Classified Title: Research Program Assistant Working Title: Research Program Assistant Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CB Starting Salary Range: $12.19-$16.77 (commensurate with experience) Employee group: Casual Schedule: Working 40 hours per week; Monday-Friday and Occasional Saturdays Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: 17-MD:JH Prohealth Gwynn Oak Department name: 10002809-SOM DOM General Internal Medicine Personnel area: School of Medicine
Position will support participant recruitment, retention and data collection for several research studies conducted at the ProHealth clinical research unit in Woodlawn. The Research Program Assistant will work with the Research Project Coordinator and other staff in preparing documentation for data collection, organizing participant visits, conducting the study visits, and collecting and processing biological specimens.
Documentation for Data Collection:
Collection of questionnaires/physical assessments from data collection visits and telephone assessments
Data entry of participant information into study databases
Procedures for data integrity, data security and confidentiality followed
Participant Data Collection:
Establish and maintain working relationship with study participant, ProHealth staff, and investigators
Conduct participant consent procedures
Conduct participant interviews based on study protocols
Administer data collection tools, including questionnaires
Assess blood pressure, height, weight, waist circumference, and other procedures as needed in studies
Collect and process biological specimens (blood and urine primarily)
Administer telephone assessments
Contact participants by phone, as needed, to collect data and to schedule and confirm appointments
Implement follow-up protocol for hard to reach participants and no-shows
Related Project Tasks
Participate in staff meetings
Assist project coordinator as necessary with study related tasks including preparing letters and documents, filing, emailing, mass mailings, reviewing charts, editing forms, maintaining databases, and conducting literature/web searches
Participate in cross-training to cover other studies and provide support as necessary
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a friendly manner and team work ethnic
Initiative, ability to work independently
Proficiency in MS Word/Excel, Access
Phlebotomy, centrifuging and other lab experience
Blood Pressure measurement, ECG and other clinical measurements
Assist in a “feeding study” by working in Metabolic Kitchen with weighing and processing food preparation.
Other tasks as needed
High School diploma and some related experience required. Some college classes’ preferred but appropriate experience may substitute for college credits.
Must have initiative, excellent verbal communications skills, good organizational skills, a friendly manner and team work ethic.
Experience with interviewing, blood drawing, and physical measurements such as blood pressure measurement required. Proficiency in MS Word/Excel required. Health related experience required and experience in a research setting preferred.
Availability during early morning hours required for conducting assessment protocols and performing fasting blood draws.
Availability on some Saturdays and evenings also required for participant visits, along with willingness to travel for data collection and visits off-site at locations, other than ProHealth.
The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.
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