Consider Five Numbers:
½ , 4 , 500k , 60 million and $435,000,000
More than half the U.S. population visits an Emergency Department as a patient or visitor each year.
The average Emergency Department visit lasts four hours.
By conservative estimates, there are over half a million "pre-med" college and post-baccalaureate students any given year.
If there were similar clinical research requirements for medical school applicants as there are for most other health professional students (on average 500 volunteer hours) this would result in an additional 60,000,000 volunteer hours per year devoted to activities like RA programs.
Even at minimum wage, this translates to a potential $435 million value in work by motivated, college-educated students.