Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Research Specialist - Georgetown University Medical Center
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The Research Specialist serves as the primary contact for women participating in the Women's Interagency HIV Study (WIHS). S/he provides recruitment, retention, and outreach services for these women to facilitate their continued participation in a long-term health study and related sub-studies and carries out scripted interview and records data according to research protocol. The incumbent identifies community resources and responds to various client problems, both immediate and long term with appropriate referrals, as well as assists and/or participates in group activities and Community Advisory Board meetings, maintaining work related certifications as needed. Reporting to the WIHS Project Director and working in collaboration with other research assistants, the medical team and the data team including the Data Manager, the Project Coordinator, and the Principal Investigator, the Research Specialist has additional duties that include but are not limited to:
Facilitates informed consent for study participants, by explaining the study and answering their questions.
Performs data collection which involves sensitive information, data entry, and data edits.
Performs the role of direct first link with the study participants, scheduling research clinics in coordination with the clinical team and other research assistants.
Recruits and enrolls participants in sub-studies, arranging for study incentives payments.
Coordinates travel arrangements where necessary and mails labs reports to the participants and their providers, per participants' requests.
Works on retention activities such as maintaining contact with the participant through-out the year.
Sends birthday cards and other positive mail to the participants, playing a major role in organizing the holidays party for the study participants.
Handles producing the study newsletter, gathers articles for the newsletter, and edits them as necessary, sometimes writing articles and preparing the newsletter using Publication software.
Performs other day-to-day project activities as assigned.
Bachelor's degreepreferably in health or related field
1 - 3 years of practical experience
Exceptional interpersonal skills and detail-orientation
Analytical background, strong verbal and written communication, and organizational skills
Ability to work independently and in the team
Ability to speak, read, and write Spanish
Knowledge of research methods
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