of Biological Sciences Excellence in Research program. In addition to being an integral part of the workings of the Department of Emergency Medicine, EMRAP strives to prepare students as future leaders and healthcare professionals and to foster greater understanding of clinical emergency medicine and our community's public health needs.

Requirements to Participate

current UCI undergraduate or post-baccalaureate student, standard Bio 199 prerequisites, minimum one-year commitment (including summer and breaks between academic terms).

Time Commitment per Week

4-hour weekly shift / unit and Monday evening research meetings at UCI Medical Center.

Faculty Means of Evaluation

Attendance, participation, professionalism, and fulfillment of liaison duties, if applicable.