Academic Associate Program in Ophthalmology

Welcome to the Academic Associate Program (AAP) in Ophthalmology.  The AAP, a Yale Undergraduate Organization, provides students with a unique opportunity to participate in clinical research, volunteer in a real-world setting and gain exposure to patient care in a single commitment. Participants learn about the broad spectrum of clinical study designs, patient privacy protection through HIPAA training, human research protection training through the National Institutes of Health (NIH), patient interview skills, enrollment of patients in clinical studies, data entry and analysis for clinical research. At the completion of the required hours for a semester enrollment (2 3-hour shifs per week M-F 8am-11am, 11am-2pm, 2pm-5pm, except during Yale recesses, reading week, and finals week), academic associates who fulfill the program's strict attendance requirements are eligible for a certificate of participation stating the number of hours completed. Volunteers also have the opportunity to build relationships with faculty and possibly gain a letter of recommendation for your medical school application.

The mission of the Yale Eye Center (YEC) Academic Associate Program (AAP) is to:

  • Increase the number and breadth of clinical research studies at YEC
  • Offer more patients the opportunities to participate in research
  • Give Yale undergraduates the chance to learn about and participate in clinical research

This mission statement supports and enhances the mission statement of YEC: "The Yale Eye Center is dedicated to enhancing quality of life at home and abroad by improving and preserving vision through world-class patient-centered care, research, and education."