The primary purpose of the Cancer Registry Abstractor is to assure that complete and accurate data are collected and maintained for all malignant disease and/or specific benign tumors diagnosed and/or treated within Keck Medical Center and USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.Â Accuracy of abstracting is of utmost importance as physicians and scientists use our data to evaluate treatment methods.Â Additionally, our data is publically compared to regional and national standards of care.Â Registry abstractors must possess the ability to review data/documents accurately and consistently, accept and learn from constructive feedback, make decisions with limited information and stay abreast of changes made by regulatory organizations to maintain compliance.Â This position compiles cancer related patient data and supports the research, prevention, and control initiatives according to the California Cancer Registry, the American College of Surgeons, and the organizational priorities of Keck Medicine of USC.
Minimum Education:Required:â¢High School DiplomaPreferred: â¢Associateâs Degreeâ¢Successful completion of a Cancer Information Management Program recognized by the National Cancer Registrars AssociationMinimum Experience/Knowledge:â¢One to three years of experience in an acute care facility and experience in using computerized abstracting and coding database systems preferredâ¢Experience in a CoC approved facility preferredâ¢NCI-Comprehensive Cancer Center experience preferredâ¢Comparable work or life experience may be consideredâ¢Highly organized individual with extensive computer and Microsoft software experience (Windows, MS Word, MS Excel)â¢Must demonstrate excellent communication skills and diplomacy in dealing with public, hospital and medical staffâ¢Must have strong attention to detailâ¢Must have a thorough knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, oncology terminology, oncology physiology, and oncologic diagnostic and treatment modalities, typically obtained at the collegiate level.â¢Must understand clinical pathways to determine what types of treatment should be expected based on site, extent and type of cancer.â¢Must be proficient in morphology and topographic site coding by International Classification of Diseases (both ICD-9, ICD-10, and ICD-O). Expertise is required in current staging schemes (SEER Summary, SEER Extent of Disease, Collaborative Stage, and American Joint Committee Cancer Staging TNMâ¢Must have excellent computer skills with a working knowledge of the CNExT cancer reporting software or equivalent, MS Word and Excel or other spreadsheet and work processing applicationsâ¢Must be able to manipulate the database for reports and studies for researchers and administrators, as well as cliniciansâ¢Must be very familiar with information systems technology required for data export, transmission to state, file creation, etc.â¢Must at all times, maintain and respect confidentiality of sensitive data, files, etc. and be familiar with HIPAA rulesâ¢Must have the ability to organize and prioritize a large volume of work and to adapt to changing priorities.Required License/Certification:â¢Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR) eligibility required. If CTR-eligible but without certification - commitment to sit and pass for CTR exam within one year from date of hire. â¢Fire and Safety Certification. If no card upon hire, one must be obtained within 30 days of hire, and maintained by renewal before expiration date.
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.