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The Department of Medicine’s Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has an outstanding opportunitu open for a Temporary Research Study Assistant in the Limaye Lab.
Under general supervision, the temporary Research Study Assistant will perform support functions for a panel of clinical studies dealing with infectious diseases among critically ill patients. Assist in the implementation of clinical studies, including (but not limited to): IRB applications and related forms, data collection forms, patient screening and enrollment, gather and compile data, sponsor/IRB communications, verification of investigative procedures to accomplish research goals, assist in developing and setting up database files, and process human biological specimens.
Research Study Protocol Implementation:
•Follow guidelines for identifying subject populations; complete forms, questionnaires, and clinic procedures for collecting and summarizing observations and data. •Assist in reviewing human subjects applications, consent forms, modifications and status reports in compliance with applicable regulations. •Assist in screening, enrollment, and scheduling study visits. •Follow research protocol and monitor participant adherence to protocol; report deviations from protocol requirements and take action to correct problems. •Modify procedures for collecting and summarizing data; participate in the development of procedures for the design of measurement instruments and scoring systems. •Under direction of a licensed health care practitioner oDispense and retrieve medication and maintain and monitor drug accountability records. oReview and modify medication schedules as needed in accordance with study protocol. •Maintain contact with community agencies, health care providers, and/or study sponsors (i.e., NIH, pharmaceutical, and other institutions); serve as site contact and inform sponsors of status of research. •Obtain research data and specimens from outside providers in compliance with institution, federal, and other applicable regulations. •Maintain effective working relationships with patients and their families, professional staff and volunteers. •Assist multidisciplinary team to help carry out research protocol (GCRC, pharmacy, laboratory, etc.). •Maintain confidentiality of subject records •Inventory and ordering supplies •Prepare for and assist in study monitor visits. •Serve as point of contact between multi-site research protocols. •Perform related duties as required.
Specimen Collection & Coordination:
•Assist Research Coordinator to obtain patient specimens (e.g., blood, urine, stool, nasal swabs, etc.). •Coordinate and assist in collection, processing, inventory and shipping of study specimens. •Obtain research specimens from outside providers in compliance with institution and federal regulations.
•Extract technical and medical information from institution or clinical records. •Verify accuracy of research data. •Use data management programs to prepare summary narrative reports. •Create graphs, tables, charts and illustrations. •Use a computerized system for tracking study subjects; monitor data quality control to ensure adherence to study protocol.
Safety/Response to Emergencies:
•Participate in interdepartmental efforts to facilitate a safe environment for all staff and patients. •Keep up to date on safety procedures including fire plan, disaster drills, evacuation routes, etc. •Report knowledge of hazards to the supervisor. •Follows safety/biohazards procedures and practices "Universal Precautions" at all times.
•Two years of college level course work in a relevant academic area AND one year of appropriate experience OR equivalent education/experience.
•Bachelor’s degree in health or other related field •Knowledge of medical terminology. •Prior research experience with solid organ transplant population: •Knowledge and experience with infection control precautions in the in- and out-patient setting. •Prior lab experience with handling, processing, and transporting of human biological specimens. •Research specific training in Protection of Human Research Subjects, Good Clinical Practices, HIPAA compliance, Blood Borne Pathogens, Shipping and Transporting Hazardous Materials, Laboratory Safety Compliance, and Managing Laboratory Chemicals training. •Familiar with electronic medical record programs (ORCA, EPIC, MAX, and MindScape). •Proficiency in using Microsoft Word for Windows, Excel, Access and PowerPoint. •Self-starter and able to work independently with minimal supervision. •Excellent organization, interpersonal skills, attention to detail, and communication skills. •Science background in Physiology, Immunology, Microbiology, Mycology, and Statistics.
•May work weekends and holidays. •May participate in shared call duty on clinical research studies. •Must be able to communicate clinical information in English to clinicians, nursing, support staff and patients. •This position may be stressful at times in that there is pressure to meet deadlines and handle multiple tasks concurrently. •Will work with biohazards, including blood, stool, urine, and other body fluids. •Must have good hand-eye coordination and fine dexterity to aliquot patient specimens. •Must be able to handle patient specimens at cold temperatures (-80ºC) using gloves. •Must be able to lift boxes up to 35 pounds and move between shelves. •Must be able to use a step stool and reach up to obtain supplies. •May work with infectious patients and must be able to suit-up (gloves, gown, and mask) according to droplet precautions. Potential for exposure to blood borne pathogens through needle stick or biohazard spill. •Will need to be able to travel to multiple hospitals via shuttle and walk several hundred yards. •Will need to be able to walk up 3-5 flights of stairs. •Occasional out of town travel for research-related conferences.
•As needed in support of research studies with an anticipated 15-19.5 hours per week.
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