Patient Advocacy Volunteer in Emergency Research Services


PAVERS is a patient advocacy volunteer program in which participants gain patient interaction experience and learn about medicine through Emergency Department observation, approved structured tasks, a series of monthly lectures and possible assistance with research. Participants act as volunteers within the Emergency Department, assisting patients, physicians, and nurses. PAVERS should expect the majority of their time in the program to be spent interacting with patients and Emergency Department staff at Bellevue Hospital Center. Participants in PAVERS have one of the most immersive observation opportunities available to undergraduates.

In order to be considered for the PAVERS program, candidates must submit an online application form following the link at the bottom of this page. We accept applications from current undergraduates, post-graduates, post-baccalaureates and recent graduates (within 2 years of graduating). We accept students from all colleges and universities (i.e. admittance is not solely for NYU students). 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 volunteers rotate in the Emergency Department. Participants have shifts in Adult Emergency Services, Pediatric Emergency Services and Urgent Care.

Requirements and Commitment

PAVERS are required to commit to volunteering for a minimum of one academic year (two semesters). PAVERS does not take place during the summer. The time commitment is two four-hour shifts per week, plus one three-hour monthly meeting. Due to undergraduate schedules, monthly meetings typically occur on Fridays (please have availability on this day of the week). 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

Again, participants will have two shifts per week within these time frames. Shifts are set as standing schedules; therefore PAVERS will have the same schedule week-to-week, per semester. Shifts will be decided by participants.
The Fall semester of PAVERS will begin Monday, September 18th and end Friday, December 22nd, for a total of 14 weeks. The Spring semester will begin Monday, January 22nd and end Friday, May 4th, for a total of 15 weeks. Volunteers will accumulate a total of 232 hours at Bellevue Hospital Center.

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

Application Process

The application to the PAVERS program is now open for 2017 - 2018. The application for Fall 2017 will close August 31st or until all positions are filled. The application process is described here.

Should you have any questions, please email Anthony Orneta at