- The position of Research Assistant will entail active engagement in multiple aspects of several ongoing and new research studies under the direction of the Principal Investigator and Research Coordinator.
- The RA will be required to learn the objectives of the studies, how to administer research questionnaires to patients, screen patients for eligibility by reviewing office charts, and how to obtain informed consent.
- The RA will be required to interview patients in person and by telephone, extract medical information from office and hospital records, and enter data into computer databases.
- Additional required skills include doing library literature searchers, assisting in the preparation of documents for the IRB and NIH, assisting in preparation of manuscripts and presentations, scanning charts for archiving, and procuring necessary office supplies.
- The RA also will be required to assist in setting up meetings with other investigators and to participate in these meetings as necessary.
- The RA will be expected to interact in a professional manner with patients and office staff, comply with Human Subjects research requirements, and participate in professional development programs offered by HSS.
- Performs data collection and data entry for studies. Ensures accuracy when transcribing data from data collection sheets, medical records, electronic institutional databases or other source documents into database.
- Conducts patient interviews, phone calls and follow-up visits at hospital bedside to obtain data as per protocol and as requested by the Study Coordinator under direction of Principal Investigator and Research Manager.
- Works autonomously and manages time to complete the requested number of follow-up visits per shift (within the protocol's specified window of time) and data entry quotas per week.
- Tracks and records time spent on studies. Reports progress made on each shift by emailing Study Coordinator and research administrators.
- Responsible for the handling, packaging, storing and/or shipping of dangerous goods under supervision and in compliance with State and Federal regulations. These specimens may include tissue, blood, dry ice, and chemicals. Certification in these procedures is required in accordance with federal Regulations (training and certification can be obtained on the job).
- Bachelor’s degree required.
- 2-3 years prior research experience preferred (fresh graduate is also considered)
- Must be proficient in the use of computers and software., including Microsoft Excel and Word.
- Knowledge of Orthopedic and/or Rheumatologic terminology is a plus.
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