Patient Advocacy Volunteer in Emergency Research Services


PAVERS is a research methodology volunteer program in which participants learn about clinical research and medicine through emergency department observation, assistance with research, and a series of lectures. Participants act as volunteers within the emergency department, assisting patients, physicians, and nurses. PAVERS also participate in the research projects being conducted in the Department of EmergencyMedicine by collecting data from patients. PAVERS enroll patients into research studies in which the patients answer a series of simple questions. The studies are undertaken within the emergency department in order to promote socially responsible medicine and to study basic human issues in medical care. Highly motivated volunteers may have additional future research opportunities.

In order to be considered for the PAVERS program, candidates must submit written applications. After applications are received, some applicants will be granted interviews. Please read all the information and policies before you apply, as PAVERS has become an increasingly competitive program and requires a substantial commitment from volunteers.


PAVERS are required to commit to volunteering for a minimum of one academic year or a minimum of 100 hours. The time commitment is one four-hour daytime shift per week, or one eight-hour overnight shift every two weeks, plus one two-hour monthly meeting. In general, the following blocks of time are available for volunteer shifts seven days per week:

Four-hour shifts : 8am-12pm, 12pm-4pm, 4pm-8pm, 8pm-12am
Eight-hour shifts : 12am-8am

Please consider that all rules and attendance requirements for the program will be strictly enforced.Failure to abide by the rules will result in participants termination from the program.


One of the primary functions of a PAVER is to assist with ongoing Department of Emergency Medicine research studies. These research studies, some of which go on to be published in medical journals, are created and directed by Departmental faculty and resident physicians. Each study explores a different topic, but all share a common goal of gaining a better understanding of medical and social issues affecting Bellevue Hospital Center emergency patients.

The knowledge gained from each research study provides insight into basic human issues concerning patients, and offers answers about how to improve patients' experiences in the emergency department. In addition, information from certain studies can also be used in order to seek grants. The money from these grants is directed toward meeting the specific needs of Bellevue's emergency patients.

Application Process

The application for the 2015/2016 PAVERS program will open on April 1, 2015. Space is filled on a rolling admissions basis.

Lauren O'Donnell
Program Coordinator
462 First Avenue, Suite 345A
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212-562-3014
Fax: 212-562-3001

For questions or concerns, you may contact Lauren O’Donnell at