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Clinical Research Assistant I

Department Description: Department Description
The Division of Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology supports a wide range of clinical and basic science research projects. The primary responsibility of this Research Assistant will be to recruit and enroll study participants for a pregnancy cohort study designed to better understand causes of maternal morbidity and mortality. The Research Assistant also will oversee daily activities related to this and other departmental projects, including data collection, sample collection, data entry and database management, and will assist with administrative tasks related to ongoing projects. In addition, the Research Assistant will assist Principal Investigators with writing study protocols and preparing IRB applications, as well as preparing charts and tables for manuscripts and presentations. The Research Assistant will be part of team that includes epidemiologists and research assistants.

Basic Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree. Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.

Additional Qualifications: Strong interpersonal skills and effective oral and written communication skills are necessary. Attention to detail, along with strong organizational skills and the ability to work independently, are essential. Flexibility, the capacity to manage multiple tasks and openness to feedback are required.

Job Location: Boston, MA

Req ID: 28565BR

Job Summary: Responsible for screening research subjects for participation in clinical research projects, enrolling research subjects onto these studies, monitoring protocol implementation, completing required forms and reporting results. Works closely with other clinical research staff.

Essential Responsibilities:
  1. Independently or in conjunction with other clinical research staff and/or research nurse, recruits and enrolls research subjects onto clinical research projects according to study protocols. May assess research subjects' eligibility for inclusion in a particular protocol based on contracts with physicians and nurses and knowledge of the protocol.
  2. Checks all eligibility and ineligibility criteria with the research subjects' medical record. Verifies information with clinical research nurse and/or principal investigator.
  3. Discusses informed consent with research subjects. Interacts with research subjects prior to entering the study and throughout the entire treatment. Assists with scheduling appointments and follow up tests.
  4. Learns protocol and monitors strict adherence to protocols by physicians, nurses and research subjects. Reviews protocol requirements with physicians, nurses and fellows. Identifies any problems with protocol compliance and notifies principal investigator and/or research nurse. Begins to learn how to independently resolve problems with protocol.
  5. Extracts data on protocol subjects from hospital records, outpatient charts and private physician office records in order to complete case report forms required by specific protocols. Enters data into computerized system.
Required Qualifications:
  1. Bachelor's degree required.
  2. 0-1 years related work experience required.
  3. Working knowledge of computerized data (word processing, spreadsheets, and database).
  4. Medical terminology.
  5. Experience with computer systems required, including web based applications and some Microsoft Office applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access.
Preferred Qualifications:
  1. Previous clinical research project experience.
  1. Decision Making: Ability to make decisions that are based on specific instructions, standard practices and established procedures which generally require little or no supervision.
  2. Problem Solving: Ability to address problems that are routine, somewhat repetitive and generally solved by following clear directions and procedures and by identifying opportunities for process improvements.
  3. Independence of Action: Ability to follow general instructions and procedures as provided. Work is monitored by supervisor/manager.
  4. Written Communications: Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in written English with internal and external customers.
  5. Oral Communications: Ability to comprehend and converse in English to communicate effectively with medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.
  6. Knowledge: Ability to demonstrate full working knowledge of standard concepts, practices, procedures and policies with the ability to use them in varied situations.
  7. Team Work: Ability to work collaboratively in small teams to improve the operations of immediate work group by offering ideas, identifying issues, and respecting team members.
  8. Customer Service: Ability to provide a high level of customer service to patients, visitors, staff and external customers in a professional, service-oriented, respectful manner using skills in active listening and problem solving. Ability to remain calm in stressful situations.

Physical Nature of the Job:
Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force frequently to move objects. Some elements of the job are sedentary, but the employee will be required to stand for periods of time or move through out the hospital campus

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