A Clinical Research Coordinator will join our rapidly growing rare lung disease clinical and research center. We perform clinical-translational research in patients with rare lung diseases including alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. The overarching goal of our clinical care and research is to develop strategies to individualize patient clinical care and improve clinical outcomes. We seek to ensure all clinical patients at our center and others in the tri-state area are evaluated for eligibility in various clinical trials in the rare lung disease community.
The Clinical Research Coordinator will help assist in the recruitment and maintenance of patients into multiple studies, including prospective clinical trials, observational cohort studies, and retrospective chart review studies for patients in the Alpha-1 Foundation Clinical Resource Center and the Center for LAM and Rare Lung Diseases at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. The coordinator must be comfortable working with patients with lung disease.
In addition to clinical trials, the PA will have outpatient responsibilities as well as occasional inpatient responsibilities. Additionally, the PA will assist with peer-to-peer insurance authorizations, prescription refills, urgent medical calls, coordination of care with local doctors and other specialists, and provide results to patients who have had diagnostic testing.
Perform participant recruitment, screening and enrolling subjects for clinical research study by telephone and/or in-person.
Conduct informed consent discussions and obtain informed consent.
Administer study questionnaires/diaries and conduct study visits.
Obtain and process blood specimens and maintaining accurate and detailed logs of work for enrolled patients. The PA must be skilled in venipuncture and nasal pharyngeal swabs.
Collect, process and assist in the compilation and verification of research samples and/or specimens.
Assist with the procurement of supplies/food products from outside vendors to meet the needs of study participants. Assist study participants in navigating through the medical center for study visits.
Extract data from the medical record for clinical trials.
Perform occasional administrative tasks, such as ordering research supplies and preparing IRB documents.
Perform history and physical examinations on patients. In consultation with the patient's attending physician, establishes a presumptive diagnosis and initiates the work up of the patient by ordering appropriate laboratory studies. Under supervision, is responsible for the management of the patient's medical issues following diagnosis.
Assist with ordering appropriate laboratory diagnostic and perform other screening tests.
Seek other information as needed, including consultation with prior treating physicians via medical records requests, and refer for new consultations for evaluation of illness.
Assist in weekly clinic. Make complete chart entries for clinic visits as well as phone/email follow-up.
Develop and implement treatment plan by prescribing/dispensing medications and/or injections in compliance established protocols or specific instructions from the responsible physician. Orders oral and parental medications for patients under the care of the supervising physician.
Communicates with patients and families regarding their medial issues following consultation with the responsible physician. Provides counseling and instruction regarding patients' medical issues.
Collaborates with other caregivers to ensure continuity of care of patients, and to attain the greatest efficacy in the use of hospital resources in managing patients.
Provides recommendations to appropriate community resources to meet patient/family needs.
Communicates appropriate case management information to professionals and community agencies.
Communicates with patients regarding letters of medical necessity, work and travel related considerations.
Prepares documentation for medical records including updating patient medical charts by posting examination and test results, diagnosis, medications, and treatment in written/computerized manner.
Participates in peer reviews, chart reviews, staff education, clinical guideline development, and other continuing educations. Also provide quality assurance activities to demonstrate compliance with standards, regulations, policies, and procedures.
Provides follow-up and health maintenance care including appropriate adjustments of medications to patients in accordance with established protocols or specific instructions from the responsible physician. Orders oral and parental medications for patients under the care of the supervising physician.
Collaborates with physicians in managing acute and long term medical needs of patient.
Assist with monitoring and continuity of care between visits according to treatment plan including triaging patient calls/e-mails.
Assist with paperwork and office work as required.
Assist with rare inpatient hospital consultations as needed.
Perform other job related duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited Physician Assistant program plus four (4) years of related experience
Ability to work independently within a team.
Phlebotomy training and/or experience
Physician Assistant License in New York State.
Must possess a high degree of professionalism
Experience in managing complex schedules
Must be able to work collaboratively within a diverse team of professionals and must be highly organized
Must acknowledge that the patient if our highest priority
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.
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