Education & Research

Anesthesia Research & Development — Hartford Division

IAA is affiliated with multiple research and development programs, allowing team members to work on cutting-edge anesthesia research. Contact us to learn more. 

Research Volunteer Opportunities – Hartford Division

Become a Research Volunteer

For non-clinical volunteers interested in learning about anesthesia research, IAA offers three volunteer positions each quarter (4 research sessions) to work with our anesthesia research team of anesthesiologist investigators, regional anesthesia fellows, and research staff.

Research Volunteer Job Description

As an IAA research volunteer, you will work alongside the anesthesia research and development team within a schedule that suits you.

You will have the opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research while simultaneously improving your ability to communicate scientific knowledge by conducting literature reviews, writing Institutional Review Board (IRB) protocols, and writing research manuscripts.

As we develop new studies and publish ongoing trials, our research is constantly in flux. We conduct a wide variety of studies that include retrospective studies, case reports, and randomized controlled trials. This exposure to several types of research projects provides the opportunity to conduct research that is educational and exciting.

All our principal investigators are also practicing physicians, which gives our volunteers the unique experience to get an inside look into the life of an anesthesiologist in one of the nation’s busiest hospitals while conducting valuable clinical research. Hartford Hospital, a level 1 trauma center, is also home to the state-of-the-art Center for Education, Simulation, and Innovation (CESI). In this center, volunteers have the opportunity to observe simulation training for various healthcare professions, including physicians, nurses, and paramedics.

Contact us for more information or apply online today. We look forward to hearing from you.

Volunteer Date and Session Options:

  • Seasonal Opportunities:

There are 3 research positions available in winter, spring, summer, and fall. Each session lasts three months. Session application deadlines and start dates are listed below.

Each session is filled based on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applications will be open for 1.5 months prior to the start date of the session to allow time for the hiring process. Applications will no longer be accepted 2 weeks prior to the session start date to avoid a delay in starting the volunteer session.

NOTE: Due to the high volume of applications, particularly for the summer session, we are unable to accept more than 3 volunteers per session. Applicants are welcome to reapply for another session if all positions are filled.

Required Volunteer Qualifications:

  • We welcome and accept high school graduates, college undergraduate students, post-graduates, and medical students who have an interest in anesthesia research and are willing to share their time, talents, and energy with the IAA Anesthesia Research department.
  • All volunteers must be 18 or older and possess a minimum of a high school diploma.
  • We actively support all volunteers regardless of age, gender, race, religion, or orientation.

Benefits and Expected Outcomes:

Being an IAA research volunteer will provide you with the following experience and skill set development

  • Learn to work and succeed in a professional clinical environment
  • Improve your knowledge and skills as it relates to anesthesia research
  • Create connections for future career development
  • Learn and develop basic skills of biomedical research
  • Attend research meetings with our investigators and other research staff members
  • Participate in the research huddles
  • Obtain letters of recommendation if desired
  • Gain other valuable skills in active clinical research

Hartford Hospital volunteer services benefits include:

  • Meal passes
  • Free parking
  • Complimentary IAA apparel
  • Access to a state-of-the-art employee fitness center

Steps to Becoming a Research Volunteer:

1. Complete and submit an online research application on IAA’s website. Applications will be reviewed weekly during the open period by the anesthesia research staff, and all applicants will receive a response regarding the status of their application. Only potential candidates will be contacted to proceed to an interview.

Complete and submit your Research Volunteer Application here. 

2. Complete the interview process. Interviews are typically conducted virtually. During the interview, applicants can share details regarding their interest in volunteering, ask questions and discuss details related to the potential experiences with our team of researchers.

3. Accept the offer and file online application with Hartford Hospital volunteer services.

After you are accepted into our IAA research volunteer program, you will be sent additional information and instructions in a separate email. This email will provide instructions on how to upload the required documents including:

  • COVID-19 vaccination status
  • Completed hospital orientation
  • Completed HIPAA Training
  • Proof of childhood immunizations
  • Documentation from a clinical provider of a current PPD test (within past 12 months)
  • Documentation of Flu vaccine (during flu season only)
  • An authorization for a criminal background check 

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Does every applicant receive a volunteer position?
Answer: We are grateful for your interest to volunteer with the anesthesia research department. Because the high level of applications often exceeds our volunteer openings, we may not be able to accept all applicants. Applicants are welcome to reapply for another session if all positions are filled.

Question: What is my time commitment?
Answer: Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of two days per week for at least 3 months. For college students, some universities will provide internship compensation for their students participating in this research program. If you would like your college to participate in this program, please have them contact the research department to discuss requirements. If your college requires a certain number of hours to satisfy the internship requirement, please indicate that in your application to let us know. Some universities will provide academic credit for volunteering. Anyone receiving academic credit for volunteering through a university must be processed through the Department of Medical Education. Please call 860.972.4187 for more information.

Question: May I volunteer more than two days a week or more than 3 months?
Answer: Yes! Two days a week is the minimum requirement, and your schedule is based on your availability. If you would like to increase your participation beyond 3 months, you do not have to apply again, but please inform us at least one month prior to the end of your session to reserve your position. Please discuss your options with one of our research staff members.

Question: How much does it cost to volunteer?
Answer: The only out-of-pocket cost for our volunteers is the transportation to and from the hospital. Hospital volunteer services provide free parking and free uniforms (if desired).

Question: Is there a dress code?
Yes. Volunteers are required to abide by the professional image policies of Hartford Hospital. Volunteers cannot wear shorts, skirts above the knee, jeans, or scrubs. Open-toes shoes are not allowed in inpatient patient care areas.

Question: Can I check my health status in EPIC while collecting data for research?
Answer: No. Even though it is your own information, this is considered a HIPAA violation. You are not allowed to look up medical information on yourself, family, friends, or any person not on the list of approved research patients.

Question: Can I use my personal computer to work on data for IRB-approved research?
Answer: No, all HHC studies that involve patient health information (PHI) are approved by IRB only to be accessed on desktops and hospital-provided laptops within the HHC secure system.

Question: Can I transfer or discuss research data through my personal or school email?
Answer: No. You should always use your HHC email for communication regarding research studies and PHI.

Question: Can I share anesthesia research studies with my college friends and work colleagues?
Answer: No. Our studies are unique, and we try to maintain them this way until we publish them in different medical journals. We would ask that you please not share any information from these projects with anyone outside of this institution, as we value the uniqueness of the ideas of our research projects. However, please share your research volunteer experience with your friends and encourage them to participate.

Question: Does volunteering guarantee me a job at the hospital, if I decide to apply for a paid position?
Answer: No, we cannot guarantee that volunteers will obtain a paid position. Employees are selected for jobs based on their experience, skills, references, and credentials. Volunteering is a good way to take a step towards future employment, but it does not guarantee a position.

Question: What medical information will I need to show to be a volunteer?
All new volunteers will be asked to provide documentation of completed COVID-19 vaccinations, MMR vaccinations, Varicella vaccinations or history of chickenpox, a flu vaccine during the flu season, and have a Tuberculosis skin test within the last 12 months. The Tuberculosis test and flu vaccines are the only tests that can be provided here at Hartford Hospital. If you do not have documentation of your vaccinations, you will need to provide proof of immunity through titer testing (blood test). Titer testing is not provided through Hartford Hospital. Applicants will need to obtain the titer test at their own expense through their family physician.

Question: Will I need a flu shot to volunteer?
Answer: Yes, Hartford Hospital requires all staff and volunteers to have a flu vaccine during flu season. Certain exceptions can be made for medical or religious reasons. Individuals with approved exceptions will be required to wear a mask while volunteering during flu season.

Question: Can I shadow an anesthesiologist in the Operating Room?
Answer: Yes. Shadowing an attending anesthesiologist is one of the many benefits of this volunteer program. The operating rooms are very restricted areas, and all volunteers are required to complete a Hartford Hospital training course prior to visiting the operating rooms. Your supervisor will accompany you or make arrangements for you to go to the operating room.

Contact us for more information about IAA’s Anesthesia Research Volunteer Program – Hartford Division

We hope you’ll consider joining our volunteer research team. Please contact us today or apply now. 

Mailing Address Anesthesia Research and Development Department/ Anesthesiology Department Hartford Hospital 80 Seymour St. JB333 Hartford, CT 06102

Office Hours Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Kevin J. Finkel, MD, FASA
Director of Research, Hartford Division
IAA Research & Development Department, Hartford Division

Aseel Walker, MD 
Senior Project Management Specialist
IAA Research & Development Department, Hartford Division 

Tamas Takata, BS
Research and Volunteer Coordinator
IAA Research & Development Department, Hartford Division

Med students, residents, fellows, and others are encouraged to contact:

Kevin J. Finkel, MD, FASA

Kevin J. Finkel, MD, FASA
Director of Clinical Research,
Hartford Division

Tel: (860) 218-2204
Fax: (860) 461-0224
Email Dr. Finkel

Aseel Walker, MD
Senior Project Management Specialist
Hartford Hospital
Email Aseel

Edmund Takata, MS
Research Coordinator
Hartford Hospital
Email Edmund

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