Research Opportunities for Residents

Research Opportunities for Residents

Depending on your areas of interest, EMRO provides a multitude of research opportunities for you to get involved with. Feel free to contact Mark Sochor (Research Director) or Lea Becker (Research Coordinator) for more information.


HIV Screening

Kathryn Dort and Allison Bruff plan to again offer selected ED patients screening for HIV this summer. Allison is also doing a survey of ED care providers (IRB approved) regarding barriers to HIV testing in the ED.  The survey is brief, optional, and completion will be good for a Higher Grounds gift card.  Again, patient flow and workflow should not be effected by this survey.  Let me know if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions.   

The pilot has been limited to the Express Care area a few hours a week. An ED guideline has been written to guide the continuation of the pilot in an expanded format to capture more ED patients. See the guideline below.  

Purpose: To outline the process for offering Rapid HIV testing in the UVa Emergency Department.

Supportive data: It is estimated that as many as 25% of people infected with HIV do not know they are infected. The average age of persons utilizing the ED is 14-44 years old, the population most likely to be unknowingly infected with the HIV virus. In Virginia there is a high rate of individuals whose disease has progressed to AIDS by the time they are first diagnosed. Studies have shown that persons diagnosed with HIV have made 2 or more ED visits in the year prior to the diagnosis.


CIREN (funded by the National Highway & Traffic Safety Administration)


This study combines prospective data with a multidisplinary team of physicians and engineers to determine injury causation and biomechanics in qualifying motor vehicle crashes.

We are partnered with Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, VA and the Center for Applied Biomechanics here at UVA, and are one of six centers throughout the United States.


For information, check out NHTSA's website.