The Department of Anesthesiology Research is seeking a Research Assistant to track and analyze data for the Johns Hopkins Health System Blood Management Program. This involves following patients throughout the Health System with regard to blood utilization and clinical outcomes. Tracking compliance rates with transfusion guidelines and whether this impacts clinical outcomes is a key component to the program and to this job position. Furthermore, cost savings will be calculated for avoiding unnecessary transfusions.
The Research Assistant will follow patients who do not accept blood transfusion (Johns Hopkins Center for Bloodless Medicine and Surgery). This involves about 400 inpatients per year and over 2,000 outpatient encounters. These patients receive special treatments as alternatives to transfusion. We track clinical outcomes, laboratory values, and special treatment modalities to determine whether patients receiving Bloodless care do as well, better, or worse than patients who accept transfusion. The position requires graphing out findings, including table and figure generation for publications. Furthermore, revenue generation from these patient encounters will be tracked and reported.
The Research Assistant will communicate with patients and their family members is important. Understanding of compassion and empathy for sick patients and their family members will be important (a good bedside manner), as there are occasional patient visits with the Medical Director (Steven Frank).
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Track clinical outcomes, laboratory values, and special treatment modalities to determine whether patients receiving Bloodless care do as well, better, or worse than patients who accept transfusion.
Attend team meetings to learn and offer input to optimize patient care without transfusing blood.
Update and curate three separate databases, this requires programing skills with software applications such as SAS, JMP, Excel, and Stata.
Understand of statistical analysis using continuous, dichotomous, and ordinal variables will be required and this entails performing univariate and multivariate statistics, along with multiple linear and logistic regressions.
Provide graphic display of findings, including table and figure generation for publications will be required.
Manuscript writing and editing is also a skill required for this position.
Collaborate with members of other departments will be required in order to merge databases and examine the relationships between blood transfusion and outcomes.
Report writing for the Johns Hopkins Health System Blood Management Clinical Community: Each month for JHH and each quarter for JHHS, blood utilization reports need to generate using our Qlikview and Tableau dashboards for 20 departments at JHH and 10 departments at each of the other 4 hospitals - Sibley, Howard, Suburban, and Bayview. These reports have provider level details for over 600 providers in total on transfusion guideline compliance rates. We also use these data for OPPE – ongoing provider performance evaluation.
Bachelor's degree in related discipline. Some related experience. Additional education may substitute for required experience and additional related experience may substitute for required education, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.
JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.
Preferred Qualifications: Medical background – understanding of basic transfusion medicine.
Additional Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Programing skills with software applications such as SAS, JMP, Excel, and Stata. Understanding of statistical analysis using continuous, dichotomous, and ordinal variables will be required and this entails performing univariate and multivariate statistics, along with multiple linear and logistic regressions. Manuscript writing and editing is also a skill required for this position.
Technical Qualifications: Relational databases and some SQL and R programing language code will be used, but will be taught with training on the job or we will obtain help with these applications from the clinical research center at ACCM. Collaboration with members of other departments will be required in order to merge databases and examine the relationships between blood transfusion and outcomes.
Sitting, standing and walking for extended period. Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction. Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s). Ability to move standard equipment and move about the hospital or clinical environment
Classified Title: Research Assistant Role/Level/Range: ACRO40/E/02/CD Starting Salary Range: $16.26 - $22.35;Commensurate with experience Employee Group: Full Time Schedule: Monday - Friday Exempt Status: Non-Exempt Location: School of Medicine, East Baltimore Campus Department Name: Anesthesiology Research Personnel Area: School of Medicine
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